Call The Midwife Renewed

Call the Midwife Renewed for 3 Seasons

Call the Midwife is well on its way to becoming the next Downton Abbey.

The popular BBC One drama, which airs Stateside on PBS, has been renewed for Seasons 7, 8 and 9, with a Christmas special included in each, our sister site Deadline reports.

For those unfamiliar with the scripted drama, it follows a dedicated team of midwives and nuns working at a convent in London’s East End in the 1950s and ’60s. The show is based on real-life nurse Jennifer Worth’s best-selling trilogy of memoirs.

Are you a Midwife fan? If so, what are your hopes for the series’ extended future? And if not, what do you have against adorable British nurses? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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71 Comments
  1. Laurie says:

    This show was suggested to me and I ended up binge watching all the previous seasons in rapid fire time. Love the show. I will definitely watch these seasons as well. I hear that Chummy won’t be back is that true? I enjoyed her character.

    • Kim R says:

      I was just going to say the same thing. I love the show and I miss Chummy. :)

    • maggie says:

      Miranda Hart (Chummy) wanted to come back this upcoming season, but couldn’t fit it into her schedule. But, she has said that she is willing to come back when she is available.

  2. Collette says:

    I just ordered season one from the library. It’s not really a subject that appeals to me but American TV is so sub-par that I find myself spending more time watching PBS/BBC and other British fare than domestic product.

    • maggie says:

      I didn’t think it would be a subject that I would be interested in, but I found it engrossing. The stories of poverty, love, devotion to God, devotion to work and helping others, personal pain, personal growth, etc., are universal stories of humanity.

      • Cathy Meyer says:

        Well put. I am looking forward to any new episodes. There’s just something wonderful about this show.

    • David says:

      I thought the same thing before I started watching. A group of British Midwives in the 1950s/1960s? Really? How boring that must be. I watched anyway. I’m now COMPLETELY a huge fan. The show tackles so many subjects and is just so well done that I can’t imagine NOT watching.

  3. Jane says:

    I want Chummy back. It seem strange to have her husband but not her.

  4. R.O.B. says:

    Don’t know which season I am on – I think it is one of the newest. But what I don’t get is, the midwife who is narrarating it isn’t on the show anymore – does she ever come back? How is she narrarating with such detail things she is not present for anymore?

    • lindae5o says:

      To be honest, I can’t remember if there was still narration after the actress portraying the lead character left. Vanessa Redgrave, representing the author Jennifer Worth, did the narration, so I don’t think we were meant to think it was the lead character speaking, otherwise the actress’s voice would have been used instead.

      • maggie says:

        Jenny Lee, who was originally the lead character, is the maiden name of Jennifer Worth. Vanessa Redgrave is playing the older version of Jenny. Redgrave was onscreen in the Christmas special, and talked with her husband about keeping in touch with everyone. IRL Jenny did stay friends with some of the women she worked with, but all, including Jenny, have passed on. The real stories that Jenny Lee Worth wrote about were run through in the first couple of seasons, and from the third season on the stories diverged into fiction.

        • any mous says:

          According to the Special Features section on the 3rd disk of Season 2 the production company had a lot of help from the real Jenny Lee getting all the “ducks in a row” during the pre-filming stage, but she passed away just before the filming began.

  5. CW says:

    I adore this show. The stories are both moving and engrossing, and the actors are first rate. I hope even more viewers find this gem of a series. It’s a worthy successor to Downton Abbey.

  6. Eva says:

    This show is so much better than Downton Abbey, tho…

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, it is. It is certainly not the new Downton in the U.K. Call the Midwife regularly trounced Downton when they were opposite each other, especially the Christmas specials. We Brits can’t understand your obsession with Downton. It never received awards here.

      • maggie says:

        So those BAFTAs don’t count as awards? If it wasn’t popular in the UK, why did it win Most Popular Drama at The National Television Awards (UK) FOUR TIMES? Last year Downton Abbey was the highest rated TV show on Christmas Day in the UK, beating even Call the Midwife.

        I love Call The Midwife, and prefer it to Downton Abbey. But, it’s just wrong to say that DA was not popular in the UK.

      • Katie T says:

        Call the Midwife never trounced Downton Abbey in the ratings here in the UK at all. Mainly because they never aired against each other,as apart from both airing Christmas specials on Christmas day,they aired at different times of year. Downton aired September to November,Call the Midwife airs from January to March. And they both had similar ratings anyway,regularly getting 8-10 million.
        And as Maggie said,it’s won a lot of awards like Baftas. So to say it was less popular than Downton is completely wrong. And this is from someone that loves both shows

      • Livia says:

        I adore both shows, Downton and Call the Midwife. And I am also reading the book Call the Midwife and I am loving it! Here in Brazil we love BBC shows! I think that Call the Midwife has more lyric appeal than Downton, so touching us more deep.

  7. Kate says:

    This is good news… would like to have Chummy return… even if for just a couple of episodes.

  8. MMD says:

    This is thrilling. I never had any interest in Downton Abbey but love Call the Midwife. I’m with some of the others, I want Chummy back.

