Father Brown fans have finally received an update on the show’s future.
Based on the stories by GK Chesterton, BBC One’s popular daytime crime series launched in 2013.
The period drama follows the titular clerical sleuth’s mystery-solving skills in the Cotswolds during the early 1950s.
Season 9 was originally supposed to air earlier this year.
However, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, filming has been unable to even start… until now!
The BBC has just confirmed that production is underway at last on the next season of Father Brown.
Ten 45-minute episodes are currently filming in Birmingham, England.
The new season includes a special instalment to mark the show’s 100th episode.
Mark Williams is back as GK Chesterton’s crime-solving Roman Catholic priest.
The Harry Potter actor commented: “We love telling our stories as much as the world loves watching them.”
Williams will 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).
Carla-Maria Lawson, the BBC’s Head of Daytime said: “Father Brown’s canny observations and remarkable powers of sleuthing continue to thrill not only BBC daytime viewers but audiences around the world, who find the themes in the series just as relevant today as they were in GK Chesterton’s time.”
She added: “We’re delighted to be bringing more of his adventures to screen soon.”
Don’t expect to see the new episodes of Father Brown for a while though!
Season 9 is set to premiere on BBC One in the UK in January 2022, then in the US at a later date on BritBox.
We’re yet to hear if the planned Father Brown spin-off series based on the character of Sister Boniface is still going ahead.
A ten-part first season of light-hearted murder mysteries set in 1960s England was announced by BritBox last year.
The show is set to star Lorna Watson (Watson & Oliver), reprising her role as the sleuthing nun from Father Brown.
However, production was postponed last summer and there has been no news on the project since April 2020.
Father Brown is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.