We can’t wait!

By Caroline Rogers
Courtesy of PBS

2018 gave us a healthy dose of Call the Midwife, the can’t-miss period drama broadcast by PBS and the BBC. Spring brought the close of the seventh season, and winter delivered a festive holiday special that aired on Christmas Day. Ever since, we’ve been waiting to hear about season eight and our next visit to Nonnatus House. As it happens, that wait has an end in sight, because Call the Midwife is set to grace our screens once again in 2019.

The series was created by Heidi Thomas and had its premiere in 2012. It's based on Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s, a memoir by Jennifer Worth. The series has humor and heart, and it has gained a devoted audience with the passing of each new season. If you haven't yet seen it, let Netflix summarize the premise for you: “This period drama set in impoverished East London in the 1950s follows a newly qualified midwife and her colleagues at a nursing convent.” Season seven welcomed the year 1963 as well as plenty of challenges and triumphs for the nuns, nurses, and midwives of Nonnatus House. Season seven featured Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille Anderson, Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin, Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer, Charlotte Ritchie as Nurse Barbara Hereward, Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, and Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne. The new season promises the return of many familiar faces as well as the introduction of new characters and storylines set in midcentury Poplar, a district of London.

When will Call the Midwife air this year? In the spring! Season eight will premiere on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Check your local listings to find out when to tune in.) The rest of the season's episodes will air in order on subsequent Sundays. Mark your calendars for March when you’ll again be invited to drop in on the midwives of Nonnatus House.

In the meantime, you can stream the 2018 holiday special on pbs.org. There you can also find featurettes and behind-the-scenes clips. To catch up on past storylines, you can watch the first seven seasons of Call the Midwife on Netflix.

Will you tune in to Call the Midwife when it airs on PBS in March? How long have you been waiting for the new season to arrive?

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