Call the Midwife

The First PBS Trailer for Call the Midwife Series 2 is Here!

The highly anticipated second series of hit period drama Call the Midwife will premiere in the US on March 31. (Our lucky friends across the pond are currently watching Series 2 as we speak and we are all very jealous of them, obviously.)

Happily, however, we’ve only got to wait a couple more weeks before we can return to Nonnatus House, and here’s your first look at the new season from PBS. Granted, this clip doesn’t show us very much in the way of storylines for the new season, but it’s still lovely to see some new footage, no matter how innocuous it may be.

'Call the Midwife' Renewed for Third Series and Christmas Special

Woohoo! It’s confirmed: Popular BBC drama Call the Midwife has been officially renewed for a third series by the BBC! We’ll be seeing a lot of the ladies of Nonnatus House in future - the series will return with another special holiday installment this Christmas, followed by an eight-part third season slated to screen at some point in 2014.

The period drama is the BBC’s biggest new drama series in the last decade, and it’s doubtful that anyone is surprised by its renewal. (The first episode of Series 2 scored the drama’s highest tune-in figures to date.) Per the official press release, Call the Midiwife Series 3 will take us to 1959 and the eve of the “Swinging Sixties”. The winds of change that are blowing through the country will impact Nonnatus House as well, as its residents all wrestle with their own momentous changes.

Interestingly enough: Call the Midwife’s run up to this point has been based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth - and by the time we get to Series 3, the show will have run out of stories to adapt. Showrunner Heidi Thomas, however, has said that Worth had already given her blessing for the show to move past her original stories before she died in 2011, so it seems a safe enough bet that someone will be found to pen new original adventures for Nurse Jenny Lee and company.

Series 2 is currently airing in the UK and will premiere here in America on March 31 on PBS stations nationwide. Though the series can occasionally toe the line of dangerously saccharine, it’s got a tremendous amount of charm and heart, as well as a great set of characters, so I’m personally pretty excited we’ve got more Midwife to look forward to. What about you? Pleased that we’ll get more time at Nonnatus House? Let us know in the comments.

Call the Midwife Set to Return to America for Christmas, Series 2 Premieres in the Spring

Santa is bringing a present a bit early to everyone that loves hit series Call the Midwife! It’s official: the period drama will be back on American televisions much sooner than almost anyone could have imagined, with a special Christmas installment premiering at the end of December and the highly anticipated second series set to bow in the Spring.

The 75-minute Call the Midwife holiday episode is scheduled to air on Christmas Day in the UK and will premiere here in America on Sunday, December 30. This is extremely exciting news, as this means we’ll all only have to avoid reviews and spoilers (and Twitter and Facebook and the internet generally) for a few days before we can see it for ourselves. Huzzah!

In the Christmas special, newly married Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant and Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. It looks like another wonderful installment of a series that somehow manages to to exude genuine charm and heart rather than gross sentimentalism (not always a given when dealing with this sort of subject matter).

Furthermore, viewers can look forward to seeing even more of the women of Nonnatus House this Spring, as Series 2 of Call the Midwife will bow at 8pm on Sunday, March 31, just before the Masterpiece premiere of Mr. Selfridge starring Entourage’s Jeremy Piven. (So, there’s yet another bit of quality drama to look forward to in the coming months!) The second series will feature eight episodes (up from Series 1’s six) and the lag time between UK and US transmission is much, much shorter this time around. A positive trend? Let us hope so! More information about Series 2 should start surfacing over the next few weeks as UK promotion gets under way. Check out the first PBS promo for the holiday special below and let us know what you think!

 

Get Your First Look at Call the Midwife’s Christmas Special

Hit drama Call the Midwife will return with a special holiday episode on Christmas Day in the UK.

The 1950s period drama’s Christmas special will feature a storyline about an abandoned baby left on the steps of the convent and the midwives’ desperate search for the child’s mother. Among other things, obviously – though I must confess I’m most interested in seeing how married life is treating Chummy, simply because she’s my favorite. The trailer looks very sweet and just generally seems perfectly Christmassy (though the BBC appears to be touting the drama as a “grittier” alternative to fluffier holiday fare like Downton Abbey).

No, there’s no hint yet as to when we might see the Christmas installment here in America, though it seems safe to assume that it will probably be packaged in somehow with the import of the drama’s Series 2 run, which starts early next year in the UK. (Though again, that's just a best guess. Keep an eye out for future updates.) Take a look at the trailer for yourselves below.

Hit British Drama Call the Midwife Premieres This Sunday!

The BBC’s highest rated new drama series is coming to America this weekend – Call the Midwife premieres on Sunday, September 30!

Call the Midwife is set in the East End of London in the 1950s and tells the story of young Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine), a newly qualified midwife who begins work at a nursing convent, Nonnatus House. The plot follows the stories of Jenny and her fellow midwives as they care for expectant mothers in the economically-deprived neighborhoods of London’s East End. It’s a very sweet and moving story about class and poverty and love and community and I think that almost everyone is really going to enjoy it. To be fair, the series can occasionally get a bit saccharine given the subject matter, but is generally excellent and a wonderful way to spend an hour on Sundays for the next six weeks.

Click through to preview this new drama for yourself, watch a couple of clips and take a look behind-the-scenes to see how much detail has gone into in recreating the atmosphere of 1950s London.

Get a Look at Call the Midwife with the Series’ First PBS Preview

Hit British drama Call the Midwife is coming to PBS stations this Fall starting September 30th. The series scored as BBC One’s highest-rated new drama since 2001 when it aired in the UK earlier this year.

Call the Midwife is set in the East End of London in the 1950s and tells the story of young Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine), a newly qualified midwife who begins work at a nursing convent, Nonnatus House. The plot follows the stories of Jenny and her fellow midwives as they navigate the crowded East End streets teeming with children, workers and a culture remarkably different from the wealth English countryside in which she was raised. It’s a sweet and generally moving story about poverty and class and love and community, and I’ve a feeling that everyone’s going to love it once it airs here.

So, click through for a look at the first PBS trailer for the show, which gives you a good feel for its tone and cast of characters.

Just Announced: BBC Hit Call the Midwife Coming to PBS This Fall!

Our PBS Annual Meeting is taking place in Denver this week– I’m not there, sadly, but I’m hearing about lots of great things and series announcements coming out of it already and it’s only barely under way.

The most exciting bit of news to emerge so far today – it’s been officially announced that hugely popular BBC One drama Call the Midwife will be coming to a PBS station near you this Fall. The series, which aired this past winter in the UK, was the most successful (i.e. highest-rated) drama for the BBC since 2001. (PS: It’s also really good!)

Want to know more? Click through for a quick synopsis and a look at the BBC’s trailer for the show.

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