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Tuesday 4 July 2023

Call the Midwife - Series 13 begins production

Production is underway for the highly anticipated series 13 of Neal Street Productions' beloved drama, Call the Midwife. The new series will consist of a 90-minute Christmas special in 2023, followed by eight 60-minute episodes airing in 2024 on BBC One and iPlayer. In an exciting announcement, the BBC confirmed that the show will continue with two additional series, 14 and 15, ensuring its presence on the airwaves until 2026.

Fans can rejoice as the familiar and well-loved regular cast members will be returning for series 13. The season kicks off with Nonnatus House introducing a new pupil midwife-training scheme. The house welcomes two aspiring midwives, Joyce Highland and Rosalind Clifford, who are eager to embark on this new chapter in their careers and will be sharing a room.

Joyce Highland, originally from Trinidad, dreams of becoming the Matron of a British hospital. She is hardworking, exceptionally intelligent, and possesses a deep kindness, though she carries a traumatic past that she cannot keep hidden forever.

Rosalind Clifford is a young, warm-hearted, passionate, and humorous individual. While she may appear naive at times, she possesses a determination that will lead her to make life-changing decisions.

Joining the cast as Joyce is Renee Bailey, whose acting credits include the role of series regular Leila in BBC/Netflix's popular series "Rebel Cheer Squad - A Get Even Series," as well as the recurring character Paris in the BAFTA-winning series "Mood" for BBC Three/Bonafide. Renee's theatrical work includes performances in "Unknown Rivers" at the Hampstead Theatre and "(This Isn't) A True Story" at the Almeida Theatre.

Natalie Quarry, a newcomer to the screen, portrays Rosalind. Her television experience includes appearing in the series "Doctors" for the BBC. She recently showcased her talent in the theatre production of "Amphibian" at The King's Head Theatre in 2021.

Series 13 will continue to delve into the intricate medical and personal situations encountered by the midwifery and district nursing teams. Set in 1969, the number of births occurring in hospitals has reached an all-time high. The demand for maternity beds remains intense nationwide, but Nonnatus House in Poplar is coping relatively well, thanks to the dedicated work of the team and the increasing popularity of home births overseen by the Sisters.

This season will explore stories from the Sylheti and Nigerian communities, as well as those centered around the docks. The challenges posed by poor housing, which affects various aspects of social and health conditions in Poplar, will be a significant focus for the Nonnatus team. The series will also address important issues such as Cerebral Palsy, Congenital Hip Dysplasia, Tetanus, Porphyria, and TB.

The regular cast members returning for series 13 include Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, Laura Main as Shelagh Turner, Helen George as Trixie Aylward, Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle, Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane, Megan Cusack as Nancy Corrigan, Annabelle Apsion as Violet Buckle, Georgie Glen as Miss Higgins, Zephryn Taitte as Cyril Robinson, Olly Rix as Matthew Aylward, Rebecca Gethings as Sister Veronica, Daniel Laurie as Reggie Jackson, Max Macmillan as Timothy Turner, Alice Brown as Angela Turner, Francesca Fullilove as Colette Corrigan, April Rae Hoang as May Tang, and Edward Shaw as Teddy Turner.

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