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As one of the BBC's most popular and long-running current mysteries, there are plenty of us wondering when Season 9 will premiere. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works of many, many television shows – and Father Brown is no exception.
In this post, we'll take a look at what we know as of early 2021. As more information becomes available, we'll continue to update.
What's Happening in Series 9 of Father Brown?
To date, we've not seen any details about what's happening in Season 9 of Father Brown. Filming was postponed before it even started, so it's likely things just haven't progressed far enough for them to release those types of details. We'll be sure to update this as soon as we hear anything.
Who's in the Father Brown Cast for Season 9?
Mark Williams is slated to return for a ninth season in the titular role. Alongside Williams, we can expect to see his many of his fellow Kembleford residents returning, including The Honourable Penelope “Bunty” Windermere (Emer Kenny), Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam), and Sergeant Goodfellow (John Burton).
Season 9 guest stars have not yet been announced. We don't know how far they got in the casting process before the lockdown hit, and it's likely there would be some changes after such a long delay. We're eagerly awaiting more news on this front.
When Does Season 9 of Father Brown Air, & Where Can I Watch It?
In early 2020, a Season 9 casting call went out. Unfortunately, it was updated in March to reflect the postponement of filming due to the lockdown. Sadly, there has been remarkably little information about when this one will get back to filming. As many shows rushed to film in between lockdowns, production companies faced all manner of scheduling conflicts – so some shows have just had to wait.
Father Brown writer Tahsin Guner did reply to a Twitter post about the topic:
Alas, production has been delayed due to the pandemic, so it's unlikely that series 9 will begin airing until end of '21 / beginning of '22. But I'm sure it will be worth the wait!
— Tahsin Guner (@tahsinguner) December 28, 2020
So – it sounds like we'll be waiting until late 2021 or early 2022, assuming they're able to get back to the set this year. Given their older-than-average cast, we're just hoping everyone is safe and healthy. We'll welcome them back to our screen when they're able to get back to work.
Read Chesterson's Father Brown Stories
If you just can't bear to go this long without a bit of Father Brown and you've already watched the series more times than you can count, consider checking out the original Father Brown mysteries by GK Chesterson. There are 53 short stories in the series, many of them in the public domain. Like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Chesterson published some works before and after the current copyright cutoff. While most of the books you'll find have only those that are not copyright-protected, you can get a complete version of all 53 short stories HERE.
It's worth mentioning that the Father Brown stories were written over many years and set in a variety of locations, while the TV series is quite definitely set in the Cotswolds during the 1950s. Father Brown himself is also a bit different in the stories – not quite as lovable, but more appreciated by the local police. It's interesting to see the differences.
Will You Be Watching Season 9 of Father Brown When it Airs?
Is this one on your watch list? Have you stuck with it through all the different seasons? Or do you give it a pass in favour of darker mysteries? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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