‘Call the Midwife’ official podcast is coming soon – and you can get involved!

The BBC is launching “an exciting new podcast project” for Call the Midwife fans.

BBC One’s much-loved period drama series about a group of nurse midwives in the East End of London celebrated a decade on air earlier this year.

It’s not the only big anniversary in 2022, as the British Broadcasting Corporation itself celebrates its 100th anniversary this autumn.

Marking a century of TV and radio programming, a list of the nation’s “most-loved BBC television programmes of all time” was recently revealed, including (of course) Call the Midwife.

As part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations, they’ve teamed up with Dr Alice Watson of the University of Oxford to produce a new podcast that “celebrates Call the Midwife and its special relationship with its audience.”

And they want fans to join in!

The official Call the Midwife page on Facebook wrote: “Do you have a personal story or experience that resonates with the stories in our series? Would you be interested in sharing your story on a BBC podcast? If so, then the BBC would love to hear from you!

“The podcast aims to record fans of the programme who have been moved by the themes in our series, or have perhaps experienced some of the events we show in our drama.

“The podcast episodes will feature two Call the Midwife viewers in conversation with Alice – sharing their stories and experiences in relation to particular themes and storylines from our drama. You may be recorded alongside your family, friends, colleagues – or even another fan whose experiences you share.

“For example, did Lucille’s story make you reflect on your own family’s experience as part of the Windrush generation? Or was the Turners adoption story similar – or very different – to your own? Have you lived through a medical issue featured in the series? Or how did Patsy and Delia’s LGBTQIA story make you feel as a member of that same community?”

The makers of the podcast have chosen 18 specific themes from Call the Midwife that they’d be really interested in hearing from fans about.

The topics are: Adoption, Downs Syndrome, Sickle Cell Disease, Alcoholism, Racism and Windrush, Eclampsia, Faith and Religion, Vaccination, The Pill, LGBTQIA* and the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Still Birth, Mental Health, Spina Bifida, Abortion, Diabetes and Pregnancy, Nursing and Midwifery, Sepsis, and Cervical Cancer.

If you’re interested in taking part in the podcast, just follow this link here for more details and can fill out their online application form.

Applications are open until Friday 5th August, so get in quick!

*LGBTQIA is short for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied/asexual/aromantic/agender” and is sometimes shortened to LGBTQ+ or just LGBT.

The next season of Call the Midwife is currently filming near London, England.

Season 12 will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on PBS in the US in early 2023, following the show’s traditional festive special this Christmas.

While we wait for the show’s return, fans can celebrate a decade of Call the Midwife with this marvellous book by Dr Turner actor Stephen McGann.

A Labour of Love: Ten Years of Call the Midwife is out now and you can order it here!

Call the Midwife is available on DVD on Amazon.