BBC announces commission of Call The Midwife series six
BBC One is very proud to be the home of Call the Midwife. It's unrelenting quality and ambition has made it the most watched drama series of the year and I've just committed to a sixth series in 2017.Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One
Series six, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, and Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, will consist of a Christmas special in 2016 followed by 8x60-minute episodes in 2017. The series will take the nuns and midwives into 1962.
Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One, Call The Midwife has been one of Britain’s most popular drama series since it launched in 2012 and it is this year’s most-watched drama series in the UK. All four series to date have averaged over 10m viewers per episode.
Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions says: “I am delighted that the BBC has decided to commission series six of Call The Midwife even before we have gone on air with series five! It really demonstrates their commitment to and passion for the show. The ongoing success of Call The Midwife is down to the incredible writing skills of Heidi Thomas and the talent and dedication of our wonderful cast and crew. I hope the audience will enjoy watching series five, which I firmly believe is our strongest yet."
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: "BBC One is very proud to be the home of Call The Midwife. Its unrelenting quality and ambition has made it the most-watched drama series of the year and I've just committed to a sixth series in 2017."
Audiences will return to Poplar this month with the fourth Christmas special episode and can continue to enjoy series five as it follows on in January 2016. Heidi Thomas continues to lead the writing team with Pippa Harris as executive producer for Neal Street Productions. Executive producer for the BBC is Elizabeth Kilgarriff, with Ann Tricklebank as producer.