Weidenfeld & Nicolson is to publish a collection of narrations and life-affirming quotes from the hit TV drama, Call the Midwife, in a new compendium titled The Wisdom of Call the Midwife. The collection will be taken from the original scripts by Heidi Thomas and will offer up lessons on love, friendship, motherhood, and more.
The collection is scheduled to publish in October 2020 and is the fruit of the efforts of editorial director Maddy Price, who acquired world rights from Claire Potter at Metrostar on behalf of Neal Street Productions.
It will feature, among others, the voices of glamorous but vulnerable Trixie, forthright Nurse Crane, the delightfully witty Sisters Evangelina and Monica Joan and of course the wise and iconic narrations voiced by Vanessa Redgrave. Heidi Thomas, the creator and writer of the show will write a foreword.
Call the Midwife is an award-winning period drama set in Poplar, in the East End of London created by Heidi Thomas. Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One, Call the Midwife has been one of Britain’s most popular drama series since it launched in 2012 and it continues to be the most watched drama series in the UK. The most recent series averaged nine million viewers per episode and a landmark tenth series is due to commence filming later this year.
Maddy Price, editorial director, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, said: “As the publishers of the Jennifer Worth memoirs that originally inspired the TV series, we at W&N couldn’t be happier to be publishing this lovely book of quotes from the scripts. Call the Midwife is unique in that its episodes bring so much joy and comfort to viewers, and unique also in the loyalty and dedication of its fans.”
Heidi Thomas added: “I am delighted that Weidenfeld and Nicholson have produced this beautifully illustrated volume for fans of Call the Midwife. Our lovely, loyal viewers have been asking for a book of quotes from the series for a long time, and with our tenth anniversary approaching, I know they will be thrilled with this unique keepsake.”
The Wisdom of Call the Midwife will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in October 2020 in hardback and eBook.