Call the Midwife Creator Heidi Thomas Teases What to Expect for Season 12 (2022)

Season 11 of the fan-favorite period drama Call the Midwife has ended, and plenty of fans are already wondering what the future will hold for the midwives of Poplar. Here's what we know about what lies ahead for Nonnatus House.

When will Season 12 debut?

No official dates have been announced yet for Call the Midwife's next outing, but we do know that filming already began this spring. On April 25, the Call the Midwife Twitter account shared some new behind the scenes images announcing the start of filming.

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BREAKING NEWS!! #CallTheMidwife begins filming for Series 12! 👶🚲 ❤️❤️❤️ >>> https://t.co/TcYgFYEChX pic.twitter.com/SYAexk1jhD

— Call the Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) April 25, 2022

In July, Cliff Parisi, who plays the lovable Fred Buckle on the show, revealed that production has hit a few snags with COVID-19 since filming began, telling BBC's Morning Live that, "We've had a couple of people go down with COVID but generally the spirit's good, we're getting on with it." He added, "We're on episode four of the new series and the scripts are amazing, as always, from Heidi Thomas. We love working on her scripts and I'm very, very lucky to be working with such a talented and beautiful bunch of people."

Given that news, it seems likely that the show will remain on track for its traditional debut schedule with season 12 likely airing in the UK some time in early 2023, with new episodes making their way to the US slightly later—possibly that spring. Thomas seemed to confirm that timeline to the Radio Times in late July, saying that the new season "will probably come out in January if it follows the usual pattern."

What will season 12 be about?

Little is known about the specific storylines for season 12, but we have seen a few indicators. Speaking to Radio Times, Thomas explained, "Series 12, which we’re filming at the moment, is set in 1968. Women’s lives were incredibly different. Abortion had been legalised. Domestic violence was something that was being talked about more openly. The pill had come onto the scene. All of these things were changing women’s experience and shifting the lens through which women, and that’s our regular characters as well as our guest characters, look at the world." She added, "We’re looking at some very strong stories about the way society was changing at that time."

Along with the changing role of women in society, Thomas revealed that the show will also be touching on anti-immigration sentiment in the UK at the time, as well as the return of some issues from seasons past. Longtime fans of the show may remember Rhoda Mullucks (played by actress Liz White), who was prescribed thalidomide during her pregnancy in season 4, and later returned in season 6 to give birth to her daughter, Susan, who suffered birth defects from the substance. In season 12, Rhoda will be expecting another baby, which Thomas says, “puts [the family] under a certain amount of pressure and gives them a lot to worry about."

What else can we expect? "Something rather wonderful happens to Trixie, Lucile has to contend with a reasonable amount of sadness, and what else can I say?" Thomas said. "We have a new nun coming to join the line-up, Sister Veronica."

The show has been picked up through Season 13.

While things can get dramatic for the fictional midwives of Poplar, their real life fans don't have to be on the edge of their seats about the show's future. In April 2021, even before season 10 aired in the UK, the BBC announced that they had picked up the show not only for the previously announced season 11, but also for seasons 12 and 13. As with the previous seasons, the new entries into the world of the midwives will be made up of 8 hour-long episodes and an annual Christmas Special.

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"It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over," the show's creator Heidi Thomas said at the time. "We are thrilled to be going on for a few more years! Like Nonnatus House itself, we have a proud past but an even more exciting future—full of old favourites, fresh faces, higher hemlines, new ideas. The stories we tell are like babies - they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one."

However, it's not clear what might lie ahead for the show beyond their 13th outing. Laura Main, who plays Shelagh Turner on the show, recently told Radio Times like the cast is just as in-the-dark as the rest of us when it comes to a possible season 14. "We’ve known for a while that thirteen’s commissioned," she said, "but we’re not hearing anything else beyond that." She later added, "We know that maybe it’s getting really quite close to the end now."

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The Cast

While there haven't been many official casting announcements for season 12, behind the scenes photos shared by the show on Twitter appear to confirm a return from most of the core cast, including Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, and Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane.

