“I’m privileged to have Britain’s hottest drama sequence on BBC One,” says Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content material.
The BBC stated Wednesday that it has ordered three extra seasons of hit drama Call The Midwife for flagship channel BBC One.
Seasons seven to 9 have been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content material, and Piers Wenger, director of BBC drama commissioning. Every season will include eight hourlong episodes and a vacation particular. The order will take the nuns and midwives featured within the present, which within the U.S. has aired on PBS, into the mid-1960s.
The three-year renewal comes as some U.Okay. business watchers have predicted extra multiseason present orders amid competitors for fashionable sequence from Netflix and different digital gamers. For instance, Britain’s Channel four misplaced its hit present Black Mirror to Netflix this yr.
Made by Sam Mendes’ Neal Road Productions, Name the Midwife, which debuted in 2012, has been the most-watched drama sequence within the U.Okay., the BBC stated. All seasons have seen “close to or over 10 million viewers per episode,” the general public broadcaster stated. “The sequence has been praised for its compassionate and daring method to points together with stillbirth, psychological well being, abortion, homosexuality, race and incapacity.”
Mentioned Pippa Harris, govt producer for Neal Road: “Like a very supportive mum or dad, the BBC has nurtured our sequence from conception onwards, and this distinctive three-series fee additional demonstrates their care and dedication.”
Mentioned Moore: “I’m privileged to have Britain’s hottest drama sequence on BBC One, and this new three-[season] fee underlines our dedication to the present.”
Heidi Thomas, creator, author and govt producer of the present, stated: “I’m massively excited by the prospect of making three extra [seasons] of Call the Midwife. Within the 1960s, Britain was a rustic fizzing with change and problem, and there may be a lot wealthy materials — medical, social, and emotional — to be explored. We’ve got now delivered effectively over 100 infants on display screen, and like these infants, the tales carry on coming!”
Season six will begin in early 2017.