Production on the new season of Call the Midwife has been suspended.
The BBC’s hit period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London returned earlier this year in the UK with a ninth season.
Two more seasons of Call the Midwife have already been commissioned, as well as another two Christmas specials.
However, the show’s producers have now made the decision to postpone filming due to ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris announced on Facebook: “Very sadly, we have had to postpone the filming of this year’s Call the Midwife Christmas Special and series 10.”
She explained: “Our priority is the safety of our amazing cast and crew, and we don’t believe that shooting at the current time is feasible or responsible.”
Harris added: “However, the moment the situation improves, the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House will be back on their bikes, bringing babies into the world and joy into your living rooms.
“We send our warmest love to the worldwide Call the Midwife family, and look forward to being back in Poplar soon.”
The show’s Facebook page wrote: “On behalf of everybody at Call the Midwife, we wish you all good health xx”
Call the Midwife usually begins filming in mid-March each year.
If the team can resume filming later this year, it’s very possible that we’ll still get a festive episode in December, but we expect Season 10’s air date in 2021 to be delayed.
Fortunately, The Crown managed to rush through its final scenes this week and filming on Season 4 is now complete.
The ninth season of Call the Midwife begins in the US later this month on PBS Masterpiece.
If you’re stuck at home self-isolating right now, check out the brilliant official Call the Midwife board game!
Season 8 is available on DVD on Amazon.