The BBC has confirmed which Call the Midwife characters will be back next season.
It was announced earlier this year that the hit period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London has been renewed for another three seasons.
Season 9 is filming right now and it’ll air in early 2020 on BBC One in the UK, then on Masterpiece on PBS in the US.
Returning cast members will include Jennifer Kirby as Valerie, Leonie Elliott as Lucille and Helen George as Trixie.
They’ll be joined by Stephen McGann as Dr Turner, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Laura Main as Shelagh Turner, Cliff Parisi as Fred, Annabelle Apsion as Violet, Max Macmillan as Timothy, Trevor Cooper as Sgt Woolf and Daniel Laurie as Reggie.
Season 8’s new characters – Miriam Margolyes as Mother Mildred, Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins, Fenella Woolgar as Sister Hilda and Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances – will also return.
Hinting at what to expect in Season 9, Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas commented: “After a magical Christmas experience in the Hebrides featuring wild seas, stormy skies and some very disobedient sheep, we return to the harsher reality of city life in 1965. Society is changing fast and in series nine we will see Nonnatus House shaken to its foundations.”
Mona Qureshi, Commissioning Editor at BBC, added: “Call the Midwife really is such a special show, which consistently rewards us with challenging and compassionate stories that relate to modern audiences in all their diversity of experience.
“We are thrilled to be filming once again with the beloved team of midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House. Our audiences are in for another treat with the Christmas special and new series.”
Season 8 is available on DVD on Amazon.