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