When Does ‘Call the Midwife’ Season 8 Premiere?

Are you ready for more babies? Call the Midwife, the critically acclaimed PBS period drama about a group of midwives working in London’s rough-and-tumble East End neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s, is coming back for another season this spring. Find out when we’ll be heading back to Nonnatus House and what to expect from the new season.

Season 8 of Call the Midwife premieres March 31

New episodes of Call the Midwife arrive on PBS starting March 31. The season kicks off in the spring of 1964, and everyone is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Queen’s fourth child. (Prince Edward was born March 10, 1964.) Plus, two new sisters have arrived in Poplar, shaking up the dynamic at Nonnatus House.

There will be eight episodes in the new season, with the show wrapping up on May 19.

Who is joining the cast?

Viewers will meet the two new sisters in the season’s first episode: Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar) and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri). Also joining the cast is Miriam Margolyes as Sister Mildred. She first appeared in the show’s Christmas special, which aired in December. Georgie Glen will appear as Miss Higgins, the new receptionist at Dr. Turner’s surgery.

Sadly, Charlotte Ritchie won’t be returning for Season 8, since her character, Nurse Barbara Hereward, died at the end of Season 7. Jack Ashton, who played Nurse Hereward’s husband Reverend Tom Hereward, has also left the show. So has Victoria Yeates, who played Sister Winifred.

Helen George is back as Nurse Trixie Franklin after being missing for most of Season 7. Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille Anderson, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valery Dyer, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Laura Main as Shelagh Turner, Stephen McGann as Dr. Patrick Turner, and Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle are all back as well.

Will there be a Season 9 of Call the Midwife?

Call the Midwife
Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer, Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin, and Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille Anderson in Call the Midwife| Courtesy of Neal Street Productions

While Season 8 has yet to premiere in the U.S. (It already aired on the BBC in the U.K.), fans can take comfort in knowing that Call the Midwife will return for another season, which will be set in 1965. And there may be more seasons beyond that.

“We’re commissioned up to series nine by the BBC, and we may well continue,” show creator Heidi Thomas told RadioTimes.com. “And, if we did, there seems to be no limit to the interest and excitement of the world in the 1960s.”

However, she did say that continuing the show into the 1970s might prove challenging. For one, the nuns who inspired the series left Poplar in 1976 as the area changed. But 1976 is a long way off in the show’s timeline, which means Call the Midwife could potentially continue for a long time yet.

“I think that’s what keeps Call the Midwife going, is the idea that we constantly move forward,” Thomas added. “There’s always something refreshing happening and a new face on the horizon.”

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