Call the Midwife has been recommissioned for three more series by the BBC as TV viewers appear unable to get enough nuns and traumatic births!

The BBC has commissioned three more series of hit period drama Call the Midwife, which will be the seventh, eighth and ninth runs.

Each series will consist of 8 x 60-minute dramas.

Call the Midwife’s creator, writer and executive producer, Heidi Thomas, said: “I am hugely excited by the prospect of creating three more series of Call the Midwife. In the 1960s, Britain was a country fizzing with change and challenge, and there is so much rich material – medical, social, and emotional – to be explored.”

Heidi continued: “We have now delivered well over 100 babies on screen, and like those babies, the stories keep on coming! Above all else, it is an incredible privilege to work on a show that is made with such care, and received with such love.”

Fans will return briefly to Poplar next month for the Christmas special before the residents of Nonnatus House are transported to the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

After receiving an SOS call from Hope Clinic, a tiny mission hospital which is understaffed, underfunded, and with a poor water supply, they soon learn that the struggling clinic is faced with closure. The Christmas special will screen on Christmas Day on BBC

Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC1, Call the Midwife has been one of Britain’s most popular drama series since it launched in 2012 and it continues to be the most-watched drama series in the UK, with all five series gaining near or over 10m viewers per episode.

The series has been praised for its compassionate and bold approach to issues including stillbirth, mental health, abortion, homosexuality, race and disability.

Call the Midwife series six will screen early in 2017.