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'Call the Midwife' to return for second series in early 2013

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BBC One has confirmed that a second series of Call the Midwife will air in early 2013.

Series creator Heidi Thomas has promised that the longer eight-episode run will "delve more deeply into the lives of [the show's] regular characters".

'Call The Midwife' cast

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"Throughout series two, we continue to tell the gritty social and medical stories that so moved - and even shocked - the audience during our first outing," Thomas said.

"These are not easy stories to tell, but they are real, and important, and often shine a light on the way we live today."

Call the Midwife - which stars Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart - is based on the memoirs of the late British nurse Jennifer Worth.

"Series two - like series one - draws heavily on the original, best-selling trilogy of books by Jennifer Worth and blends her stories with original material to create a multi-layered whole," Thomas added.

'Call The Midwife' Christmas Special: Jenny Lee (JESSICA RAINE)

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The second series will be preceded by a Christmas special, in which an abandoned baby is discovered on the steps of the nuns' convent.

"When asked to bring the curtain up on a new series with a Christmas special, we jumped at the chance," Thomas continued. "At its heart Christmas has always been about love, hope, and generosity of spirit - all qualities we celebrate in Call the Midwife."

The drama was recently nominated for a 2013 Broadcast Award and will compete against the likes of This Is England '88 and Line of Duty in the category of 'Best Drama Series or Serial'.

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Watch a trailer for the Call the Midwife Christmas special below:

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