Perhaps most exciting for longtime fans of the show, Helen George aka Nurse Trixie will also be returning to the show after a mid-season departure in season 11 for maternity leave.

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NEWS! Trixie's back! @helen_george makes her return to #CallTheMidwife Series 12 filming ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/J0aSM9xJwf pic.twitter.com/blvFUwpThf

— Call the Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) April 26, 2022
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From the sounds of it, she can expect an exciting season upon her return, as show creator Heidi Thomas teased to the RadioTimes in May that there's "big news" in the character's future. "Trixie rejoins us," she said. "And something interesting and rather wonderful will happen for Trixie this series, so she has big news coming up—which we probably won't unveil just yet."

Top of the speculation list, of course, is there might be something dramatic ahead for Trixie and her romantic interest of the last two seasons, the widower Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix)—perhaps, dare we hope, a wedding?—but for now the show is keeping things under wraps.

Catch up on Call the Midwife

Season 11 of Call the Midwife is currently available to stream through PBS and for purchase through Amazon Prime, whether you can also see all of the previous seasons. Seasons 1-10 are also streaming on Netflix.

Read the books that started it all

Did you know that Call the Midwife is inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, who really served as a midwife in Poplar in the 1950s and '60s? Worth ultimately wrote a trio of books about her work, which Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas used to create the beloved show.

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FAQs

Will there be a season 13 of Call the Midwife? ›

The show is currently renewed through to season 13. Per the BBC, the show is currently renewed in the United Kingdom through 2024, meaning there'll be both seasons 12 and 13. Each new season will consist of 8 episodes and a Christmas special.

Will there be a Call the Midwife Christmas Special 2022? ›

In keeping with tradition with previous seasons, the Call the Midwife 2022 Christmas special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day. Producers on the beloved BBC drama took to Instagram to tease the special, promising fans that the results of their team's 'hard work' is 'looking FANTASTIC'.

What was the surprise in Call the Midwife? ›

Fans took to social media to share their joy at seeing the couple finally kiss, and while the scene was filmed while the actors were distanced due to covid regulations, the moment was still everything fans had hoped for... Matthew and Trixie kiss and this was every Call the Midwife viewer: "Finally!!"

Why did Trixie leave Call the Midwife? ›

Call the Midwife's Trixie Franklin left halfway through series 11, due to actress Helen George's pregnancy. But you can rest assured that she is returning for some big storylines in series 12, which is currently filming now. Speaking to Radio Times, the show's creator Heidi Thomas said: "Trixie rejoins us.

Who is leaving Call the Midwife 2022? ›

Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer

"After four joyful years spend with Call the Midwife, I have decided to say goodbye to Nonnatus, Val and the wonderful cast, crew and production team.

Will there be a season 14 of Call the Midwife? ›

As of 20 February 2022, 95 episodes of Call the Midwife have aired, concluding the eleventh series. In April 2021, the BBC announced that series 12 and 13 had been commissioned, keeping the show on air until 2024.

What year is 2022 Call the Midwife set? ›

The drama follows the dedicated and hardworking midwives and nurses in east London's Poplar in 1950s. Call the Midwife's Christmas Special typically airs on Christmas day. Call the Midwife series 12 will arrive on BBC One in 2023.

Will Call the Midwife have a Christmas special this year? ›

Lucille, Trixie and Nancy are to return to our TV screens with a festive season special before the highly anticipated series 12. Call The Midwife has fast become the nation's favourite Christmas special and 2022 seems to be no exception.

Who plays Carol in Call the Midwife 2022? ›

Carole Reece is an underaged mother who appeared in two episodes of Call the Midwife. She is played by Ellie-May Sheridan.

Is Trixie in Call the Midwife pregnant in real life 2022? ›

In 2021, Helen took a break from filming Call The Midwife due to her own real-life pregnancy. In the series, Trixie was seen travelling to Italy to care for her godmother. The star's pregnancy was not written into the show, so using some clever camera trickery and props, Helen was able to conceal her growing baby bump.

