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Call the Midwife fans have been wondering if the series will return for season 10. Did the coronavirus restrictions affect the air date?
Fans will be glad to know they can look forward to season 10. We have even better news – the BBC also commissioned another season of the series.
When Does Season 10 of Call the Midwife Air & Where Can I Watch It?
Call the Midwife is a popular BBC programme about a group of nursing midwives working in the East End of London during the late 1950s and 1960s.
The series is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, who worked with an Anglican religious order in the poverty-stricken East End of London.
Production schedules for most shows have been a bit inconsistent as we all deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and Call the Midwife had to shut down filming in 2020 due to lockdowns.
Plans for a Christmas special were on hold during the production shut down. Thankfully, they were able to resume, and the annual Call the Midwife Christmas special was able to air on time.
So what about season 10? Unfortunately, the impact of the pandemic on production reduced season 10 to 7 hour-long episodes instead of the usual 8.
Those episodes premiered in the UK back in April and May of 2021.
Call the Midwife Season 10 PBS Premiere Date in the US
In the US, the official PBS premiere date was announced for October 3rd, 2021 – but PBS Passport members get to watch early! One episode has been posted at time of writing (September 7th), and more will be added on a weekly basis.
If you donate $5/month or more to your local station, you get access to PBS Passport benefits, allowing you to stream via the PBS app or website. PBS Passport is entirely separate and different from the Amazon PBS Masterpiece subscription. You have to get PBS Passport directly through PBS.
Season 10 Netflix Premiere Date (US)
In the US, Netflix is the primary streaming outlet for Call the Midwife seasons 1-9. As a result, we would expect to see Season 10 there at some point, but we haven't seen any official confirmation of that yet. We'll update this when we know more.
What’s Happening in Season 10 of Call the Midwife?
There hasn’t been much plot-related news for season 10 yet. The Christmas special will take place at the end of 1965, meaning series 10 will take place during 1966.
Each season covers a single year, giving us some ideas about the historical events that might be referenced in or be a part of the show.
England won the World Cup on July 30th, 1966. To put the scale of that event in a historical context, nearly 32 million people tuned in to watch the series. The total population at the time was 55 million, so most of the UK watched it.
Some somber events could also be referenced. Notably, the Aberfan disaster in Wales which caused the death of over 100 children and many adults.
***Minor spoilers ahead – skip if you've not seen Series 9***
Through series 9, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) was dealing with an increasingly hard time for the order of Nonnatus House. At the end of series 9, she was told her overall spending budget would be halved while the rent was set to increase substantially.
Thanks to a passionate speech from Nurse Trixie Franklin (Helen George) the authorities decided not to demand the increase in rent for the time being. The issue isn’t settled, so it’s likely to be part of the story in season 10.
Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) and Lucille (Leonie Elliot) had a few bumps in their relationship due to busy work schedules, but the pair finally rekindled their relationship in the last half of season 9. Fans are anxiously anticipating what the future holds for the couple.
Most series regulars are expected to return, including:
Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Cliff Parisi (Fred), Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Zephryn Taitte (Cyril) and Daniel Laurie (Reggie).
Sadly, Jennifer Kirby won’t be returning to play Nurse Valerie. Kirby made the announcement on her Instagram in August:
“After four joyful years spent with Call the Midwife I have decided to say goodbye to Nonnatus, Val, and the wonderful cast, crew and production team. The programme is truly a national treasure, and it will always be a huge honour for me to have been a part of something so wonderful. I can’t wait to keep watching our beloved Nonnatuns from the other side of the screen. Long live Call the Midwife. So long chicks,” Jennifer wrote in a post on Instagram.
Will You Be Watching Season 10 of Call the Midwife?
Are you eagerly waiting for season 10 like we are? What plot lines are you most excited to see play out? Let us know in the comments, and happy watching!