Original date of publication: Jan 30, 2012
With the first season not even half way through it’s run, the BBC have already decided that heartwarming Sunday night drama Call The Midwife will get a second series.
Ratings for the first two episodes were 9.8 million for the debut and an equally excellent 8.6 million for episode two making the show one of the Beeb’s best performing drama debuts for some time.
The series is set in the 1950’s and follows the trials and tribulations of newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine) as she begins working with a community of nursing nuns (who include Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt and Miranda Hart in her first dramatic role – if you don’t include unfunny sitcom Hyperdrive that is).
Danny Cohen of the BBC was naturally pleased and said of the re-commission “Call The Midwife has had a huge impact with audiences. It’s a very high-quality drama series from a brilliant team. It manages to be both hard-hitting and emotional, gritty and warm. I am already looking forward to the second series.”
Pippa Harris, the Executive Producer, Neal Street Productions also commented: “We are thrilled that viewers have taken Call The Midwife to their hearts. The re-commission is a fantastic tribute to Jennifer Worth and will ensure that her legacy lives on. We’re very much looking forward to working with our tremendous cast and crew to revisit the residents of Nonnatus House.”