Call The Midwife series two to air in early 2013
A second series of 'Call The Midwife' will be screened on BBC One air in early 2013, shortly before a Christmas special in December 2012
A second series of 'Call The Midwife' is to air in early 2013.
The period drama series - which is based on the trilogy of books by Jennifer Worth, who worked as a midwife in Poplar, east London, in the 1950s - has been extended to eight episodes after the first six became BBC One's most successful new drama series since ratings began after airing earlier this year.
Creator Heidi Thomas promises the second season will be just as "gritty" as the first and feature a number of hard-hitting storylines.
She said: "Throughout series two, we continue to tell the gritty social and medical stories that so moved - and even shocked - the audience during our first outing. Appalling housing continues to be an issue, as does prostitution.
"But we also feature domestic violence, infant death, and the birth of a disabled child. And even as we celebrate the triumphant National Health campaign against TB, we take a clear-eyed look at the parlous state of women's' reproductive rights in the 1950s in a story that ends in a back-street abortion.
"These are not easy stories to tell, but they are real, and important, and often shine a light on the way we live today."
But before series two kicks off next year, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House will be seen on BBC One in December 2012 for a 'Call The Midwife' Christmas special.
Executive producer Pippa Harris said: "As the nights draw in and Christmas approaches, the residents of Nonnatus House pull together to celebrate the season in their own very special way.
"Christmas celebrates one particular birth, and so it's especially fitting for BBC One to pay a visit to these much-loved characters, whose daily lives revolve around the joys and tribulations of childbirth."
'Call The Midwife' stars Pam Ferris, Miranda Hart and Jessica Raine.