What was the blunder that midwife commit? ›

Explanation: In the story "Birth" the blunder that midwife committed was that she dumped the baby among the soaked paper.

Who was the in memory of at the end of Call the Midwife? ›

As the eleventh season of the 1950s midwifery show concluded, the final moments of the gripping series finale commemorated Kev Corbishley, who died this year.

Are Jack Ashton and Helen George still together? ›

Helen and Jack are parents to five-year-old Wren Ivy and their eleven-month-old baby girl Lark. The couple started dating in 2016 after meeting on set in South Africa; Helen stars as Trixie Franklin, while Jack used to play Reverend Tom Hereward.

What is Trixie short for in Call the Midwife? ›

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How was Trixie written out of Call the Midwife? ›

So, naturally, many fans were made understandably nervous by Trixie's sudden exit at the end of episode 5 of season 11. In the episode, Trixie received word that her godmother was ill and she would have to rush to her side to care for her, departing from Poplar with several episodes left to go before the finale.

Is Chummy returning to Call the Midwife? ›

Miranda Hart will not be returning to her role as "Chummy" in BBC One's Call the Midwife, as was reported in April. The comedian and actress said it was "with a heavy heart" that she had to call off her comeback to the series.

Why did the main actors leave Call the Midwife? ›

Actress Jessica Raine played the role of Nurse Jenny Lee and she was believed to have left the series so she could pursue a career in film in the US, reports The Express. In 2017, the actress appeared on The One Show and revealed she no longer watched Call the Midwife.

Who does Trixie marry in Call the Midwife? ›

Trixie's relationship with Reverend Tom Hereward

Tom was the Reverend of Poplar, London, and works closely alongside the nuns of Nonnatus House, and he ended up becoming a key character. He got close to Trixie throughout his time working in the area, and he proposes to her at the beginning of season four.

Will Call the Midwife be back in 2023? ›

Season 11 of Call the Midwife will re-air on PBS February 2023, and will be available for streaming with PBS Passport in January before it rebroadcasts. All 8 episodes of Season 11 will be available for free streaming for 30 days after broadcast.

Will Trixie be back in season 12? ›

Who is in the cast of Call the Midwife season 12? Fans will be pleased to hear Trixie Franklin star Helen George will be returning for the new season. The star left part way through the last season to go on maternity leave, and she gave birth to her daughter Lark in November 2021.

Is Sister Monica Joan leaving Call the Midwife? ›

She dedicated her entire adult life to providing midwifery services to the poor of the East End. Now in her nineties, Sister Monica Joan has retired from practice, but lives full-time at Nonnatus House, cared for by her fellow sisters.
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Is there a season 12 in Call the Midwife? ›

Here's everything we know. Driving the news: According to the BBC, “Call the Midwife” was renewed for both Season 12 and Season 13 in 2021.

Is this the final season of Call the Midwife? ›

Call the Midwife has been renewed up until season 13 on BBC One, meaning the show will definitely be on our screens until 2024.

Is Trixie pregnant in Call the Midwife season 11? ›

Helen, who plays Trixie Franklin in the series, welcomed her second child in November 2021 and filmed the 11th season of the popular BBC drama during her pregnancy. But she came under fire from some viewers who claimed it "ruined continuity and aesthetics of the show".

How does Call The Midwife Christmas special end? ›

Though it's not the end of her time with the midwives, it's a sweet gesture to mark the end of her days at Nonnatus House. While it wasn't exactly the wedding they had planned, Cyril and Lucille finally get married in a gorgeous ceremony surrounded by their Poplar friends.

Who is playing Sister Veronica in Call the Midwife? ›

Judy Parfitt
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Where is the church in Call The Midwife Christmas special? ›

In the past week we have returned to one of our favourite locations in London's East End - beautiful St Anne's Church in Limehouse. This beautiful church was built between 1714-1727, and was designed Nicholas Hawksmoor, who was the great Sir Christopher Wren's assistant.

Is Lucille pregnant in Call the Midwife? ›

It looked like the future was bright for Cyril and Lucille earlier in the episode, but things took a heart-wrenching turn.

