Father Brown: Series 12 production has started and news about the future!

Production has commenced in the Cotswolds on the next season of Father Brown.

Based on the stories by GK Chesterton, the BBC’s popular period crime drama aired a tenth season in the UK in January 2023, followed by an eleventh run earlier this year.

Starring Mark Williams, previously known for the Harry Potter films, Father Brown follows the titular cleric’s crime-solving adventures in the picturesque Cotswold village of Kembleford during the early 1950s.

Series 12 will pick up where Series 11 left off.

The village is abuzz after the exciting news at the end of Series 11. Their excitement is short-lived, however, when a surprise visit from Chief Inspector Sullivan’s father throws everything into turmoil. There is no shortage of drama for the other characters, as Mrs Devine finds herself accused of murder, and Father Brown is entrusted with a special mission from a Cardinal from the Vatican! 

Mark Williams told the BBC: “As we start the 12th season of Father Brown I feel like I’m starting to get to know him. He’s a mysterious sort of bloke, the sort of person who you can never predict other than knowing he won’t do what you expect. The best thing about playing the character is that I am never, ever bored by him.” 

Watch a behind-the-scenes preview of Season 11 here:

Who is coming back?

Popular cast members are confirmed to return, with Tom Chambers as Chief Inspector Sullivan, Claudie Blakley as Mrs Devine, Ruby-May Martinwood as Brenda, and John Burton as Sergeant Goodfellow.

Good news for the future

BBC Studios officially announced that the series has been recommissioned for a further two series! Unlike in previous years, when renewals were not confirmed until production had already started, the studio is now sharing more information, much to the relief of fans.   

When’s the release date?

Father Brown Series 12 will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer early next year.

All ten episodes of Series 11 are currently available to UK viewers on the BBC iPlayer. 

US viewers can watch Series 11 on Britbox or rent episodes on Amazon Prime.