The new season of Father Brown will conclude with a celebratory special.
Based on the stories by GK Chesterton, the popular daytime crime series launched in 2013.
BBC One’s period drama follows the titular clerical sleuth’s mystery-solving skills in the Cotswolds during the early 1950s.
Ten brand new 45-minute episodes are shooting in Birmingham, England right now.
Mark Williams (Harry Potter) is returning as the titular crime-solving Roman Catholic priest.
He’ll be joined by returning cast members Sorcha Cusack (Mrs McCarthy), Jack Deam (Inspector Mallory) and John Burton (Sergeant Goodfellow) are Alex Price (Sid Carter), Nancy Carroll (Lady Felicia), Emer Kenny (Bunty Windermere), and John Light (Hercule Flambeau).
Very impressively, the new season will culminate with the 100th episode of Father Brown!
To celebrate this achievement, Season 9’s finale will be a very special instalment.
‘The Red Death’ will be set on New Year’s Eve.
The official synopsis reads: “The 100th episode will see Lady Felicia and her husband Monty host a lavish masked ball counting down to 1954.
“However, their plans are ruined when the Minster of Defence, Sir Charles Hakeworth is murdered by a masked figure. With the estate locked down and a killer in the midst Father Brown and the gang must find the real perpetrator.”
The 100th episode will feature guest appearances from Richard Dillane (Sir Charles Hakeworth), Alexander Hanson (Lord ‘Monty’ Montague), Gemma Page (Lady Agnes Hakeworth), Caleb Frederick (Dr Elliot Muthomi), Nicholas Audsley (Robert Earl of Finchmore), and Cam Spence (Ruth Moulton).
Mark Williams commented: “We love telling our stories as much as the world loves watching them. A modest, warm daytime drama that achieves one hundred episodes and global success. Who’d have thought it?”
Executive producer Will Trotter added: “It’s an incredible achievement to get to 100 episodes. The much loved show goes from strength to strength.”
Season 9 will premiere in the UK on BBC One in early 2022, then in the US on BritBox at a later date.
If all goes to plan, it’ll be followed by a new Father Brown spin-off series, The Sister Boniface Mysteries.
The show is based on the character of Sister Boniface, played by Lorna Watson (Watson & Oliver).
Set in 1960s England, the light-hearted murder mystery drama was announced by BritBox over a year ago, but (inevitably) filming was cancelled due to Covid.
Father Brown is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.