Father Brown Season 9 Release Date & Where to Watch

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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?

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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:

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 Chesterton's Father Brown Stories

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An earlier season of Father Brown

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 Chesterton. There are 53 short stories in the series, many of them in the public domain. Like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Chesterton 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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Father Brown Season 9: Updates



  1. So excited, have just been to Blockley where father Brown is filmed and was lucky enough to see not only the church which doubles as St Mary’s, but the film crew as well as a glimpse of father Brown too, through the church door!!

  2. I´m from Madeira Island and I and all my friends love Father Brown, i have all 8 seasons. Midsummer Murders and Death in Paradise are special too. But father brown is number one.

  3. With all the darkness and violence in our world, FATHER BROWN is such a blessed relief! A series like Father Brown helps me to keep my world in balance…and of course, Mark Williams plays the role perfectly. One thing I would be quite interested in, is the recipe of Mrs McCarthy’s ‘award winning strawberry scones’…. (but probably she won’t give that away!) Oh, and I did not know there was a Father Brown fanclub!!

  4. Father Brown is my favorite series and the only reason I have Britbox! It’s the one show I go to when I need to relax and clear my mind and soul! Being a lifelong Catholic, I love seeing my Faith a part of my entertainment. My all time favorite episode is The Star of Jacob but I must say the series 8 finale was amazing! Even my busy, picky daughter will watch it with me because she loves the British acting! I can’t wait for series 9…I hope Jude Tindall wrote a few episodes!

  5. This series has literally gotten me through the “pandemic”
    Here in the US where things have gone to hell in a handbag – I can relax watching Father Brown and Midsummer murders!
    Thank you for such great programming and a great escape from the craziness that is now America

  6. I came online tonight to just search “Father Brown – Series 9?” — and am so delighted to learn I am not the only one who has discovered the joy of this Series, and who has been “binge-ing” on it ever since first discovery! As many of the above commentators, this series provides a beautiful contrast to the darkening world of present-day events, the nightly News of hearbreaking sorrow. The Cotswolds are so beautiful, and the plots of Fr. Brown and friends are both complex and innocent, by contrast to the horror and violence of too much of today’s TV. Of course we understand the Show is not continuing through the Pandemic — but I join the many who are waiting, and will be happy to wait as long as we have to, for its return — and who trust the cast will stay well, while we all wait. Again, thank you for producing this beautiful TV Series.
    -Maureen Doherty McGowan, NY

  7. When I have too much things going on in my head, oh how I love to watch Father Brown, with always that clear and simple plot, storyline… like a greek tragedy, but then in comedy detective style. yesss I’m looking forward to series 9.

  8. Yes I am impatiently waiting for Season 9. I found Dather Brown in the summer and have watched all seasons many, many times. When I want a feel-good show, I turn on Father Brown.

  9. One of the best ‘cosy” mystery series I know – I do love Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy, Sergeant Goodfellow and even the grumbling Mallory. Waiting for Series 9 is hard, but I trust, worth the wait!

  10. I love Father Brown. I’ve watch all 8 seasons 3 times and gladly pay for Britbox to get to. I’ve also watched the classic Father Brown. I’m presently reading the 53 short stories of Father Brown. Mark Williams us wonderful as Father Brown. Can’t wait for season 9 to become available

  11. My wife & I love this series. Mark Williams does an amazing job showing concern for the individual’s soul/relationship with the Lord. Speaking as a Christian, I find that beautiful; so refreshing & touching vs the norms of today’s ways of solving problems. Hats off to both the writers and Mark. There is hope in a better tomorrow. Our favorite show.

  12. I have watched Father Brown (every season) so many times that I have lost count.

    I guess I’m one of those people you mentioned. I absolutely love Father Brown. The finale of S8 was so amazing.

    As an American – I am more than willing to pay for Brit Box as I do – completely for Father Brown.

    Can’t wait for Season 9!!!

  13. I’m waiting impatiently for Father Brown to return…..along with Midsomer Murders.
    Death in Paradise was fun, but only 8 episodes 🙁

  14. Love Father Brown mysteries! Unfortunately, I binge these and your other cozy mysteries. So I get through them quickly and craving more. Please keep them coming!

    • We positively love Father Brown! It is witty, intriguing and never gets too dark. There is enough horror in the world without being subjected to it while relaxing.
      We have helped add many American fans to Father Brown fan club.

  15. I have loved Father Brown for years. I have rewatched all the seasons several times over with my family! We are eagerly waiting season 9!! As well as many more after!

  16. Since Netflix stopped showing it and Britbox doesn’t stream well at my house, I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch. Wish it would come back to Netflix.

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