BBC One’s hit daytime drama series Father Brown is set to return this December, for its sixth series, and opens with a Christmas Special before the series continues in January. Returning alongside Father Brown 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.
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.
Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama, is excited about the mix of challenges Brown faces: “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.
“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,” claims Trotter. We look forward to seeing how Williams, Cusack et al get on.