What is happening in the British period drama television series? Here is everything we know so far about the current status of Call the Midwife Season 13.
Over the last ten-year period, Heidi Thomas and Neal Street’s drama Call the Midwife, which follows a group of midwives in mid-20th-century London, has consistently been one of the BBC’s top-rated dramas! So, when Call the Midwife concluded the twelfth series earlier this year, many questions relating to the current status of the new season were raised all over social media by die-hard fans. So, if you are wondering the same, then you have reached the right place to get all your queries answered.
Continue reading to find out when the much-anticipated Call the Midwife Season 13 will return with a new season this year or not.
Call the Midwife Season 13: When will it premiere?
As the filming of the beloved series for the 13th season commenced in full swing a few days ago, the fans are once again wondering when the new episodes will officially begin to premiere on the network. If you are wondering the same, then don’t worry, we have got you covered! Right now, it has been confirmed that the series has been renewed by the BBC for a fifteenth series, keeping the show on the air until at least 2026.
That’s not all, Call the Midwife will first return with a new Christmas special this year, then start rolling out the new season next year!
As mentioned above, recently the network acknowledged that the filming of the much anticipated Call the Midwife Season 13 has begun, and it is aiming for a release window of sometime around early 2024, with January being the likely time frame as the prior season also had a similar time gap with the same time slot of 8 p.m. ET on BBC One.
You should also check out the official post confirming the current status of the series as shared on the show’s official Instagram handle, quoting: “BREAKING!! It’s official – Call the Midwife has begun filming for Series 13!! We bring these pics straight from our filming set, where our intrepid Buckles, accompanied by the lovely Cyril, have the honour of beginning Series 13 with the opening scene!!”
Further adding, “Actors Cliff Parisi, Zephryn Taitte, and Annabelle Apsion were on hand to posing for our traditional clapperboard shot, while the marvellous Daniel Laurie (Reggie, pictured) was waiting in the wings to begin his year’s work with the family:-) We have SO MUCH to show you – beginning with our Christmas Special – so stay tuned!! Call the Midwife returns with a new Christmas Special, and Series 13 in 2024 xx”
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Call the Midwife Season 13: What can the fans expect from the new season?
The popular series, “Call the Midwife,” is based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth which tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. Inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives, and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
Though not much has been disclosed, the series is expected to continue from where it left off last time as the viewers got to the ending where Trixie’s wedding is approaching and her friends come to her rescue when she discovers that Matthew’s mother has sold the family tiara she intended to wear. Nancy has applied for another job, partly out of concern that Nonnatus House will close, according to Sister Julienne.
Phyllis is disappointed when Nancy is offered the new job but relieved to learn that Matthew has purchased Nonnatus House and that the convent’s future is secure. Dr. Turner and Shelagh witness the death of one of their patients in a car accident on their way to the wedding, but they are able to deliver her baby alive. Monica Joan rallies her sisters to attend the wedding.
On the other hand, show writer and creator Heidi Thomas teased, quote, “The stories we tell are like babies — they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one.” That’s not all, as right now we know that Trixie and Matthew are married, so it remains to be seen what’s next for them. Their future journey together has been hinted at, as Helen George told RadioTimes.com:
“I think they should get a dog.” Further adding, “I really think we need a dog as a lead character in the show, and we had a lovely one with Judy [Parfitt]. I think some sort of Labrador puppy coming into the show would be a really lovely arrival because we have a lot of babies on the show. I’m not sure we need another one. But that’s for Heidi and everybody else to decide.”
To this, Olly Rix also added: “They’re pretty focused on the world outside of their home. And thus far, we’ve pretty much seen them in that context, we haven’t really seen them in their home. So it might be that the story doesn’t go there. It might be that they continue to look outwards and towards the community, and they raise Jonty and have a dog and get more involved in Popular.”
Call the Midwife Season 13: Who will return?
The Midwives from the last season who are expected to return include Helen George as Beatrix Franklin, Linda Basset as Phyllis Crane, and Megan Cusack as Nancy Corrigan. The nuns who will return are Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, and Rebecca Gethings as Sister Veronica. Call the Midwife was created and written by Heidi Thomas. Executive Producers: Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas. A Neal Street production for the BBC.
While this is some exciting updates, there are some cast members who reportedly not returning, among them Lucille Robinson (Leonie Elliott), who won’t be doing so after it was revealed at the conclusion of season 12 that the character will be residing in Jamaica with her mother and sister. In episode two of the last season, Lucille departed Poplar due to mental health issues. However, Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar), and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri), also won’t be making an appearance.
If you recall, The Call the Midwife 2022 Christmas Special left both characters out, and it is assumed that they will not be making a comeback. We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds for these beloved characters and how their arcs will be addressed in the upcoming episodes, or whether they will be left out for the audience to speculate on or not be mentioned at all, which will be kind of disappointing. The fans will certainly miss them and start raising questions about their absence.
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Call the Midwife Season 13 Episodes and Streaming Options
We want to clear out that the exact number of episodes for Call the Midwife Season 13 has yet to be announced by the network. But, we anticipate the new season to have a similar range of at least eight episodes with an average runtime of 60 to 90 minutes, just like the prior seasons. Furthermore, we would like to emphasize that the episode count may vary depending on the theme that the show wishes to convey to the audience.
As a result, we ask that viewers be patient and watch the previous season to remember what has happened thus far. Apart from BBC One and BBC iPlayer, you can watch Call the Midwife on Netflix. You can also stream the show by renting or purchasing it on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. The series is also available for free on Pluto, your local PBS television station, or with the PBS app.
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Call the Midwife Season 13 Official Trailer
As the filming of the new episodes has just begun, there is no way that the network has enough clips to create a new teaser or trailer. So, right now nothing related to the promotional stuff has been released, which is completely understandable. For the time being, we urge the readers to check out the official trailer of “Call the Midwife” Season 12 to recap the events that have transpired so far.
The series has been able to highlight a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery in 1960s East London. Moreover, in the 12th season of Call the Midwife, it’s 1968, and the nuns and nurses from Nonnatus House return for more midwifery and family life. The midwives welcome a new nun, Sister Veronica, and tension in Poplar arises following the effects of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech.
Stay tuned to Web News Observer for more information on Call the Midwife Season 13 in the coming months. Until then, keep binge-watching the series.