Call the Midwife 2021 – air dates, cast and everything you need to know

The Call the Midwife 2021 is here...

Call the Midwife 2021 has already proved to be a real treat for all fans following the Call the Midwife Christmas special.

Normally, every January we’re treated to a new series of Call the Midwife, but because filming started later than usual due to the pandemic the new series started in April.

Writer Heidi Thomas is thrilled that Call the Midwife has been on screen now for almost 10 years.

She says: “People always ask me where all these stories come from, and I always say the same thing ‘They come from the lives of women, and the working class.’ I find endless inspiration in the simple power of ordinary lives, and Call the Midwife draws from a bottomless well of human experience – birth and death, love and despair, hope and community. And interestingly, not many shows run for ten years. Maybe that should give us pause for thought!”

When is Call the Midwife 2021 on BBC1?

The Call the Midwife 2021 started on April 18 on BBC1 and will air every Sunday night at 8pm.

Episodes are available on BBC iPlayer after they have aired. You can also catch up on seasons 1-9 and the Christmas specials too.

Call the Midwife 2021

Finally, they’re back!

How many episodes will be the new series be?

The new series consists of seven one-hour episodes. Normally a series of Call the Midwife is made up of eight episodes but there’s one less this year because filming started later.

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What year is Call the Midwife 2021 set in?

The new series will be set in 1966 which of course is when England won the World Cup! England famously beat West Germany 4-2 in the final and it’s now been confirmed that this will feature in the new series. And the trailer reveals the midwives huddled around a telly as Geoff Hurst scores his legendary hat-trick.

What happened in the first episode?

Sister Julienne and Dr Turner clashed over a private clinic venture that saw Trixie seconded to the Lady Emily Clinic in Chelsea, while Lucille came up with a plan that saved both her church and Cyril at the same time. Also, there was heartbreak when a baby boy was born without legs, and soon Dr Turner found himself on a mission to work out the reason why. You can read our review of episode one here.

Talking about the plot, Helen George, who plays Trixie, told us: “They want to make money by renting out the midwives to this private clinic and Trixie is pretty excited to begin with because she gets to go on a trip to Chelsea and she’s given this gorgeous pastel pink uniform to wear.”

Trixie in pink nurse outfit Call the Midwife

Trixie in the new series of Call the Midwife

Meanwhile, Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) are alarmed when a baby boy is born without legs below the knee.

Who’s in the cast of Call the Midwife 2021?

The line up for season 10 is very similar to the Christmas special. That included Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), Helen George (Trixie Franklin), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Cliff Parisi (Fred), Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Daniel Laurie (Reggie) and Zephryn Taitte (Cyril).

Last summer Jennifer Kirby revealed that she won’t be back as Nurse Valerie.

Jennifer revealed her big news on Twitter, saying: “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 a truly 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 Nonnatus from the other side of the screen. Long live Call the Midwife. So long chicks. X”

It’s also been reported that Miriam Margolyes won’t be in the new series as Sister Mildred due to her being unable to get back to the UK due to travel restrictions.

Is there a trailer for Call the Midwife 2021?

Yes, and it sees everyone celebrating England winning the World Cup!

Call the Midwife 2021 airs on Sunday nights at 8pm on BBC1 – see our TV guide for full listings.

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