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Hit BBC1 show, starring Miranda Hart, will go on despite running out of original memoirs on which it is based

Call the Midwife screenwriter Heidi Thomas has run out of the original memoirs on which the series is based, but that has not stopped the show being commissioned for a third series and Christmas special.

The hit BBC1 show, starring Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart, is the channel's biggest new drama for more than a decade, watched by around 9 million viewers in its Sunday night slot.

Thomas adapted the series from the three collections of memoirs written by Jennifer Worth, the retired nurse who died in 2011 before the first show was broadcast.

By the time the second run of the maternity drama set in London's East End comes to an end next month, Thomas will have exhausted the original source material.

But she told the new issue of Radio Times: "Don't worry. »

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