'Call the Midwife' Season 6 to Premiere on PBS in April

Shelagh, Trixie, Barbara and Nurse Crane in the "Call the Midwife" 2016 Holiday Special (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)
Shelagh, Trixie, Barbara and Nurse Crane in the "Call the Midwife" 2016 Holiday Special (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

For all you Call the Midwife fans who loved the holiday special, but felt pretty much immediately bereft afterward over the fact that it was just a single episode, we've got some good news to share. Call the Midwife Season 6 is not too far away!

The sixth season, which will air on BBC One this winter, will be coming to America soon after. Call the Midwife will return to PBS stations nationwide on April 2. It will run through May 21.

What do we know about the new season thus far? Not too much. Per the official press release about PBS mid-season programming, Season 6 will be set in 1962, and times are changing, from the beacon of the contraceptive pill and the shadow of infamous gangsters the Krays to the new welfare policies introduced by the government.

Back in Poplar, when the rather austere Sister Ursula is appointed the new head of Nonnatus House, Sister Julienne finds herself demoted and working back alongside the midwives as an ordinary member of staff. She is not the only one to face challenges closer to home. As they strive to help mothers and families cope with the demands of childbearing, disability, disease and social prejudice, our beloved medics must make choices – and fight battles – of their own. Season 6 sees them laugh together, cry together, and pull together, supporting each other as never before.

Unfortunately, Miranda Hart’s fan favorite character Chummy won’t be returning for the new season, despite previous reports following the conclusion of Season 5 that she would be. Womp womp. All is not lost through – the series has already been renewed through Season 9, so the odds are pretty high we’ll see Chummy again at some point if we’re patient.

If you missed the Call the Midwife holiday episode, it’s currently streaming online.  Are you excited for Season 6? Tell us about it in the comments.