Call the Midwife gets third series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2013
The cast of Call the Midwife

Jessica Raine, Helen George, and Bryony Hannah in Call the Midwife

'Call the Midwife' writer Heidi Thomas has confirmed there will be at least another series of the BBC period drama show, but she will have run out of material from the memoirs by Jennifer Worth, of which the programme is based on

'Call the Midwife' is to run for at least three series.

Heidi Thomas, who writes the BBC period drama show - which is based on the trilogy of books by Jennifer Worth, who worked as a midwife in east London in the 1950s - revealed she will have used up all the material from the memoirs by the end of the current second series but she is to write another season.

The 50-year-old screenwriter told Radio Times magazine: "I will have done by the end of the second series. But don't worry. It doesn't mean the show will end. The characters will be well developed by then and Jennifer was happy for us to continue."

Heidi received a note from Jennifer - who died of cancer before the first 'Call the Midwife' was ever broadcast - after sending her the first two scripts.

The message read: "I leave this to you in confidence."

Heidi was pleased to be given another two episodes in the second series to develop the secondary characters, such as Fred the handyman (Cliff Parisi) and Dr. Turner, who is played by her husband Stephen McGann.

She added: "What's nice having eight episodes for this series rather than six last time is we can open out the secondary characters, including male ones like Dr. Turner and Fred the handyman."

And while she doesn't let Stephen take a sneaky peek at the 'Call the Midwife' scripts before any of the other stars of the show, she does enjoy discussing ideas with her other half.

She explained: "If he comes into my study while I'm working on them, I cover the screen. But it's wonderful having a project that you can mull over with your partner."

The second series of 'Call the Midwife' - which stars Jessica Raine, Helen George, Pam Ferris and Bryony Hannah - is current airing on Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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