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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 of Father Brown 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 late June 2021. We'll update again when new details are available.
What's Happening in Series 9 of Father Brown?
To date, relatively few details have been released about the upcoming season 9. We do know that there will be 10 episodes, including the show's 100th episode. Star Mark Williams said:
We love telling our stories as much as the world loves watching them. A modest, warm daytime drama that achieves one hundred episodes and global success. Who’d have thought it?
If we've being honest, WE would have thought it – because really, who can resist a well-crafted British village mystery? The scenery and lightness are particularly wonderful in these difficult times where many are dealing with pandemic stress, unemployment, and political upheaval.
The 100th episode will be called “The Red Death”, and it follows along as Lady Felicia and her husband Monty host a lavish masked ball counting down to 1954. Unfortunately, their plans are ruined when the Minster of Defence is murdered by a masked figure. The estate will be locked down with a killer in their midst.
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).
While they haven't released a lot of details about the upcoming season, we do know that guest stars for the 100th episode will include Richard Dillane, Alexander Hanson, Gemma Page, Caleb Frederick, