Filming is underway on ‘Call the Midwife’ special for Christmas 2021

The next season of Call the Midwife is in production already.

BBC One’s hit period drama series about a group of nurse midwives in the East End of London returned to UK screens last month.

Airing slightly later in the year than usual following production delays in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Season 10 only finished shooting in February.

This meant that the Call the Midwife team only had a few weeks off before getting ready to film 2022’s season!

The show’s official Facebook page recently confirmed that the eleventh season of Call the Midwife has now begun filming.

They wrote: “We’re just THRILLED to announce that we’ve also started filming series 11 and the new Christmas Special!!

“Yes, the ink was barely dry on our glowing reviews for the premiere of series 10 at the weekend, when we observed our actors and crew gathering once again in their Christmas finery under warm spring sunshine!

“Normally our new series airs in January, while our team are on all their winter filming break – so we’re not usually filming and broadcasting at the same time.

“But the pandemic has meant that we’re now showing series ten at the same time as we film series 11. It’s all rather a strange new experience!

“[The cast] are SO pleased to be back – and all really wanted to express their thanks to you for your wonderful and continued support for our drama. THANK YOU!!”

Season 10 is currently airing at 8pm on Sunday nights on BBC One.

The seven new episodes will premiere in the US later this year on PBS.

Fortunately, the makers of Call the Midwife have revealed that they expect Season 11 to return to its “normal winter/spring scheduling in 2022.”

This year’s feature-length festive special is expected to air on Christmas Day in both the UK and the US.

In more good news for fans, the BBC officially announced last month that Call the Midwife has been renewed until at least 2024!

The three upcoming seasons will each consist of eight one-hour episodes, plus a feature-length Christmas special, taking the Poplar residents up to 1969.

Writer and creator Heidi Thomas shared her excitement: “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.”

Based on the memoirs of Jennifer WorthCall the Midwife first aired in January 2012 and continues to be one of the UK’s most popular and most watched drama series.

The first nine seasons of Call the Midwife are available on DVD on Amazon.