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Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas DENIES claims she’s quitting the show

Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas DENIES claims she’s quitting the show amid claims the much-loved BBC drama left her no time for other work

Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas has hit back at claims she has bowed out from the much-loved BBC show.

It was reported Heidi quit the long-running drama so she could concentrate on other projects because the show was said to have left her with no time.

Heidi told MailOnline: ‘Reports that I am leaving Call The Midwife are absolute nonsense.’

Not true: Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas (pictured in June 2016, NYC) denied claims she's quitting the show amid claims the much-loved BBC drama left her no time for other work

Not true: Call The Midwife creator Heidi Thomas (pictured in June 2016, NYC) denied claims she’s quitting the show amid claims the much-loved BBC drama left her no time for other work

The representative went on: ‘I am currently happily working on Series 9, and will continue with my role until the show itself comes to an end. 

‘Series 10 and 11 have already been commissioned by the BBC, meaning we will be on air until at least 2022.’

According to reports, the writer had said she would leave the show within the next two years.   

Still here: It was reported Heidi quit the long-running drama so she could concentrate on other projects because the show was said to have left her with no time

Still here: It was reported Heidi quit the long-running drama so she could concentrate on other projects because the show was said to have left her with no time

It had been reported in The Mirror, Heidi explained that she plans to slowly ease herself off the show.

According to the publication, she said: ‘It’s like owls when they learn to fly – they wriggle along the branch and then suddenly they’re flying. I suppose that will be me in the next year or two.

‘When I look at the casualties along the way, my path for the last eight years is strewn with bodies, corpses, things I was commissioned and couldn’t write.

‘What I don’t want, when Call the Midwife ends, is for me to be 60 and redundant so I have to go and do yoga and polish things at church and do all the other things retired ladies do.’

New start: According to reports, the writer had said she would leave the show within the next two years (pictured in December 2017, London)

New start: According to reports, the writer had said she would leave the show within the next two years (pictured in December 2017, London)

Heidi is also the brains behind the BBC’s Cranford and Upstairs, Dowstairs. 

Call The Midwife is one of the BBC‘s most popular shows, attracting millions of viewers with every series.

Call The Midwife is at present commissioned for a further three series, running until 2022 at least. 

The drama, about East End nurses in the 50’s and 60’s, stars Jennifer Kirby, Helen George, Leonie Elliot, Laura Main and Jenny Agutter, as well as Stephen McGann, 56, (Doctor Turner), whom Heidi is engaged to. 

Meanwhile, Heidi previously stated it was like a ‘stab through the heart’ when actors leave the programme to pursue a career in Hollywood.’

She's off: 'What I don’t want, when Call the Midwife ends, is for me to be 60 and redundant so I have to go and do yoga and polish things at church and do all the other things retired ladies do'

She’s off: ‘What I don’t want, when Call the Midwife ends, is for me to be 60 and redundant so I have to go and do yoga and polish things at church and do all the other things retired ladies do’

It comes after former star Jessica Raine (Nurse Jenny Lee) went on to star in two movies whole Emerald Fennell (Nurse Patsy Mount) hit the big time as a writer and producer on Killing Eve. 

She told The Daily Star: ‘Writers don’t have control over whether people stay or not. 

‘And when young ladies come on the show and then three years later they decide it’s time to go to Hollywood every time, it’s like a stab through the heart.

‘I now know the signs and when I see those signs I think: ‘Oh Hollywood beckons’ and I start to think how I will move them to one side. I become quite ruthless about it.’

Hard to take: Meanwhile, Heidi previously stated it was like a 'stab through the heart' when actors leave the programme to pursue a career in Hollywood'

Hard to take: Meanwhile, Heidi previously stated it was like a ‘stab through the heart’ when actors leave the programme to pursue a career in Hollywood’

Daily Mail UK

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