After a five year break, Hugo Speer (The Musketeers) is returning to Father Brown. The actor, most recently seen on BBC One in U.S. acquisition London Kills, is set to reprise his role as Chief Inspector Valentine in the show’s just announced eighth season. He last appeared in Father Brown’s season two premiere back in 2014.
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 Daytime Drama Unit and stars Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, Emer Kenny, Jack Deam and John Burton.
In addition to Hugo Speer, fan favourites Alex Price (Penny Dreadful) and Nancy Carroll (Prime Suspect 1973) are also returning for season eight and will be reprising their roles as Sid Carter and Lady Felicia, respectively. Other returning guest stars include John Light as Hercule Flambeau, Alan Williams as Blind ‘Arry and Tom Chambers as Chief Inspector Sullivan.
Season eight sees Father Brown investigate the murder of an eccentric beekeeper, step in when Mrs McCarthy’s family reunion is threatened by a fortune-teller’s predictions and race against time to save Bunty from the hangman’s noose when she is tried for murder. Peter Bullock is the series producer, while the Head of BBC Drama Unit Birmingham Will Trotter is the executive producer. As TVWise reported earlier today, BBC One has already renewed Father Brown for a ten episode ninth season to air in 2021.