The writer of Call the Midwife has reacted to last week’s wonderful news about the show’s future.
The hit period drama series about a group of nurse midwives in the East End of London returned on BBC One last night.
Call the Midwife fans have plenty to celebrate, however.
The BBC has officially renewed Call the Midwife until at least 2024.
An eleventh season will air next year, followed by a twelfth season in 2023, and a thirteenth season in 2024.
Each season will once again consist of eight one-hour episodes, plus a feature-length Christmas special.
Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the show first aired in January 2012 and this year’s episodes mark 10 years of Call the Midwife.
Writer and creator Heidi Thomas commented: “It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call the Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over.”
She added: “We are thrilled to be going on for a few more years! Like Nonnatus House itself, we have a proud past but an even more exciting future – full of old favourites, fresh faces, higher hemlines, new ideas.
“The stories we tell are like babies – they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one.”
Executive producer Pippa Harris said: “We are all delighted by this vote of confidence from the BBC, and are looking forward to delivering more laughter, tears and babies for our loyal fans.
“Over the past ten years it has been an honour to see how warmly the show has been embraced by audiences around the world, thanks to the skilful writing of Heidi Thomas and the brilliant work of our cast and crew.”
Call the Midwife starts filming again this spring and the eleventh season will air in early 2022.
Season 9 is available on DVD on Amazon.