Belfast Telegraph

Midwife drama gets record audience

Call The Midwife has landed a second series just two episodes into its run after BBC bosses were delighted with record audiences.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen has commissioned a further run after figures showed the hit show had drawn the biggest audience for the launch of a new drama on the channel.

Almost 10 million viewers have seen the first edition of the series about nursing nuns in the East End of London, featuring stars such as Miranda Hart, Jenny Agutter and Pam Ferris.

The programmes are based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth.

Cohen said: "Call The Midwife has had a huge impact with audiences.

"It manages to be both hard-hitting and emotional, gritty and warm. I am already looking forward to the second series."

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