It feels like it’s been an age since the last season of Call the Midwife ended, even if it was only several months ago in reality.
The medical drama follows the story of a group of nurse midwives and nuns who care for the residents of the economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Poplar. Call the Midwife, of course, is so much more than that though – really digging into the personal stories of all the different women involved. (It’s also great if you happen to need a good cry for whatever reason.)
As TV fans go, Midwife viewers are pretty lucky. Though there are some big cast changes headed our way next season, the series has already been renewed through Season 9. (The upcoming run of the drama will only be the series’ seventh season.) If you love the midwives, you’ve got a lot to look forward to over the next few years.
The drama recently wrapped production on Season 7, and posted a pretty adorable cast photo to mark the occasion to its social media accounts.
Per the official Facebook page, the Turner family was the last scene to shoot a scene for the season, so Stephen McGann, Laura Main, Max Macmillan and young Alice Brown (who’s literally grown up on the show) got to pose with the final clapperboard. Though it should be noted that just because the Turner scene was the last to finish filming doesn’t mean it’ll be the last to air in the finale episode. But having the final performers pose for a photo is apparently something of a Call the Midwife tradition.
The drama will return for its annual holiday installment this Christmas, which will air on BBC One and on PBS stations in December. While no firm broadcast dates yet exist for Season 7, it’s likely that the drama will screen this winter in the UK, and air in America in the spring. (This makes sense, at any rate, if only because it has been the series’ airing schedule for the past several years.)
Leonie Elliot will join the series’ cast for Season 7, as Nurse Lucille Anderson, the first West Indian midwife to feature as a regular character in the show. Her addition is meant to help explore the experiences of Caribbean nurses who came over in the 1960s to support the growing NHS.
Per the official BBC description of the new season from back when filming first started, Season 7 will see the nuns and nurses will be tested as never before. All around them they see the old East End vanishing, as slum clearances make way for bold new tower blocks to accommodate expanding communities. Their work brings them into contact with a wide range of challenging issues, from Leprosy, Tokophobia and Stroke, to Huntingdon’s Chorea, Cataracts, and unmarried mothers.
Trixie’s romance with Christopher continues to develop, whilst Tom and Barbara enjoy life as a married couple. Nurse Crane finds her authority questioned from an unexpected quarter, and Sister Monica Joan is forced to accept her failing faculties. And life for the Turners is turned upside down when Shelagh decides to employ an au pair.
Season 7 will once again run for eight episodes.
Are you looking forward to Call the Midwife’s return? What would you like to see in the holiday special and new season?