The hugely successful crime drama Father Brown, based on the stories by GK Chesterton, has been recommissioned for a third series by BBC One Daytime in collaboration with BBC Worldwide.
The second series, which has just concluded a two-week run on BBC One, stars Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest. In its first week on air, the show gained an average audience of 1.9m and 24.7 per cent share. The new series of 15x45-minute episodes will start shooting in and around the Cotswolds later this year.
The show is made by BBC Birmingham Drama Village and builds on a successful slate of drama series including Land Girls, Doctors and cop drama WPC 56.
Executive producer Will Trotter says: “Father Brown is a successful co-production between BBC Worldwide and BBC Drama Production which has delivered compulsive viewing for BBC One Daytime. The success of this second series has proved that viewers have really taken Mark Williams as Father Brown to their hearts. We are delighted that we can continue to bring such a well-loved character to life.”
Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development, BBC Birmingham says: ‘Will Trotter's Birmingham team have created a real gem of a series. It's a great showcase of the strong drama talent that exists in the region.”
Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Daytime adds: “I’m extremely proud that Father Brown has become an appointment to view programme on BBC One afternoons. The production team and Mark Williams have done a fantastic job bringing Father Brown to life and I’m delighted that our viewers share my enthusiasm for the series.”
Father Brown is produced by BBC Birmingham and the series producer Sam Hill. It was developed by lead writers Rachel Flowerday and Tahsin Guner. It will be produced by Ceri Meyrick and Neil Irvine is the script producer.
Will Trotter's Birmingham team have created a real gem of a series. It's a great showcase of the strong drama talent that exists in the region.”