Call the Midwife will return with full series in 2019

Call the Midwife will return for a Christmas special, as the announcer promised that fans had just nine months to wait for more action from Nonnatus House after last night’s final episode of the current series aired on BBC1.

The emotional finale – which featured Barbara’s funeral and made reference to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 – attracted 7.1 million viewers, reported tellymix. The huge rating meant that it beat the final of Dancing on Ice – which was won by Jake Quickenden.

The new festive episode is likely to be set around Christmas 1963 – the last Christmas special saw the residents of Nonnatus House inundated with snow as they faced the Big Freeze, the hardest winter for 300 years, that started just after Christmas in 1962.

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Fans will also be pleased to hear that there will be another full series of Call the Midwife following on from the Christmas special in early 2019.

Call the Midwife, written by Heidi Thomas, launched in 2012. It originally starred Jessica Raine in the leading role as Jenny Lee.