Call the Midwife is preparing to ship a model new festive particular and ninth series, as filming has begun forward of its winter return.
Once once more, we’ll see the midwives head out on location – however the place will their adventures take them this time?
Here’s all we know to date about series 9 of the well-liked BBC present.
When is Call the Midwife series 9 on TV? Is there a Christmas particular?
Good information for the present’s military of followers – Call the Midwife shouldn’t be solely again for series 9, it can additionally air a Christmas particular in 2019.
Although we’re a way off the Christmas schedules being launched, each time the drama has had a festive episode to date, it’s all the time aired on Christmas Day to spectacular rankings, so we’re anticipating one other December 25 instalment.
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Following the festive season, Call the Midwife will launch into eight new episodes for series 9 due to air in early 2020, in all probability in the direction of the center of January as traditional.
Who is returning to the solid?
Many of your favourites might be again at Nonnatus House, together with Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Fenella Woolgar as Sister Hilda, Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances, Helen George as Trixie, and Laura Main as Shelagh Turner.
Other welcome returnees embody Jennifer Kirby as Valerie, Leonie Elliott as Lucille, Stephen McGann as Dr Turner, Cliff Parisi as Fred, Annabelle Apsion as Violet, Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins, Max Macmillan as Timothy, Trevor Cooper as Sgt Woolf, and Daniel Laurie as Reggie.
Series eight star Miriam Margolyes may even be again for a brand new series as her character Mother Mildred.
What occurs in the Christmas particular and series 9?
Last 12 months, the midwives spent Christmas at residence in Poplar, however as with the 2017 festive particular, they’re again out on location this 12 months.
They’ll be heading far north below the course of Mother Mildred, to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides which is in dire need of nurses and midwives.
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Although their environment are lovely, they’re additionally harsh – the crew discover themselves woefully in need of water and electrical energy to assist their sufferers, however handle to make it again residence to Nonnatus House simply in time for a very good outdated East End Christmas.
Series 9 opens on January 1965 as the nation marks the funeral of Winston Churchill.
The occasions are a’changin in Poplar as increasingly tower blocks spring up and the East End rises from the ashes to develop into extra affluent, but in addition extra difficult.
Talking of which – the Isle of Harris can also be gobsmackingly beautiful, as me and herself found 🙂 #callthemidwife pic.twitter.com/d3Ii52TGAt
— Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann) May 22, 2019
It’s a difficult time for the nurses as the inhabitants shifts and poses new issues, in addition to seeing illnesses akin to diphtheria, drug abuse, most cancers, tuberculosis, and fistula alongside the extra constructive tales of profitable births.
As ever, our favorite characters can have to face love, loss and doubt, however their most turbulent time but comes when Nonnatus House is below menace of demolition to make means for the fast-paced redevelopment round it.
Series creator Heidi Thomas mentioned: “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.”
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Will there be extra Call the Midwife to come?
If you’re a Call the Midwife addict, you can breathe a sigh of aid as that is removed from being the drama’s remaining series.
The BBC know how robust the present’s fanbase is, as a result of they’ve already commissioned a series 10 and 11 – which means we’ll be welcoming again Call the Midwife till at the least 2022.
Where it goes after that isn’t clear but, but when the rankings keep robust, the present may nicely proceed after that, too.
Call the Midwife returns with a festive particular in December 2019, and series 9 in 2020.
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