Are you ready for more babies? Call the midwife, the critically acclaimed PBS period drama about a group of midwives who worked in the rugged East End neighborhood of London in the 1950s and 60s, is coming back for a new season this spring. Discover when we go back to Nonnatus House and what to expect from the new season.
Season 8 of Call the Midwife premieres March 31
New episodes of Call the Midwife arrive on PBS from March 31. The season begins in the spring of 1964 and everyone eagerly awaits the arrival of the fourth child of the queen. (Prince Edward was born on March 10, 1964.) In addition, two new sisters have arrived in Poplar, shaking up the dynamics at Nonnatus House.
There are eight episodes in the new season, with the show on May 19.
Who is joining the cast?
Viewers meet the two new sisters in the first episode of the season: Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar) and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri). Also joining the cast is Miriam Margolyes as Sister Mildred. She first appeared in the Christmas show show, which was broadcast in December. Georgie Glen will appear as Miss Higgins, the new receptionist at Dr. Turner’s operation.
Unfortunately, Charlotte Ritchie will not return for season 8 because her character, nurse Barbara Hereward, died at the end of season 7. Jack Ashton, who played Reverend Tom Hereward of nurse Hereward, also left the show. That also applies to Victoria Yeates, who played singer Winifred.
Helen George is back as Trixie Franklin nurse after missing most of season 7. Leonie Elliott as nurse Lucille Anderson, Judy Parfitt as sister Monica Joan, Jennifer Kirby as nurse Valery Dyer, Jenny Agutter as sister Julienne, Laura Main as Shelagh Turner, Stephen McGann as Dr. Patrick Turner and Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle are all back again.
Will there be a Season 9 of Call the Midwife?
While season 8 still has its premiere in the US (it has already been broadcast on the BBC in the UK), fans can take comfort in the fact that Call the Midwife will return another season, which will take place in 1965. And maybe there are more seasons after that.
“We were commissioned by the BBC to become the ninth series, and we may continue,” said creator Heidi Thomas to RadioTimes.com. “And if we did, there seems to be no limit to the interest and excitement of the world in the 1960s.”
She said, however, that continuing the show in the 1970s could be a challenge. First, the nuns who had inspired the series left Poplar in 1976 when the area changed. But 1976 is far in the timeline of the show, which means that Call the Midwife may continue for a long time.
“I think that’s what keeps Call the Midwife going, is the idea that we’re constantly making progress,” Thomas added. “There is always something refreshing and a new face on the horizon.”