Heidi Thomas

Call the Midwife enrols new pupils as series 13 begins filming

Renee Bailey (Mood) and Natalie Quarry (Doctors) will play the new pupils, Joyce Highland and Rosalind Clifford. Both young characters are excited to embark on the new chapter in their careers together, even sharing a room in Nonnatus House.

Joyce hails from Trinidad and has set her sights on becoming Matron of a British hospital. She's smart, hardworking and kind-hearted, despite a traumatic past that the BBC hints will eventually come to light.

BBC conceives two more series of Call the Midwife

As Call the Midwife still has the nation crying happy tears, the BBC has commissioned two further series.

It means that the heart-warming period drama, which is nearing the end of its 12th series, will air on the BBC until 2026.

Celebrating the announcement, Heidi Thomas, creator and writer of the series, said: “I’m overjoyed by the news that the doors of Nonnatus House will be open for a few more years! Call the Midwife is the pride and joy of all who work on it, but it’s our fantastic, loyal audience that matters most.

Call The Midwife renewed for two more series

With series ten premiering on Sunday 18 April and series 11 soon to start filming, Call The Midwife will now be on air until 2024.

Series 12 and 13 will consist of eight 60 minute episodes and two Christmas specials.

Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, Heidi Thomas, said: “It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over.

Celebrating 10 Years of Call the Midwife

The RTS celebrates 10 years of Call the Midwife with series writer Heidi Thomas and cast members Helen George, Leonie Elliott and Jenny Agutter.

As the iconic show heads into 1966 for the upcoming 10th series, the panel discuss what lies ahead for the next series and look back at some of the memorable storylines and the big historical events that impacted the lives of the midwives and nuns at Nonnatus House over the past nine series.

Top writers discuss their craft: “First drafts don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be written"

Reece Shearsmith, Jed Mercurio, Melvyn Bragg (Chair), Heidi Thomas and Steve Pemberton (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Melvyn Bragg was talking at a special live edition of The South Bank Show, featuring four of the UK’s leading TV writers – Jed Mercurio (writer and creator of hit police corruption thriller Line of Duty); Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (black comedy anthology Inside No. 9); and Heidi Thomas (period drama Call the Midwife) – discussing their craft.