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Call the Midwife: Season Four Coming to PBS, Plus Holiday Episode

Call the Midwife TV show on PBS: season 4PBS and BBC have announced that Call the Midwife has been renewed for a fourth season and will start airing on PBS on Sunday, March 29, 2015. In addition, a special holiday episode will air on Sunday, December 28th, of this year.

Here are the details:

PBS and BBC Worldwide North America Sign Deal to Bring Fourth Season of CALL THE MIDWIFE to U.S.

New Season Premieres Sunday, March 29, 2015 on PBS

– Hit British Series From Neal Street Productions Continues to Draw Strong U.S. Audience; Ratings Continue to Grow, Solidifying PBS as a Destination for Drama –

– Special Holiday Episode Airs Sunday, December 28, 2014 –

BEVERLY HILLS, CA; July 22, 2014 — BBC Worldwide North America Sales & Co-productions, PBS and Neal Street Productions announced today at the PBS portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour that the hit British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE will return to PBS for a fourth season. Premiering on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET, CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 4) will lead into new MASTERPIECE drama content (to be announced), reinforcing Sunday nights on PBS as a top destination for quality drama.

Season 3 of CALL THE MIDWIFE drew an average household audience rating of 2.5, translating into 3.6 million viewers, and the series saw an overall growth of 20 percent since its season one debut. Audiences can expect a mixture of laughter and tears this time around, along with new faces and captivating, emotional stories celebrating the people of Poplar and the much-loved residents of Nonnatus House. With the different times come new and exciting challenges for the team at Nonnatus House. Will the nuns and midwives hold onto their traditional values in a rapidly changing world?

“CALL THE MIDWIFE is a heartwarming journey that has also been a tremendous success for PBS, and we look forward to a remarkable Season 4,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “CALL THE MIDWIFE has played a major role in cementing PBS as a destination for drama on Sunday nights, and we are pleased the relationship with our BBC and Neal Street partners will continue with gripping new stories on Season 4.”

Jennifer Worth’s memoirs, which inspired the TV series, have been carefully supplemented by original material from Heidi Thomas, based on new historical research and the testimony of other midwives, nuns and nurses working during this period. Vanessa Redgrave will return as series narrator mirroring the actual, life-long friendship which continued between Jennifer Worth and the residents of Nonnatus House. The rest of the house’s well-loved regular characters also return for Season 4, as do the recently introduced Patsy and Sister Winifred.

Pippa Harris, executive producer for Neal Street Productions, said: “We are delighted to see CALL THE MIDWIFE continue for a fourth season and we are so proud of its growth both in the U.S. and U.K. We are excited to introduce audiences to two new characters, Nurse Phyllis Crane and Nurse Barbara Gilbert, who we know they will come to love just as much as the familiar faces they have bonded with over the past three seasons.”

Heidi Thomas, creator, writer and executive producer of the series said: “I am beyond thrilled that the U.S. audience loves CALL THE MIDWIFE. The positive response from viewers truly warms my heart, and it is incredible to see how fans are inspired by the characters and the stories depicted just as much as I am.”

Matt Forde, EVP, sales & co-productions for BBC Worldwide North America said: “The success of CALL THE MIDWIFE both overseas and in the states has been truly remarkable. Heidi and the talented team have brought some incredibly wonderful stories to life and we are looking forward to a riveting and successful fourth season.”

Fans can look forward to a new holiday episode to bide their time until the Season 4 premiere. Special guest star Vanessa Redgrave will appear as the mature Jennifer Worth on screen for the first time. The CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL airs Sunday, December 28, 2014, 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

The first season of CALL THE MIDWIFE was the biggest new drama on BBC One in more than a decade, and the second season averaged a consolidated viewership of more than 10 million in the U.K. CALL THE MIDWIFE completed its third season run in the U.S. in May 2014 and audiences and critics in the U.S. were equally effusive, with Season 3 breaking the top ten spot in ratings on PBS and scoring 66 percent above the 2013-2014 season-to-date primetime average.

CALL THE MIDWIFE stars Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”) as Sister Evangelina, Miranda Hart (“Miranda”) as Chummy, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl With a Pearl Earring), who was nominated for a 2013 Satellite Award for her work as Sister Monica Joan, Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Trixie Franklin, Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction) as Cynthia Miller, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Shelagh and Cliff Parisi (“EastEnders”) as Fred. Joining the regular cast as well are Linda Bassett (“East Is East,” “Lark Rise To Candleford”) as Nurse Phyllis Crane and Charlotte Ritchie (“Life Of Riley,” “Fresh Meat”) as Nurse Barbara Gilbert. Vanessa Redgrave provides The Voice of the mature Jennifer Worth.

CALL THE MIDWIFE is created and written by Heidi Thomas; Executive Producers are Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas. The series is a Neal Street Production for BBC/PBS.

CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 4) full episodes will be available for viewing on thePBS Video Portal for a limited time after each national broadcast.

CALL THE MIDWIFE contains mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Rated TV-14.

