Weidenfeld & Nicolson has signed Call the Midwife - A Labour of Love: Ten Years of Love, Life and Laughter by actor Stephen McGann, an anniversary book celebrating 10 years of BBC One's hit drama.
The book will tell the "up-close and personal story of 'Call the Midwife' as told by the cast and crew who’ve made it into the iconic drama it is today". It will include personal reflections, anecdotes and insights from McGann's co-stars, producers, technical crew and guests, and will feature behind-the-scenes photography.
Created by Heidi Thomas, "Call the Midwife" was first aired in 2012 and is set in the East End of London following midwifery and family life in the 1950s and 1960s. The 11th series is currently in production.
McGann, who plays Dr Turner in the series, commented: "Working on Call The Midwife — A Labour of Love has been like opening a much-loved family album; some of the images have made me smile. Some have made me miss those pictured afresh. But all of them have made me cherish the years we shared, and the stories we made together."
Maddy Price, editorial director, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Annabel Merullo at Peters Fraser + Dunlop, acting on behalf of Neal Street Productions. North American rights were acquired by Roger Shaw at Weldon Owen.
Price said: "As the publishers of the original Jennifer Worth memoirs that inspired the first series of the show, we at W&N are thrilled to be continuing that legacy with this beautiful celebratory gift book. 'Call the Midwife' fans will love the behind the scenes photos and personal anecdotes from cast members past and present, all compiled by Dr Turner himself."
McGann previously published two books with Simon & Schuster, Dr Turner's Casebook (2016) and Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses (2017).