Call the Midwife re-commissioned for second series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 January 2012
Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart

'Call the Midwife' has been re-commissioned for a second series following the success of its debut run

'Call the Midwife' has been commissioned for a second series.

The 1950s drama - which stars Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter and Jessica Raine - has proved a ratings hit after just two episodes, and so BBC One have requested another run of eight shows.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: "'Call the Midwife' manages to be both hard-hitting and emotional, gritty and warm.

"I am already looking forward to the second series."

The opening episode of the programme - which is based on the popular memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth - attracted almost 10 million viewers, while the second episode, which aired on Sunday (22.01.12), averaged 8.6 million.

The story follows Jenny (Jessica Raine) who joins a community of nursing nuns.

Miranda recently revealed she feels "lucky" that the show has been so successful.

She said: "Well I believe we are all wandering around trying to cover up the fact that we feel like idiots most of the time. That's what I try to latch on to in the series. That we're all fools.

"I'll play the fool for everyone. So people watching will go. 'Oh yes, I do that too, but I just try to cover it up.' I just wanted to do it, so much. I'm very lucky that it's worked out."

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