BBC Confirm Father Brown return

Father BrownIt was reported in January that the BBC One daytime drama Father Brown would be given a second series, the beeb today confirmed those earlier reports as fact.

The latest version of Father Brown, starring Mark Williams, based on the stories by GK Chesterton, proved popular in the January schedules as part of the revamped daytime line up and had seen the audience share rise up by 4% on the same period last year, when CBBC still aired in the late afternoon on BBC One.

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 ten editions, each 45-minute episodes, will start shooting in the Cotswolds for 14 weeks from Monday the 27th May 2013.

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.”

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.”

The original television adaption of Father Brown, starring Kenneth More, was produced by ATV for ITV airing for thirteen episodes in 1974. While ATV may be synonymous with Birmingham, unlike the recent BBC series, the 70s drama was made at the ATV Elstree Centre near London.

[Reported by Mike Watkins]