How old is Carol on Call the Midwife? ›

For the final episode of series 11 Portsmouth actress Ellie-May Sheridan has a starring role as Carole Reece, an unwed 16-year-old mother struggling to cope with her baby.

Who is the Down's syndrome actor in Call the Midwife? ›

Daniel Laurie is known for Call the Midwife (2012), Finding Alice (2021) and Vera (2011).

Did they use a real thalidomide baby in Call the Midwife? ›

Was a real baby used for the thalidomide delivery scenes? No, a special prosthetic baby was used to recreate the delivery of a thalidomide baby. You can find out more about how the scenes were filmed here.

Is Trixie married to Tom in real life? ›

Helen George, who plays Nonnatus House midwife Trixie and Jack Ashton who plays kindly Reverend Tom are together in real life.

Are real babies used in filming Call the Midwife? ›

“We rehearse the birth with what we call a 'jelly baby', which is essentially a silicone model that feels and looks just like a real baby. But when the time comes to shoot, we use a real baby.

Which nuns died in Call The Midwife? ›

Sister Evangelina admitted she'd suffered a stroke two months after leaving the convent. In a dramatic twist that devastated Call The Midwife fans, Sister Evangelina died following a second stroke in the Season Five finale, breaking the hearts of her fellow Sisters, nurses, and the community.

Why are midwives sued? ›

If you were under the care of a midwife and the midwife breached their duty of care, causing an injury, you may be able to sue the midwife for negligence or malpractice. A malpractice claim can allow you to recover compensation to pay for the damages and make sure the midwife is held accountable for their mistakes.

Why were babies born deformed on Call The Midwife? ›

Thalidomide was found to harm the development of unborn babies and cause serious birth defects, especially if taken in the first four to eight weeks of pregnancy. The drug led to the arms or legs of the babies being very short or incompletely formed. Other side effects also included deformed eyes, ears and hearts.

Who is Kev Corbishley mentioned at the end of Call the Midwife? ›

Who was Kev Corbishley on Call the Midwife? Kev, also known as Kevin, was a standby rigger on the beloved BBC series, working in the Camera and Electrical Department. He worked on the series from 2020 until 2022 when he died.

Does Delia remember Patsy? ›

Tragically, just after they moved, Delia was involved in a traffic accident in the Series Four finale, leaving her with amnesia and no memory of Patsy.

What happened to Sister Julienne in Call the Midwife? ›

Sister Julienne and Doctor Turner are alive. They both lost consciousness and are in pain—Dr. Turner's wrist may be broken and he suffered head trauma, while Sister Julienne's ribs may be broken—but they're alive after their train crashed into another.

Does Helen George wear a wig in Call the Midwife? ›

Although it was a wig, Helen looked completely unrecognisable with jet black hair. The post comes shortly after series nine of Call the Midwife came to an end. However, fans can rejoice as Helen will be back as the popular drama has already been re-commissioned by the BBC for both series ten and 11.

Did Jack Ashton and Helen George meet on Call the Midwife? ›

The couple met on the set of Call the Midwife

Take a look here… Helen George and her boyfriend Jack Ashton enjoyed some time away from their children as they attended the BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday.

Who is married in real life on Call the Midwife? ›

Fan favourite Dr Turner actor Stephen McGann has been married to the show's creator since 1998. Heidi Thomas, who created and wrote the BBC period drama, and Stephen have been a real-life couple for more than 30 years and share a son together.

Why has Trixie left Call the Midwife 2022? ›

Call the Midwife's Trixie Franklin left halfway through series 11, due to actress Helen George's pregnancy. But you can rest assured that she is returning for some big storylines in series 12, which is currently filming now. Speaking to Radio Times, the show's creator Heidi Thomas said: "Trixie rejoins us.

Is Trixie short for Beatrice? ›

Trixie is a shortened form of the given names Beatrix or Beatrice or Patricia or adopted as a nickname or used as a given name.

What does Trixie mean in slang? ›

Trixie (plural Trixies) (US, derogatory, slang) An affluent and sexually attractive young woman, the female counterpart of a Chad.

