Call the Midwife 2021 – release date CONFIRMED!

The Call the Midwife 2021 release date is now official! Mark Sunday April 18 in your diaries...

Call the Midwife 2021 promises 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 series will return later than normal in April.

The BBC released a fascinating shot from the new series. It reveals “the astonishing prosthetic models” used in the show. We have to admit the baby picture below did have us doing a double take. Yep, that really is a prosthetic model rather than a real baby!

Talking about filming within the new rules, writer Heidi Thomas said: “Filming with Covid restrictions in place has been interesting, and successful. In some ways we had a head start, as when you have as many newborn babies on set as we do, you are never more than six inches from a bottle of sanitiser! The new rules have become second nature, and all has gone well.”

When is Call the Midwife 2021 on BBC1?

The Call the Midwife 2021 release date is Sunday April 18 at 8pm on BBC1. Episodes will also be available on iPlayer.

How many episodes will be the new series be?

The new series will consist 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 this will surely end up in the script of the new series. Expect to see the midwives huddled around a telly as Geoff Hurst scores his legendary hat-trick. 1966 was also notable for the start of Star Trek, although we’re not sure if that will come up in the new series.

Call the Midwife Christmas circus tent

The circus was a big part of the recent festive special

What happens in the first episode?

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) clash over a private clinic venture. Yep, they actually fall out! Sister Julienne gets Trixie to help her on the plan, but Dr Turner is strongly opposed to the idea. Poor Shelagh is stuck in the middle!

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?

Well it’s likely to be same line-up as the Christmas special. That featured. 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?

Not yet, watch this space! Come on, we need a trailer!

Can I still watch the Call the Midwife Christmas special?

Yes, it’s still available to watch on iPlayer!. In even better news all 9 seasons are available to watch now on iPlayer.

Call the Midwife 2021 returns Sunday April 18 at 8pm on BBC1 (see our TV guide for full listings).

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