Fans of Call The Midwife have been given a sneak peak at series nine as they eagerly await the return of the show after series eight came to an emotional end earlier this year.
The official synopsis of the new series has been released and it hints at a number of new challenges for the team.
It reads: “As the tower blocks multiply and a new East End rises from the ashes of the old, society becomes more prosperous, but more complex.
“Our familiar team of medics and midwives face unexpected challenges as the population shifts, rules change, and old diseases come back to haunt them.”
Drug abuse, cancer and tuberculosis are some of the cases the team will be dealing with in the upcoming season as well as coping with the threat of demolition to Nonnatus House.
Will Nonnatus House be saved or could the future of the team be thrown into question?
As well as these challenges, season nine, which is likely to air in early 2020, will kick off with the funeral of Winston Churchill in January 1965.
The new series of the BBC drama has started filming and an image from the Christmas episode has given viewers an insight into what the team will be up to when the show returns.
Mother Mildred (Miriam Margoyles) will lead the team to the Scottish Outer Hebrides where they will battle against the bleak conditions to help their patients before returning to Poplar for Christmas.
Revealing the unusual location, the picture shows the team in very different conditions to what they are used to.
Appearing to have arrived at where they will be staying, the medics and midwives are greeted with a herd of sheep.
Elsewhere, show creator Heidi Thomas has dropped a huge bombshell about the ending of season nine.
Speaking at the BFI & Radio Times Festival, Heidi remained tight-lipped on upcoming storylines.
She confessed: “I know what I’m writing for series nine at least but it’s under wraps for the time being.”
But when discussing fan favourites Trixie Franklin, (Helen George) Lucille Anderson, (Leonie Elliot) and Valerie Dyer, (Jennifer Kirby) Heidi confirmed: “They’re all still alive at the end.”
Viewers have watched Trixie’s story unfold from the beginning and the actress who plays the nurse revealed at the BFI & Radio Times Festival how much she enjoyed the show.
She admitted: “I can’t believe we’ve been commissioned for this many. We’re on series nine at the moment and we started out with six episodes so this is absolutely incredible.”
Looking to the future, Heidi confessed that she was excited to take the characters forward.
She added: “The 1960s were all about change and challenge and I don’t know what’s going to be happening to these three in two, three years time.
“But I know it’ll be exciting and I know we’ll feel very invested in the journeys they go on and that’ll take us right up to 1967.”
Call the Midwife will return to BBC One.
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