PBS finally confirmed speculation that it has picked up a second season of “Call the Midwife,” announcing Wednesday that the eight-episode second season will debut March 31.
PBS has also bought broadcast rights to the “Call the Midwife” Christmas special, which will air Dec. 30.
The show, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, is set in East London in the 1950s and follows the midwives and the nuns of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent coping with the medical problems in a deprived area of East London in the 1950s.
The first, six-episode season of the series clocked 3 million viewers on PBS — 50 percent above the programming service’s prime-time average for the 2011-12 TV season. (In the UK, the series opened with a crowd of 11.4 million tuned in, making it the highest-rated BBC new-drama launch on record.)