  9. Romi says:

    This is such great news. I love this show too. I would like to see some scenes of the nurses socializing like they did in the earlier seasons. I also miss Chummy.

  10. I love this show…I am so glad we are getting 3 more seasons….:)

  11. Dale says:

    Wonderful show and one of my favorites. As a nurse who started my career in the early 1960’s, I find the show to be very accurate in the portrayal of the medical issues of the period. So glad that i have three more seasons to look forward to.

  12. Canada 67 says:

    Bring Back CHUMMIE!!! such a brilliant show.

  13. A fan of TV says:

    I binged this show, even loved it after Jessica Raine left, loved it less after Miranda Hart did, though. Got caught up in real time then stopped and pretty sure I need to binge what’s new. An excellent series, well cast, really entertaining.

  14. Charlene Ofstedahl says:

    Love this show and am looking forward to watching new seasons.

  15. Soraya E. says:

    I am a HUGE fan of this series, I discovered it on Netflix and have been hooked ever since. I’ve seen all the seasons that are there so far and it has only made me love it more. The subject in and of itself, midwifery, is not something that interests me, in fact, I have great difficulty with anything baby-related, but that’s exactly the reason why I love it. It gives me all the feels and I love when things I watch make me feel things, good or bad. Granted, I cry almost every episode, but I don’t care. It’s therapeutic.

  16. Ally Oop says:

    Oh wow. Awesome. One of my favorite shows on TV the last few years. I’m surprised it was renewed as Brit shows often have shorter spans.

  17. Yoko says:

    Fabulous. Fantastic show. Read the books and see how close they stayed to the real life story. Can’t wait to see whats up for all the ladies!

  18. nancy lee says:

    Can’t wait for season 6,7,8 and so on. It’s like you become part of their world. Love the realness it shows about how hard life was back in those days.

  19. Jean McElwee says:

    Please put on Netflix

  20. Katy Connor says:

    I love the show I can’t get enough its fantastic seeing how midwives and mums and families lived in those times the actors are fantastic I hope no more leave.

  21. Kendra says:

    I need more from Patsy and Delia! I just want them to be happy!

  22. i absolutely love call the midwife, my mother, daughter,son and myself are all nurses and i never miss an episode. please keep it coming!!! we are superfans. thank you so much for fine quality television

  23. Lyn says:

    I also had to cram all the episodes, fell in love with the characters and the the program and was gutted to find that Season 6 ended tonight, which sounded that it was final. So pleased to now read that there will be Season 7,8 and 9, Please don’t take to long to release Season 7 I am now going to go into Call the Midwife Withdrawal.

  24. Janette says:

    One of the most brilliant shows ever. I love the characters and story lines but also the way they weave in the medical topics relevant to that period in time

  25. Kerrie says:

    I love this show . It is so well made like many BBC shows. I usually cry by the end of each episode. Keep them coming.

  26. JB says:

    I’d like to see more women’s issues of the time– how women were advancing towards the sexual revolution and feminism, but also tied to traditions of the past– balancing feminism while learning how to be wife/mother. I know that the show touches on these topics, particularly for working women. The show touches on the pill, which was a life changer for many women. What are some other medical advances, or changes in medical practice that influenced midwifery and overall health– fetal electronic monitoring? How did the Feminine Mystique influence how women saw themselves in Poplar? Would love to see more class dichotomy— maybe talk about how the healthcare experience was for a middle class/ or upper middle class woman vs. poor, especially since all women were on the National Health.

  27. nico says:

    I absolutely love the show, not saying it improved my spoken English incredibly. About what I would like to see in the new series I think what you already started: to show the progress of science and medicine in common people life. I just realised that with Chummy the moto-scooter disappeared too. And, since we are speaking about a community, I believe it will also be interesting to see some of the characters (patients) from the first seasons coming into light with a new story.

  28. Anna Maria says:

    I think “call the midwife should never end ! I wish it will be like the next “the young and the restless”. I would like to see the characters grow old and the kids become adults. Will miss this how very much please keep it going

    • Anna Maria says:

      Needless to mention, the young and the restless is terribly boring. If i could compare call the midwife to a show i would say Downtown Abbey but Call the midwife is so much better! I just want the length of “the young and the restless” for Call the midwife. I completely ador this show….

  29. Greg says:

    Few TV series ever are uplifting and as moving as ‘Call the Midwife’. Absolute quality stuff without sex, smut or gratuitous violence. Key characters that are invariably lovable and kind. The world of television desperately needs more shows like this. Please keep making ‘ Call the Midwife’ for ever!!

  30. Broadwayfan says:

    I really love this ahow. It handles many difficult issues with grace and respect.
    It’s so well done.
    I’m just afraid Sister Monica Joan won’t last 3 more years.
    THAT will be a sad passing, indeed.

    • Greg says:

      Brilliant series with such loveable and beautiful characters. So refreshing to watch a show without gratuitous sex and violence. May it never end 😊😊

  31. George A Smith says:

    I am a 69 year old retired worker who has just watched all of your SERIES of the ‘Call The Midwives’ and I cannot stop watching the program. The wife and I can’t wait till SEASONS 7-8-9 begin. We are saddened Chummy won’t be returning but keep up the good work for your excellent writing ability.

