Call The Midwife gets Series 5 commission

Fifth series announced as series 4 wraps

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Sunday night drama Call The Midwife has been recommissioned for a fifth series BBC One has confirmed.

As filming completes on the fourth series – set to hit our screens in January 2015 following a Christmas Special – the fifth series will consist of a Christmas special in 2015 followed by an 8-part series in 2016.

Starring Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart and Helen George, series 5 will take the nuns and midwives into 1961 with new additions to the regular cast, including Linda Bassett (East is East, Lark Rise to Candleford) as Nurse Phyllis Crane and Charlotte Ritchie (Life Of Riley, Fresh Meat) as Nurse Barbara Gilbert. Vanessa Redgrave, who is the voice of the mature Jenny will appear for the first time as Jennifer Worth in the Christmas special episode.

Made by Neal Street Productions (The Hollow Crown) and written by Heidi Thomas, the BAFTA-winning series has been one of Britain’s most popular dramas since it launched in 2012, with each episode averaging over 10m viewers.

Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions said; “We’re delighted that the BBC have commissioned a fifth series of Call the Midwife. The international success of the show is testament to the passion, dedication and skill of Heidi Thomas and the wonderfully talented cast and crew who have created a truly brilliant fourth series for our loyal viewers to enjoy on screen very soon.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama commissioning, says: “Call the Midwife is one of UK’s most popular dramas and in series four Heidi Thomas’ writing meets new heights. I’m delighted to be commissioning a new series from Pippa Harris and Neal St Productions.”