CALL THE MIDWIFE (Season 4) will come in 2015 to DVD & Blu-ray. Seasons 1-3 are now available on DVD and Blu-ray on Additional items, includingJennifer Worth’s memoirs, published by Penguin Books, and The Life and Times of Call the Midwife, published by Harper Collins, are also available.

About BBC Worldwide North America Sales and Co-Productions
BBC Worldwide North America Sales & Distribution is one of five core businesses operating in the U.S. under BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK public service broadcaster, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). BBC Worldwide exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in programming in return for rights. The Sales & Distribution business negotiates, sells and distributes television programs to networks and secures co-production partners in the region.

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.

About Neal Street Productions
Neal Street Productions was formed in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Caro Newling. The company has been successful in film, theatre and television with hit movies including Revolutionary Road, Jarhead and Starter for 10. Their diverse television slate includes the award-winning “Stuart A Life Backwards,” with Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, and the hugely successful “Call the Midwife”, a ratings smash hit which, after three extremely successful series and two Christmas Specials, returns to screens this year in the UK and US with another Christmas special, plus a further series early in 2015 They debuted their latest TV show, “Penny Dreadful,” on Showtime in the US, and on Sky Atlantic this year to critical acclaim. The psychosexual TV horror series written by John Logan, starred Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Rory Kinnear. Neal Street also produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning “The Hollow Crown” – a series of Shakespeare films for the BBC/PBS – starring Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, and is due to start production on a second series of Shakespeare History plays, starting with Richard III starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. Nicolas Brown joined Neal Street as a Company Director in 2013, to work across the film and TV portfolio. On the theatre side, they have produced The Bridge Project, Shrek the Musical and the West End musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes.

What do you think? Are you a fan of this series? Will you be watching season four?


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Janine March 20, 2015 at 8:53 pm

I absolutely adore “Call the Midwife” units entirety.It is magnificently written and performed and the best television I have seen in many years. More, and more, please!


Janice Jasinski February 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm

I 1st watched Call the Midwife on Netflix, from Season 1 till now when it will be on TV for season 2015. This series is great. It is so interesting and such a good program that I look forward to watching it.


CHRISTOPHER BANKS February 10, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Beautify depiction of 1960’s London, with heartfelt portrays of all characters in desperate situations. A wonderfully human series for the heart and the mind. Thanks again to our British friends for another stunning import.


Edna Nelson January 29, 2015 at 12:07 am

I love this show, just finished watching the last of season three and can’t wait for season four!


lorraine January 5, 2015 at 1:11 am

Fantastic news.I will be waiting for series 4 to come Perth Western Australia.


Leeann Maye November 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

I’m from Canada and I started to watch this series on Netflix this past year.
I’m HOOKED on this heart warming show, however Canadian Netflix only has season 1! I am really behind as I need to order the others before I watch next season!
I’m so delighted to hear that there will be another season in 2015!
I’ve been spreading the news of this wonderful show to all my friends and family.
It warms my heart and ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes.
Thank You!


Coreen November 16, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Wow! The second season is gin! It was on Netflix Canada but isn’t now how ridiculous!!


Coreen November 17, 2014 at 2:07 am

Lol, the second season is not “Gin” it’s gone off Canadian Netfkix. It’s Trixie who has the gin!!!


C Pletka October 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Absolutely LOVE this show!!!!! I can hardly wait for the new episode. All of the characters are outstanding.


kathy cole October 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE this show. I brought and watched all 3 seasons on my kindle in 2 weeks. I now have to wait until March for the next episode. However I am relieved it is back in America. I am not rich and money is very tight but I paid $2.00 an episode. It was addicting I could not stop. The shows at the end made me feel good and more tolerate of our individual differences.


Tonya September 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

The show is such a wonderful show! I just love it! Just got done watching season 3 and I hated to watch the last show for now I will have to wait monthes before the next season! I know one thing I will be sharing the show with others!


kelly September 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Love this show…such a wide range of emotions. Many can connect with the characters, while thinking ot our mothers and gradmothers.


Sandy Quinn September 3, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Love the show and all the actors. Wish the show could air. Every week 12months a year!!!!!!


Catherine Low September 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

The best show ever. Tears and laughter. Never cancel the series.


Coreen Evans August 24, 2014 at 1:02 am

I think this is a wonderful series with each character able to add to the mix in their own way. Jessica Raine will be missed but each of the others are wonderfully interesting in their own right the show will still be a delight! I can hardly wait!!!


Debbie Goodwin August 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I truly love this series, every season brings something new to the table, and I really look forward to Season 4! I had a planned HomeBirth 21 1/2 years ago, and the subject of midwifery is near and dear to my heart! I really hope that this series encourages more women to think about it!


Pam Jarvis August 5, 2014 at 11:07 am

Wonderful series! It’s been so easy to love (or dislikke, apropriately) each & every character. It’s of particular interest to because (a) of my nursing career and (b) the historical context of the times. It is so good to ‘see into’ the lives of those who were so drastically affected by WWI.


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