BBC One is sticking with Call The Midwife.
The broadcaster has renewed the hit period drama for a fifth season, TVWise has learned.
From indie Neal Street Productions, Call The Midwife is based on the memoirs of midwife Jennifer Worth and features a cast which includes Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main and Cliff Paris.
The renewal, which is for 8 episodes and a Christmas Special in 2015, comes ahead of the launch of this year’s Christmas special, with the show’s eight episode fourth season set to debut in early 2015.
Call The Midwife has been a hit series for BBC One since its first season in 2012, when it debuted as the channel’s highest rated launch in more than a decade. Since then, every single season has averaged more than 10 million viewers. The shows has also proved to be a global hit, with BBC Worldwide having sold Call The Midwife to broadcasters in nearly 200 territories – including the US, where it airs on PBS.
“Call the Midwife is one of UK’s most popular dramas and in series four Heidi Thomas’ writing meets new heights, said the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson, who ordered the fifth season alongside BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore. “I’m delighted to be commissioning a new series from Pippa Harris and Neal St Productions.”