  32. Helena says:

    i am a huge CTM fan. Now i’m commenting quite late but i will tell about my hopes for the future seasons . i’ve already seen season 6 on simply june site so i’m going to comment on season 7.

    1. A Chinese midwife??? pretty please with a cherry on top? Season 6 has already fulfilled my desire for a Chinese baby, which is in the third episode.

    2. Would it be possible for one of the moms from a previous season to return and have a second baby with the midwives? Susan(baby with no limbs ) family returned in season 6, so far they are the only family that we are allowed to folllow up on . They aren’t having another baby after the hard shop they went through but their future is brighter than when Susan first arrived. Glad that Susan is getting the help she needs from special hospitals.

    3. Relating to the above point, unfortunately Ruby Cottingham was excluded from the thailidimide( can’t spell) follow up .She was the mom of the second limbless baby who wasn’t as lucky as Susan and didn’t survive. Last time we saw her she was taking gin in her coffee. i was scared for her, what if she goes into a depressive mood and commits suicide ?

    4. Is there any way of a VBAC ( vaginal birth after cesarean ) in a future episode? I know that VBACs were dangerous back then, it’s due to the vertical incision on the uterus.there was a story i read about how in the 1500s a man who was a butcher ( surprised?? i think not ) delivered his firstborn by c section . Yes both mom and baby survived. The mom went on to have 5 more healthy babies naturally . That is like the greatest success story i have ever heard, given the lack of knowledge in medicine in that day . Therefore, i think a VBAC on CTM is very much possible . I really want them to show this kind of birth story because it is very empowering. Back then, and even today, the general attitude seems to be ” once a c section, always a c section” I find that really unfair. One delivery that has not gone according to plan shouldn’t have a domino effect on the future deliveries . Of course, it is nervous to think about a previously weakened uterus braving these strong contractions but it is even more daunting to imagine hacking in there a second time, or third, or fourth..

    5. in season 6, there has been much talk about contraception . However, there is still no mention of giving puberty talks( not sex ed) to pre teens. They need to learn about this so that they aren’t afraid when they experience changes in their body and there would be no ” I think i need an ambulance / blood transfusion/ am dying ” when a girl gets her first period. What i’m really curious about is how the midwives manage to do their work properly in that time of month. What if they can’t sleep during the night due to the cramps and ask for some quick pain relief from their co workers and won’t settle for plain aspirin. i think the best course of action is to give them a shot of pethadine , which they have in stock . now that would be a funny scene to see. Normally even nurses hate getting needles but when you have cramps, you don’t care anymore .

  33. Donna clark says:

    Love this show. Love the girls and their trials and tribulations is great tv
    Hop there are season 9,10,11,12

  34. Leah says:

    That’s great I love this series when will season 7 start

  35. roswitha says:

    Call the midwife season – totally brilliant! Glad to hear there will be at least 3 more seasons. So superbly researched – I almost found myself back in the London East End. Any chance of ‘Chumly-Brown being put back into the series please?

  36. Jade-Marie Devon says:

    Call the midwife is the highlight to the end of my week. It is utterly beautiful and so well written. Each character is so talented and I enjoy every single one. I really hope it doesn’t ever stop!

  37. sherry allen says:

    i love love this show!! it only gets better ,but we need more episodes in a season! each new chacter is great, please expand the seasons, dont stop this wonderful show

  38. Jan says:

    Wish you folks at Tvline would do weekly recaps of this wonderful show! There’s so much going on with the characters; so much to look forward to (or dread).

  39. Susan moore says:

    I stumbled upon this show by accident but being a nurse myself I love it

  40. Loretta Leighty says:

    I’m waiting with abated breath for season 7; when will it start?

  41. Patricia Jacobs says:

    Love this show. I’m sad that the 6th season finale is tonight, but happy there are more seasons to come.

  42. doltondani says:

    Love the show the great detail all the characters become friends. The love and dedication in all situations, the way each subject matter is presented and dealt with. It is sharing the life with all of the characters. I am so happy we have 3 more seasons because it is truly one of the best show on TV.

  43. I love this show. I do not know about the UK, but this is the best show on US television as far as I am concerned. Great characters and wonderful story lines. Life is not always easy, but there are always those wonderful moments. That what this show is all about.

  44. Linda says:

    Love the show, so happy to have 3 new seasons

  45. Alwin Kosmas says:

    A wonderful series that most of us who were born in that era can relate with. My husband and myself have really enjoyed the whole series so far. Just finished the 6th series. 😢 Looking forward to the rest !! Thank you.

  46. Gia says:

    Started watching the show on a fluke, ended up loving it so much. Binge watched it. Can’t wait for its return.

  47. Victoria says:

    Love love this series can not WSIT for the future seasons!

  48. Sherry Callison says:

    Nurse Franklin deserves to find love!

  49. Sherry Callison says:

    Also, bring back Nurse Jenny Lynn.