Call the Midwife fans needn’t worry about the show ending anytime soon.
In addition to this year’s Christmas special and an eighth season in early 2019, the period drama series will definitely be back for a Christmas 2019 special followed by a ninth season in 2020.
Season 8 and Season 9 will each run for eight episodes.
The seventh season of Call the Midwife aired earlier this year on BBC One.
Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas commented: “In the 1960s Britain was a country fizzing with change and challenge, and there is so much rich material – medical, social, and emotional – to be explored. We have now delivered well over one hundred babies on screen, and like those babies, the stories keep on coming! Above all else, it is an incredible privilege to work on a show that is made with such care and received with such love.”
Discussing how it feels to be able to plan ahead so far, executive producer Pippa Harris said: “It has given Heidi [Thomas] and me an enormous sense of forward trajectory so we can look at the history books and think we are going to be able to cover that in series seven and cover that in series eight and so on.
“I think it gives you a fabulous impetus to keep going and keep refreshing what you’re doing because you know that history was moving forwards and every month you move forward there are new developments and new things to look at.
“Probably the best thing about knowing we already have two more series commissioned is that you can really plan ahead for all of the characters. You have the freedom, for instance, to watch the ups and downs of Trixie’s romance with Christopher, knowing you can plan it across any number of episodes.
“If you only have one series commissioned I think it’s your instinct to try and finish off storylines and make everything neat and complete by the end of the series. I think what’s great is you can leave many more strands running and keep storylines open which we couldn’t do in the past.”
Season 7 is available to buy now on DVD.
Filming is currently underway on the eighth season of Call the Midwife.