A BBC period drama series revolving around a coterie of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and 1960s, Call the Midwife recently premiered its latest season, season 12, on its official network in February 2023. This season satiated the fans’ anticipation by depicting a fairytale-style wedding of Trixie and Matthew, that did not take much time to catapult into a calamity. Be that as it may, it still remains a dream wedding of sorts and an impeccable way to end the season.
No matter how ideal that sounds, there are still a slew of loose strings which have left the minds of the fans whirling with burning questions, that will only achieve fruition in season 13. And if you’re wondering what the future of Call the Midwife entails, then you have landed on the right destination.
Continue to read more about it.
When can we expect Call the Midwife Season 13 to air on the official platform?
Let’s get one thing cleared. If you’re wondering whether Call the Midwife has been renewed for another season or not, then ponder no more, because official sources confirm that the show has been renewed until 2026, which means you’ll see more whining babies, more drama and even more intricate social issues for fans to claw their way in.
In conversation with Digital Spy, the show’s creator Heidi Thomas confirmed the onslaught of emotional moments in the upcoming seasons, saying:
“We are a family behind the scenes, on the screen, and in front of the telly, and I’m thrilled that we’re all heading into the 1970s together.”
Not only that, but the show’s executive producer, Dame Pippa Harris also mentioned, “[The renewal is a] tremendous achievement and it’s a testament to the passion and dedication of our cast and crew, of whom I’m very proud.”
However, as of now, there is no official confirmation regarding the release date of Call the Midwife season 13. Nevertheless, seasons 14 and 15, including 13, are reported to follow the same format as the previous seasons with an eight-episode run of 60 minutes each.
Digital Spy contends, “Despite the tight lips concerning the release date, it’s likely the show will follow its usual pattern, which means a 2023 Christmas episode followed by a new season release in January 2024.”
Who are the expected cast members of Call the Midwife Season 13?
A lot of ambiguity surrounds the cast members owing to how things ended in Call the Midwife season 12. Many speculated that Trixie (Helen George) and Matthew would enjoy their married life and not return. Turns out, this might soon turn into a reality. Speaking to Radio Times, George opened up about her thoughts on the future of the show.
The actress unravelled, “You never have complete control. Absolutely, it’s a genuine fear. You never know and they might just come to a point where they think, ‘Do you know what, we’ve got nothing more to say about your character. There’s nothing left to do with you. So you’re off.’ It happens.”
Keep your fingers crossed midwives, because we don’t want to watch this turn into a reality. Not anytime soon.
Elsewhere in conversation with Irish Mirror, Olly Rix who reprised the role of Matthew, said, “Their focus is on changing things around them. It doesn’t seem to be remotely in their characters to just hang that all up now and enjoy the quiet life. That’s not who they are. There’s no sense that he’s wanting to extricate himself or her from that.”
He further added, “His money is something that facilitates that but, money or not, that’s where his heart is…They’ve got so much work to do there and they’re both very driven, so I can’t see them moving away.”
In contrast to George, Rix is planning to stick longer to the show, longer than season 13.
Upon being questioned regarding his future plans beyond the show by the Digital Spy, the actor answered, “At the moment, all I’m thinking about is Call the Midwife because that’s in front of me, and I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know if the show wants me until 2026. They might not want to go there. I don’t know. One never really knows but as far as I’m concerned, I’m not looking for the next thing. I’m not looking to catch the next branch. I’m gripping the branch I’m on at the moment, and giving it everything I’ve got.”
In addition to the above-mentioned roles, Zephryn Taitte is also confirmed to reprise his role as Cyril. Along with him, we also expect the return of the following cast members:
• Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne
• Rebecca Gethings as Sister Veronica
• Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane
• Laura Main as Shelagh Turner
• Stephen McGann as Dr Patrick Turner
• Max Macmillan as Timothy Turner
• Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins
• Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle
• Annabelle Apsion as Violet Buckle
• Daniel Laurie as Reggie Jackson
Unfortunately, the fans will be heartbroken to know that Leonie Elliot’s character Lucille won’t be returning. This was confirmed by her absence at Trixie’s wedding which has boggled many minds. It is indeed insurmountable to imagine the show without Elliot, still hoping against hope to see her bike roaring around Poplar.
In addition to Elliot, another character who could potentially exit the show is Megan Cusack’s Nancy. Towards the end of season 12, Nancy was offered another nursing job which provided her with the opportunity to live with her daughter Colette. If she chooses to take it, she will have to bid her adieus to Cusack.
What can we expect to happen in Call the Midwife Season 13?
With the exit of Nancy and Lucille, the show won’t be the same in season 13 as it was in its predecessors. Based on how things have ended in the previous season, Cyril’s future seems to be tied to that of Lucille. The reports point to him joining at the beginning of season 13, but his presence will only be concretized in the subsequent seasons if his wife returns with him; otherwise, he might leave to join her in Jamaica. However, if he chooses to stay, it would point to the denouement of their marriage.
We could also not ignore the fact that they had been trying for a baby previously. Is Cyril’s fate anticlimactic: from family man to bachelor? Hopefully not.
On the brighter side, Nonnatus House continues to thrive. With Matthew saving the Poplar Institute from being shut down by buying it, the inhabitants don’t have to no longer worry about the rent. Not only that, but Nonnatus has also teamed up with St Cuthbert’s hospital to accelerate new nursing programmes, which according to Siser Julienne’s word, will herald the arrival of new students to the Nonnatus door.
This implicitly points to a cast reshuffle. Here’s to looking forward to new and refreshing cast members in Call the Midwife Season 13.
Frequently asked questions about Call the Midwife
1. Where can I watch Call the Midwife?
Call the Midwife currently constitutes 12 seasons. All 12 seasons were aired on the official platforms, PBS and BBC One.
2. Is there a trailer for Call the Midwife Season 13?
As of now, there is no official trailer for season 13. However, we expect the 2023 Christmas special to be the first to land.
3. Are all seasons of Call the Midwife on Netflix?
Yes! Seasons 1-11 of Call the Midwife are on Netflix.