'Call The Midwife' confirmed for screens until at least 2022

Great news for fans of Call The Midwife – the primetime BBC drama will continue until at least 2020, according to the broadcaster.

The series' current three year contract is set to expire after the ninth season, but it's now been commissioned for two more, it's been confirmed.

It's currently airing its eight series on BBC One, and will start filming its ninth series in May this year.

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Helen George and the cast of Call The Midwife arriving at the National Television Awards 2017, held at The O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: 25th January, 2017. See PA Story SHOWBIZ NTAs. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Stephen McGann, Laura Main, Charlotte Ritchie, Linda Bassett and Pippa Harris from Call the Midwife attend the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester on September 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
The cast of Call The Midwife attending the National Television Awards 2017 at the O2, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 25, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ NTAs. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Helen George attending the Red Women of the Year Awards, at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Picture date: Monday October 17th, 2016. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
(L-R) The cast of Call the Midwife, Charlotte Ritchie, Jenny Agutter, Victoria Yeates, Helen George, Ben Caplan, Jack Ashton, Laura Main and Stephen McGann attending the 2015 TV Choice Awards at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel, London.
Cast of Call The Midwife at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards BAFTA in London, May 12th, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Actresses Helen George, left, and Laura Main, from "Call the Midwife", pose for a portrait during the PBS TCA Press Tour on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actress Jessica Raine, from "Call the Midwife", poses for a portrait during the PBS TCA Press Tour on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Laura Main (L) and Helen George of 'Call The Midwife' attend the National Television Awards at the 02 Arena on January 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 06: Actress Miranda Hart speaks onstage during the 'Call The Midwife' panel at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Actresses Jessica Raine (L) and Helen George speak onstage during the 'Call The Midwife' panel discussion during the PBS Portion- Day 2 of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Raine speaks onstage during the 'Call The Midwife' panel discussion during the PBS Portion- Day 2 of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Pam Ferris speaks onstage during the 'Call The Midwife' panel discussion during the PBS Portion- Day 2 of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: (L-R) Producer Pippa Harris, actresses Pam Ferris, Jessica Raine, Helen George, and executive producer/writer Heidi Thomas speak onstage during the 'Call The Midwife' panel discussion during the PBS Portion- Day 2 of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 21: Actresses Jessica Raine (L) and Helen George speak onstage at the 'Call the Midwife' panel during day 1 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Cliff Parisi, Stephen McGann, Helen George, Charlotte Richie, Laura Main, Jack Ashton and Victoria Yeates from Call The Midwife pose in the winners room at the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Dame Pippa Harris, the series' producers, said: "We are delighted and humbled by the continued warmth of the audience response to Call the Midwife. It's a testament to the extraordinary creativity of [writer] Heidi Thomas who pours her heart and soul into every episode.

"We are thrilled that the BBC have put such faith in the show by commissioning two more series and can't wait to watch our wonderful cast and crew tackling all the social and medical changes which the swinging sixties will bring."

Thomas added: "Even after all these years, it still feels as though Call the Midwife has more truth to tell, more tears to cry, more life to celebrate, and more love to give.

"We are blessed with the best cast, crew, and audience a show could wish for, and I could not be more excited about our future."

The current series has proved a ratings hit for the BBC, averaging more than nine million viewers per episode.

It's taken on subjects such as disability, teenage pregnancy, abortion, intersex representation, mixed-race marriages and cot death.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, added: "Everyone at the BBC is delighted we're welcoming the nurses of Nonnatus House back for another two series and we're all looking forward to following our cast through the tumultuous years of the late sixties.

"I'd like to thank the wonderful cast and crew, and particularly Heidi, Pippa and Ann for their continued creative ambition and dedication to such a very special show."

- This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK

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