When Will Season 12 Debut?
Despite the lack of an official release date announcement, we know that filming for the next season of Call the Midwife began this spring. New production stills from Call the Midwife were released on April 25 via the show’s official Twitter account, marking the beginning of filming.
Actor Cliff Parisi, who plays Fred Buckle, said in July that “we’ve had a handful of guys go down with COVID but overall the spirit’s good, we’re getting on with it,” referring to the COVID-19 outbreak that has plagued the set since filming began. What’s more, “As usual, Heidi Thomas has written fantastic scripts for the new season, which is already four episodes in. Working on her scripts is a blast, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a lovely and gifted team.”
Based on this information, Season 12 of the show will most likely premiere in the United Kingdom in early 2023, with new episodes arriving in the United States a little later, maybe in the spring of that same year. When asked by the Radio Times about when to expect the new season, Thomas appeared to confirm that timeframe in late July, saying that “it will probably come out in January if it follows the regular pattern.”
What will Season 12 Be About?
There isn’t much information available regarding the plot of Season 12, however, there have been a few hints. Thomas elaborated in an interview with Radio Times: “We are now filming Season 12, which takes place in 1968. The lives of women were very different. Abortion was now legally permissible. It was becoming increasingly acceptable to discuss domestic abuse.
The medication has finally arrived. All of these factors were altering the lives of women and affecting the way all of our female characters, both regular and recurring, see the world.” Aside from that, she said, “We’re looking at some pretty compelling stories about the way society was developing at that time.”
When asked about what would be covered in the upcoming season, Thomas said that societal shifts involving women would be explored, but that anti-immigration attitude in the UK at the time would also be addressed, and that some topics from previous seasons would make a comeback. If you’ve been watching the show since the beginning, you may remember Rhoda Mullucks (played by Liz White), who was given thalidomide during her pregnancy in season 4.
She returned in season 6 to give birth to her daughter, Susan, who was born with physical and mental impairments due to the drug. Thomas believes that the news that Rhoda is expecting again “puts [the family] under a certain amount of pressure and gives them a lot to worry about” for Season 12.
I mean, what else can we possibly anticipate? A good thing occurs to Trixie, Lucile has to deal with some sadness, and what else can I say? A statement made by Thomas. “Sister Veronica, a brand new nun, is joining the ranks.”
The Show Has Been Picked Up Through Season 13.
Fans of the show don’t have to sit on the tip of their seats whenever things get tense for the midwives of Poplar, even if that’s how the show is portrayed on screen. Season 10 had not yet been broadcast in the UK when the BBC announced in April 2021 that they have picked up the show for not only season 11 but also seasons 12 and 13. The upcoming seasons of “The Midwife” will consist of 8 one-hour episodes and a Christmas special, the same as the previous ones.
Creator Heidi Thomas stated at the time, “It’s an extraordinary luxury to be able to reflect back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from done.” “Happy to continue for few more years! In the same way that Nonnatus House has a storied history, its bright future is full with fan favourites, newcomers, longer skirts, and innovative thinking. Like having children, we can’t get enough of telling stories, and we promise to do our very best for each and every one.”
Beyond their 13th episode, however, the show’s future is unclear. Actress Laura Main, who plays Shelagh Turner, recently told Radio Times that the cast knows as little about a potential Season 14 as the rest of us. She explained, “Thirteen’s been commissioned for quite some time, but beyond that, we haven’t heard anything.” We know that maybe it’s going really fairly close to the finish now,” she continued.
A majority of the regular cast, including Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, and Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane, appears to be returning in Season 12, despite the lack of official casting announcements.
Even more thrilling for longtime viewers is the return of Helen George, better known by her character’s name, Nurse Trixie. George left the programme in the middle of Season 11 due to maternity leave.
— Call the Midwife (@CallTheMidwife1) April 26, 2022
Heidi Thomas, the show’s creator, hinted in May to the RadioTimes that the character is in for “huge news” in the upcoming season, so it sounds like she’s in for an interesting year when she returns. “Trixie is back with us,” she remarked. We probably won’t reveal Trixie’s big news just yet, but it’s something interesting and quite fantastic that will happen to her this season.
One of the most talked-about theories is that Trixie and her longtime beau, widower Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix), will soon tie the knot, but the show’s producers are keeping their plans under wraps for the time being.
Catch up on Call the Midwife
If you have PBS streaming or Amazon Prime, you can watch Season 11 of “Call the Midwife” right now, and if you buy it, you can watch all of the other seasons as well. In addition to seasons 11 and up, seasons 1-10 are also available to stream on Netflix.
Read the Books That Started It All
Did you know that Jennifer Worth, a real life midwife in Poplar in the 1950s and 1960s, provided as inspiration for the show Call the Midwife? Worth eventually authored three books based on her experiences, and Heidi Thomas used these volumes as inspiration for the acclaimed series Call the Midwife.
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