Netflix 'hoping to steal Call The Midwife from BBC bosses' and give it huge budget

Mirror logo Mirror 17/05/2021 10:49:09 Louise Lavigueur

Streaming giant Netflix is reportedly looking to give new life - and a bigger budget - to BBC hit Call The Midwife.

The heart-warming period drama, following the lives of nurse midwives working in the East End of London, has been a hit ever since it launched on the Beeb in 2012.

Writer Heidi Thomas is said to have been approached by Netflix who are looking to capitalise on its success and huge audience by offering bigger budgets and more episodes in each series, although both broadcasting platforms deny the claims.

A TV insider told the Daily Star: "The hour-long format of the programme and its huge viewing figures make it an irresistible prospect for Netflix.

a person wearing a suit and tie walking down the street: Could Call The Midwife move over to Netflix? © BBC / Nealstreet Productions / Laura RadfordCould Call The Midwife move over to Netflix?

"They would also be able to make more than the current eight episodes per series and it would be watched globally."

And although Heidi, 58, previously told how she didn't feel other broadcasters would understand the show, she admitted to becoming envious watching other dramas which seemingly have no-expense-spared budgets.

She added: "I do remember watching a very early episode of The Crown where an aeroplane takes off on a runway in Africa and emus run underneath it.

"I was like, 'Urgh. They have got emus'. On Call The Midwife, if we need a dog, people bring their own pets. I felt like a poor relation at that moment."

Linda Bassett wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: It's a huge hit for the BBC © BBC / Nealstreet Productions / Laura RadfordIt's a huge hit for the BBC

Nabbing the drama would be a blow to the Beeb and is comparable to when The Great British Bake Off left for Channel 4 in a £75million switch in 2016.

But for now at least, fans of the BBC drama can continue to enjoy a Sunday night spent soaking in emotional storylines and watching the day-to-day triumphs of main characters' own lives living in gritty Poplar in the 50s and 60s.

The main cast includes Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan and Helen George as Trixie Franklin.

a man and woman preparing food in a kitchen: Netflix bosses are apparently very keen to steal it © BBC / Nealstreat ProductionsNetflix bosses are apparently very keen to steal it

The show, which attracts eight million viewers a week, also stars Laura Main as Shelagh Turner, with Leonie Elliott as Lucille Anderson and Stephen McGann as Dr Patrick Turner.

Netflix denied to the Mirror that it had any plans to steal the show.

A BBC Spokesperson: "This is categorically untrue and Call The Midwife will remain a BBC commissioned series. It enjoys great success on PBS, Netflix and other networks around the world but it continues to be much loved by huge audiences on BBC One and that is where it will stay."

* Call The Midwife airs on Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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