Mark Williams pictured for the BBC version of Father Brown
“This series really puts Father Brown to the test, battling old foes, using wit and guile to right some serious wrongs and all while tending to his parishioners in the quaint village of Kembleford. This summer was spent filming in our favourite locations across the Midlands from Redditch to Warwick and showcasing the beautiful period Cotswolds villages.” – Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama, Birmingham Drama Village
As well as the series the beeb will also air a Christmas Special before the series continues in January. Returning alongside Father Brown (Mark Williams) are his faithful parish secretary Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), wayward socialite Bunty Windermere (Emer Kenny) and long suffering Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam).
The series kicks off with a cold case at Christmas. When a skeleton from a seven year old murder case is found buried in the woods, doubts are cast on the conviction of the confessed killer – a local gentle giant. Father Brown and friends investigate a miscarriage of justice at the same time as starring in the annual Christmas pantomime – Cinderella.
Kenneth More in the ATV version of Father Brown, which aired on ITV in the 1970s
Visiting from Northern Rhodesia with Sid (Alex Price), Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) is intercepted by her old adversary from M15, Daniel Whittaker (Daniel Flynn). Is her lover Benedict (Richard Harrington) really a Russian spy? Elsewhere Father Brown struggles to protect those closest to him when old foe Katherine Corven (Kate O’Flynn) is unexpectedly released from prison, thirsty for revenge. As the series ends Father Brown is troubled to hear about the death of Flambeau (John Light) as he races to protect a crown that contains a nail from the crucifixion of Christ.
Father Brown was first adapted for television for ITV audiences in the 1970s by ATV Elstree, the lead was played in the original series by Kenneth More.
“Father Brown is the most watched drama on BBC One Daytime, averaging over 2.5 million viewers and is a world-wide success with a global audience in over 150 countries. Series six is a real treat for the fans, and they won’t be disappointed.” – Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama, Birmingham Drama Village