Birmingham scores daytime drama

Writer G.K. Chesterton Writer G.K. Chesterton, whose Father Brown stories were also adapted by Radio 4 in the 80s

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G.K.Chesterton's crime solving priest Father Brown is the subject of a new 10 part drama series from the BBC in Birmingham.

Commissioned to mark the centenary of the first publication of the popular stories, the series will focus on the fictional cleric's early criminal investigations and be set in the first half of the 20th century.

Developed by Tessa Finch, head of development for Vision Productions and John Yorke, controller of drama production, the new series will be made at the BBC Birmingham drama village.

Yorke said: 'This new commission will see investment in Birmingham, which is home to the award winning Doctors, now in its 12th year, and the award winning Land Girls, which has just had its third series aired to an average of 1.6 million viewers. This is good news for BBC Birmingham and shows the BBC's commitment to the city.'

Filming is set to commence in 2012, with the finished series set to air on BBC One Daytime in 2013.

Broadcasting union Bectu is currently balloting its Birmingham members for strike action over plans to move staff from the Mailbox to Bristol and Salford.

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