Laura Main from Call the Midwife has given fans an update on the show’s future.
The Scottish actress has played Shelagh Turner, previously Sister Bernadette, in the BBC’s long-running period drama about a group of nurse midwives in London’s East End since 2012.
The feature-length festive special will be followed by a twelfth season in early 2023.
Season 12 finished filming last month, but fortunately we already know that there will be another season in 2024.
The thirteenth season of Call the Midwife will take the Poplar residents into 1969.
Will there be a fourteenth season?
In a new interview this week, Laura Main has told the Express that the cast still “haven’t heard anything” about Season 14.
The Shelagh star said: “Well, we know about Series 13 – that was announced a long time ago, but we don’t know about 14. I honestly don’t know anything about beyond 13. Not yet.”
However, she’s suggested that we could hear news very soon, hinting: “Maybe there will be an announcement when Series 12 starts airing in the new year.”
Main added hopefully: “What I would say is that it still feels exciting to be part of Call the Midwife, and you still feel the excitement from the audience, too. And let’s hope there’s going to be more of it.”
She beamed: “I’m loving it and proud of it.”
Explaining why Call the Midwife remains so popular, Main said: “There’s always joy in there and even in the storylines that seem like they’ve maybe got a lot of challenges. You know, there is always hope and joy.”
When will the show end?
Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas has previously stated that the show will eventually reach a natural end.
If Season 14 were to happen, the episodes would be be set in 1970, launching Nonnatus House into a whole new decade.
Thomas told Radio Times a few years ago: “I do know that the original nuns on whom the original books were based left Poplar in 1976, because the social and the medical climate had changed.”
She explained: “They relocated to Birmingham and focused more on spiritual work. So I don’t know how far into the 1970s we could go.”
If Call the Midwife did conclude its story in 1976, this would most likely be in Season 19 in 2030 – wow!
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
First, the show’s creator and producers will need to decide if they want to continue the story, or if the end of the 1960s in Season 13 feels like the right place to end on a high.
There’s also the show’s recently-launched official Call the Midwife podcast to listen to!
Season 11 is available on DVD on Amazon.