The eighth season of Father Brown concluded in the UK yesterday.
The period drama series follows the titular clerical sleuth’s mystery solving skills in the Cotswolds during the early 1950s.
Fans needn’t fret about the show’s future, however, as a ninth season has already been confirmed!
Another 10 new episodes will air on BBC One in 2021.
Dan McGolpin, Controller BBC Programming and iPlayer, commented upon the announcement last autumn: “Fans can now look forward to another 20 episodes of Father Brown over the next two years and the same again for Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.”
He added: “These comic crime series are much loved by viewers in the daytime on BBC One and by others at any time on BBC iPlayer. They are masterfully produced by the team at BBC Studios, with a hugely talented cast on each series.”
Harry Potter star Mark Williams will be back as the crime busting priest.
The supporting cast are also all expected to return, including Sorcha Cusack (White Heat) as Mrs McCarthy, alongside Emer Kenny (EastEnders) as Bunty Windermere, Jack Deam (DCI Banks) as Inspector Mallory and John Burton (Doctors) as Sergeant Goodfellow.
Season 8 will premiere in the US later this year.
The latest episodes saw Father Brown investigate the murder of an eccentric beekeeper, step in when Mrs McCarthy’s family reunion is threatened by a fortune-teller’s predictions, and race against time to save Bunty from the hangman’s noose when she is tried for murder.
Season 9 is expected to premiere on BBC One in the UK next January and in the US at a later date.
Father Brown is available on DVD on Amazon.