Call the Midwife confirm future on BBC after heartbreaking episode

Call the Midwife: Doctor Turner injured in train crash

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Call The Midwife concluded with a bang as the final episode explored the aftermath of the tragic train derailment. Fans of the BBC One show couldn’t get enough during the final outing of season 11, and without having a moment to pause after the final scenes, the show quickly took to social media to confirm that it would be back with a Christmas special.

The penultimate episode had left spectators guessing who had or hadn’t survived the horrific crash and were at the edge of the seats for the last chapter.

One tragic casualty came in the form of Dorothy Carnie (played by Stephanie Jacob), who had been serving tea on the train. After suffering severe burns, she died in the care of Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Dr Turner (Stephen McGann).

Viewers were also shocked to discover that Lionel Corbett (Marc Elliott) died of a brain tumour while his wife gave birth to their child in the season finale. 

Without giving onlookers the chance to process what had happened, the show tweeted to say that they would “be back”. 

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Sharing with their 93,100 Twitter followers, they said: “Thank you all for watching Series 11 [black heart emoji]

“We’ll be back!! #CallTheMidwife will return with a new Christmas Special and Series 12 in 2023! xxx @BBCOne @BBCiPlayer”

Immediately fans, still feeling emotionally raw, jumped at the news to share their praise for the show and thankfulness that it would be returning.

Janet Marland commented: “A fabulous end to Series 11. Well done and thank you to everyone on the #CallTheMidwife team, you do work to be truly proud of which is a joy to watch.”

Stephanie Harrison added: “It’s been a wonderful series. Loved it from start to finish, watching the characters develop. I have been an avid fan since the very first episode. 

“Can’t wait to see what happens in the future. Thank you for a wonderful drama.”

After the news was posted many fans had already started their countdown clocks

“I feel somewhat bereft as this wonderful series of #CallTheMidwife has ended. Only ten months until the Christmas special!,” Rob Music shared. 

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Brenton Phillips chimed in with: “Well that was a beautiful ending to @CallTheMidwife1 wow I absolutely love that show. 

“Can’t wait until it’s back in December. #CallTheMidwife.”

The distressing episode did conclude in some form of resolve, even if it wasn’t a happily ever after moment.

The final episode in the season warmed fans as the entire team stood together to have their photo taken by Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett)

The show also paid tribute to crew member Kev Corbishley who died at the start of the year.

Not much is known about the Christmas special, but fans should keep their eyes on the show’s official channels with the news breaking tonight of the festive follow-up. 

Call The Midwife will return for a 12th season in early 2023, the Christmas special will air later this year.

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