Daytime crime drama Father Brown, based on the stories by GK Chesterton, has been re-commissioned by BBC One Daytime in collaboration with BBC Worldwide.
The first series, starring Mark Williams as the eponymous crime solving Roman Catholic priest, gained an average audience of 2.1 million and a 23.5 per cent share. The new series of 10×45-minute episodes will start shooting in the Cotswolds for 14 weeks from Monday 27 May 2013.
The show is made by BBC Birmingham Drama Village and builds on the successful period drama series Land Girls. It’s produced by the in-house team who create 220 episodes of Doctors per year, and the soon to be screened cop drama WPC 56, set in Birmingham in the 1950s.
Executive producer Will Trotter said: “Father Brown is a successful co-production between BBC Worldwide and BBC Drama Production which has delivered compulsive viewing for BBC One Daytime. The series features popular stories set in the Cotswold’s country houses which look sensational on screen and it’s great to attract actors of the calibre of Mark Williams and Sorcha Cusack back for a second series.”
Kate Harwood, Head of Drama, England, said: “Will Trotter’s Birmingham team created a little bit of sunlit magic during a wet English summer and we’re delighted that the show had such a warm response and a swift recommission. How wonderful that the brilliant Mark Williams will get to ride his bicycle into action yet again.”
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