The cast and crew of Call the Midwife are back in action.
But production has already commenced on next year’s episodes!
BBC One’s much-loved period drama series about a group of nurse midwives in the East End of London recently celebrated a decade on air.
Last year fans were treated to the brilliant news that Call the Midwife had been handed a three-season renewal, confirming the series will remain on air until at least 2024 with its thirteenth season.
Writer and creator Heidi Thomas commented in 2021: “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.”
She added: “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.”
Each upcoming season once again consists of eight one-hour episodes, plus a Christmas special.
We can now confirm that filming is underway on Season 12!
The official Facebook page for Call the Midwife announced this week: “WE’RE BACK!!! We bring you this picture straight from the Nonnatus House set, where our team began filming again just a few hours ago on a brand new Christmas Special and Series 12 of Call the Midwife!”
They wrote: “This year Jenny Agutter (Sr Julienne) and Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane) were there to provide us with the traditional clapperboard shot that marks the beginning of the first scene of the new season.
“We also hope to bring you some exclusive festive sneak peeks from our Poplar Christmas set later this week….. so stay tuned! xxx”
Call the Midwife will be back with its traditional feature-length Christmas special in December, followed by Season 12 in early 2023.
The show’s Facebook page also revealed the very exciting news that Helen George will be reprising her role as Trixie, the character she’s played since the very first episode back in 2012.
They announced: “Our first week of filming the brand new Series 12 involves both day and night shooting – and guess who made a welcome return to Nonnatus house last night for her first scene … Trixie! Played of course by our lovely Helen George xxx”
Explaining why her return is so momentous, they said: “While Helen has been away she’s had a little ‘midwife calling’ of her own to do, as she is now the proud mother of two!
“Her gorgeous new daughter, Lark, was born late last year, and Helen is now ready to get back into the saddle of her bicycle to minister to the women of Poplar once more!
“We are thrilled to have her back, and just can’t wait to show you the next developments in Trixie’s journey…”
While we eagerly await the show’s return, fans can celebrate a decade of Call the Midwife with this wonderful book by Dr Turner actor Stephen McGann.
Call the Midwife is available on DVD on Amazon.