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Call the Midwife has been renewed for two more series, the BBC has confirmed.

The award-winning drama, which follows a group of midwives in London's East End in the 1960s, will now be on air until at least 2022.

The previously announced series nine will start filming shortly, the BBC said.

Series 10 and 11 will contain eight episodes as well as the usual Christmas specials.

Heidi Thomas, creator, writer and executive producer of the series, said: "Even after all these years, it still feels as though Call the Midwife has more truth to tell, more tears to cry, more life to celebrate, and more love to give.

"We are blessed with the best cast, crew and audience a show could wish for and I could not be more excited about our future."

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, said the corporation was "delighted" to have extended "such a very special show".

Call the Midwife has won plaudits for tackling such issues as female genital mutilation, cleft lips and palates and sickle cell disease.

More Vera

Brenda Blethyn will return as the unorthodox and witty DCI Vera Stanhope for a 10th series of Vera.

Four feature-length episodes of the popular ITV drama will start production in April and will air next year, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Each episode will be self-contained and inspired by the novels and characters created by crime writer Ann Cleeves.

The ninth series of the crime programme, set against the backdrop of the North East of England, aired from January to February and averaged around eight million viewers per episode.

Blethyn, who has played the role since 2011, said: “Along with the rest of the cast of Vera, I’m delighted to be embarking on series 10.

“The enthusiasm and warmth shown to Vera has been overwhelming and we can’t wait to get started. Newcastle here we come!”

Blethyn will be joined by returning cast members Kenny Doughty as DS Aiden Healy, Jon Morrison as DC Kenny Lockhart, Riley Jones as DC Mark Edwards, Ibinabo Jack as DC Jacqueline Williams and Paul Kaye as pathologist Dr Malcolm Donahue.

Executive producer Phil Hunter said he is “thrilled” the programme is returning.

He added: “Making this show is such a joy and it’s clear that Team Vera love it as much as the viewing fans love watching. I’m continually overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment the brilliant cast and crew bring to the show.”


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