Call The Midwife Inspires A Generation

We should have placed a great big juicy bet on the likelihood of this occurring back in January when audiences raved about the arrival of this 1950s melodrama.

According to a report by The Sun, the number of applications to midwifery courses up and down the country has risen by nearly a fifth and the rise is being attributed, at least in part, to the success of Call The Midwife.

The 1950s baby-delivery drama attracted 9.2 million viewers to the series finale, securing its place as one of the most successful BBC dramas of all time.

The series has made household names of newcomers Jessica Raine, Bryony Hannah and Helen George, and saw Miranda Hart in her first “straightâ€? TV role as Chummy.

Based on the memoirs of best-selling author (and genuine 1950s midwife), Jennifer Worth, the show has now been commissioned for a second series of eight episodes.

Whether these applicants will be bitterly disappointed by the absence of boneshaker bikes and glass enema tubes is another issue entirely.