Call the Midwife Season 11: The show has been renewed for a 13th season.
Prepare yourselves, Call the Midwife fans, for the Nonnatus House midwives have a lot more in store for them. Here’s all we know so far about the beloved series’s future.
When Will the Eleventh Season Premiere?
While the show premiered in January in the United Kingdom, it will ultimately run in the United States on March 20, 2022 at 8 p.m. EST on PBS Masterpiece.
The show has been renewed through 2024.
In April 2021, just before season 10 began airing in the United Kingdom, the network announced that it had renewed the show for a further two seasons beyond the already-ordered season 11.
With the addition of seasons 12 and 13, fans may rest confident that they will be able to follow the midwives of Poplar until at least 2024. As with past seasons, the new season will consist of eight hour-long episodes and a holiday special.
“It’s an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on a decade of Call The Midwife while also knowing that our journey is far from over,” show creator Heidi Thomas said.
“We are happy to continue for a few more years!” As with Nonnatus House, we have a strong history but an even more exciting future—one filled with familiar faces, new faces, higher hemlines, and new ideas. The stories we tell are like newborns; they never cease to arrive, we adore them all, and we pledge to do our best for each and every one.”
Helen George (Trixie), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), and Linda Bassett (Nurse Phyllis Crane) are slated to return, as are a number of other fan-favorite characters, including the Turners, the Buckles, and, of course, Cyril.
Call the Midwife Season 11: What to Expect
Though we do not yet know what the future holds for the ladies of Nonnatus House, the show’s actors have promised that the following season will bring some significant changes.
Helen George, who portrays Trixie Franklin, revealed that Nonnatus’s longest-serving nurse may be in for some romance. George said, “There are so many barriers to overcome,” referring to widower Matthew Aylward (played by Olly Rix), whom Trixie assisted with his newborn boy following his wife’s death from terminal cancer in season 10.
It begins as a friendship and a support network for both of them, before it develops into anything romantic. I believe it takes them a long time to… I believe it is one of those things that everyone else notices around them before they do.”
“There is an unearthing for both of them as a result of that deep-seated moment they had,” she continued.
However, it appears as though this is taking a romantic turn, as George also said that the couple will have a kiss in the upcoming season, joking about how awkward it was to record a kiss during the pandemic’s precautionary period. The pair “became experts at kissing through Perspex,” she explained, adding that “a man comes along with a tiny spray and a window wipe and wipes down the spit between takes.”
Stephen McGann, who portrays Dr. Turner (and is also the husband of showrunner Heidi Thomas), promised that season 11 will feature a narrative that will have a significant influence on all of the characters. “It’s massive, fantastic, and a genuine challenge,” he explained. “I believe it is a departure for those that follow the show.
It is distinct. It is audacious. Everybody is influenced by it in some manner. Everybody is involved. It collides. It’s fantastic. And it demonstrates us continuing to pursue this endeavour and discovering fresh stories to tell.”
Thomas concurred, implying that the plot will present a challenge to the residents of Nonnatus House (rather than the threats the building itself has faced in recent seasons.)
Everyone is keeping their mouths shut about what those challenges might be, but given that each season is based on a specific year in history, we do have a few suggestions for historical events that the show might cover.
1967, the year in which the season is most likely to take place, saw the legalisation of abortion and the passage of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised “homosexual conduct” between adult men. Given Call the Midwife’s track record of confronting difficult matters, it’s unsurprising to see some of these difficulties handled onscreen.