No surprises here. BBC One has renewed hit daytime drama Father Brown for a seventh season, which is set to air in 2019. “Father Brown will be back in early 2019 solving crimes in the Cotswolds and viewers can prepare for an enticing new series on BBC Daytime and the BBC iPlayer”, said Dan McGolpin Controller of Programming and Daytime for the BBC.
Based on the works of G.K. Chesterton, Father Brown is set in the 1950s and follows the eponymous Roman Catholic priest as he solves crimes in the Cotswold village of Kembleford. The drama series is produced by BBC Studios and stars Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, Emer Kenny and Jack Deam. Father Brown ranks as BBC One’s number one daytime drama with an average audience of over 2.3 million viewers.
In season seven, when Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) returns from Northern Rhodesia in need of help, Father Brown is forced to conclude that none other than Hercule Flambeau (John Light) may be her greatest ally. Meanwhile a familiar face returns to Kembleford when a notorious police killer is spotted near the village, putting Sergeant Goodfellow (John Burton) in grave danger.
“In this series we see anarchists, ramblers and Morris Dancers all throwing up new adventures for Father Brown but as ever, he’s more concerned with saving souls that in just bringing the guilty to justice”, said Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama for BBC Studios. “This summer was spent filming in our favourite locations across the Midlands from Evesham to Warwick and showcasing the beautiful period Cotswolds villages. Series seven is set to be the best one yet.”
Father Brown is the second of BBC One’s daytime drama series to earn a renewal for next year, after the channel picked up a second season of Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators a couple of months ago. No word yet on whether or not BBC One will be sticking with Australian acquisition The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which after being cancelled by the ABC moved to Seven for four TV movies. That plan for four TV movies took on a different flavour earlier this year when Seven announced that the first such movie would not feature star Craig McLachlan.