Why did Sister Mary Cynthia have a breakdown? ›

In the first episode the young nun broke down as she struggled to come to terms with the violence she was exposed to when visiting a young mum with an abusive husband. The incident set in motion a harrowing chain of events, which culminated in the young nun's disappearance from Nonnatus House.

Who leaves Call the Midwife 2022? ›

Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer

"After four joyful years spend with Call the Midwife, I have decided to say goodbye to Nonnatus, Val and the wonderful cast, crew and production team.

Does Trixie end up with Matthew? ›

This year, it's nurse Trixie Franklin's (Helen George) turn to tie the knot in Poplar with her partner Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix). Express.co.uk has exclusive pictures from the lavish ceremony which show Trixie and heartthrob Matthew glowing as they celebrate their special day.

Is Call the Midwife coming back in 2023? ›

Call the Midwife season 12 will air on BBC One at the end of the year with the Christmas special marking the first episode. Thankfully the historical drama has a bright future ahead as the series has been renewed until at least 2024.

How many Call the Midwife seasons will there be? ›

Call the Midwife is truly a four seasons job! Call the Midwife returns with a new Christmas Special, and Series 12 in 2023 xx." The drama follows the dedicated and hardworking midwives and nurses in east London's Poplar in 1950s.

How many episodes are there in Call the Midwife 2022? ›

Season 12 will consist of eight one-hour episodes, plus a feature-length Christmas special. Creator, writer and executive producer Heidi Thomas said: "It's an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call the Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over.

Is Trixie pregnant in Call the Midwife 2022? ›

In the series, Trixie was seen travelling to Italy to care for her godmother. The star's pregnancy was not written into the show, so using some clever camera trickery and props, Helen was able to conceal her growing baby bump.

Why are so many midwives leaving? ›

Exhausted midwives are walking away from the profession with burnout as growing staff shortages create a "toxic cycle" of resignations and further pressure on those who remain.

What year will Call the Midwife end? ›

Call the Midwife has been renewed up until season 13 on BBC One, meaning the show will definitely be on our screens until 2024.

Does Trixie find love in Call the Midwife? ›

Besides, it's nice to see Trixie find love at last, and Call the Midwife is all the better for it, too. The love connection between the two was a welcome reprieve from the otherwise somber episode, which tackled the teen pregnancy of an aspiring singer named Julie and the growing homeless population in Poplar.

Is Nurse Crane coming back? ›

Some of these performers have played these characters for so long, and we more than understand them having a breather here and there. So will we have a chance to see Nurse Crane in the finale? We weren't sure entering the finale, but we got our answer close to the end: She is back!

Is Call the Midwife returning in 2022? ›

CALL THE MIDWIFE, one of PBS's most beloved and popular dramas, returns for its eleventh season in 2022. With powerful stories of the nurses, midwives, and nuns from Nonnatus House in post-World War II London, the series is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery.

Does Trixie marry in Call the Midwife? ›

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This year, it's nurse Trixie Franklin's (Helen George) turn to tie the knot in Poplar with her partner Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix).

Is Call the Midwife a true story? ›

The show was inspired by a series of memoirs written by Jennifer Worth—Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse, and Farewell to the East End. Though many of the characters and situations, particularly in the early seasons, are borrowed from Worth's books, the show is nonetheless a work of fiction.

How old is Trixie in Call the Midwife? ›

Trixie is a bright, glamorous girl in her 20's, already living and working at Nonnatus House when Jenny arrives.

Where is Call the Midwife filmed? ›

Whilst Nonnatus House scenes are filmed at a closed studio set in Surrey, many exterior scenes are filmed at Chatham Dockyard in Kent. The Dockyard has been used to represent impoverished parts of the East End of London in the 1950's and 1960's.

What year is Call the Midwife set in? ›

The first series, set in 1957, premiered in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2012. The series was created by Heidi Thomas, originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked with the Community of St. John the Divine, an Anglican religious order, at their convent in the East End in London.

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