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Call the Midwife’s future in doubt after series loses studio to Netflix

Despite being commissioned until 2024, the future of hit BBC series Call the Midwife could be in doubt after Netflix secured the lease for the studio it is filmed in

The future of hit BBC drama Call the Midwife has been thrown into doubt after the studio it is filmed in was leased to Netflix.

The hugely popular show’s makers Neal Street Productions have been asked to leave their studio space at Longcross Studios following filming for season 11.

The decision means they may have to find a new home to film seasons 12 and 13 – or devastatingly call it a day.

Hopefully for fans of the show, which has been commissioned until 2024, a premature end won’t be on the cards and there are plans in place for the company to enter discussions with the streaming giants over future filming.

A spokesperson for the production company told The Times : “Call the Midwife series 11 is currently filming at Longcross Studios and the adjacent Barrowhills complex.



The studio Call the Midwife is filmed at has been leased to Netflix
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“There are ongoing conversations between Neal Street Productions and Netflix about how to continue filming future series at the studio complex.

““Making Call The Midwife for the BBC and its loyal fans is a priority for the production team.”

A spokesperson for the BBC added: “Call the Midwife is a hugely popular show and we are sure any issues will be resolved.”

The show has been an ever present at the studios since moving there in series three.









There had been rumours earlier in the year that Netflix were actually trying to steal the hit drama series from under the noses of the BBC.

The heart-warming period drama which follows the lives of nurse midwives working in the East End of London has been a hit ever since it launched on the Beeb in 2012.

But sources revealed in May that big bosses at Netflix were preparing to throw a bigger budget at the show in a bid to entice it to the streaming platform.

A TV insider told the Daily Star at the time: “The hour-long format of the programme and its huge viewing figures make it an irresistible prospect for Netflix.



Call the Midwife launched on the BBC in 2012
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BBC / Nealstreat Productions / Sophie Mutevelian)




“They would also be able to make more than the current eight episodes per series and it would be watched globally.”

And it appeared as though the show’s writer Heidi Thomas, 58, would be in two minds if such a decision came her way.

She previously admitted that she didn’t feel other broadcasters would understand the show, but confessed that she was becoming envious watching other dramas which seemingly have no-expense-spared budgets.


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