The due dates for the new season of Call the Midwife have been announced!
The BBC’s hit period drama about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London during the 1960s is back in early 2020.
Amongst the returning cast members are Jennifer Kirby as Valerie, Leonie Elliott as Lucille, Helen George as Trixie, and Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances.
Call the Midwife returns in the UK at 8pm on Sunday 5th January on BBC One.
Season 9 will then air in the US on Sunday nights from 29th March on PBS Masterpiece.
Executive producer Pippa Harris has hinted: “This series is fantastic. I am bowled over by the originality of the storylines Heidi [Thomas] has come up with this year.”
She added: “We have the same backdrop in terms of Poplar and our characters. All the characters have returned, and the friendships and relationships between them are as solid as ever. But they’re thrown into a number of different medical and personal scenarios which really test everyone this time.”
Harris also revealed: “I don’t want to go into too many details and ruin anything, but there are certainly personal dilemmas and choices for Lucille and Valerie, and Sister Julienne comes up against something she has very little control over. It’s interesting to watch her for once not quite know where to turn.”
As the show approaches a decade on our screens, the executive producer commented: “I can’t believe that we are nine series in! It still feels like it felt on the first series. I still get a rush of excitement every time Heidi delivers a script. You turn the first page and you are thrown straight back into the world of Poplar with characters that you love. But the great thing is that each series covers new topics.
“This time, for instance, we are looking at a medical condition, fistula, which we have never covered before. It’s something so personal and so debilitating to many women that I think it’s really important that we cover it.”
Before the new season arrives, this year’s Call the Midwife Christmas special airs tomorrow night at 7pm on BBC One in the UK and at 9pm ET on PBS Masterpiece in the US.
Season 8 is available on DVD on Amazon.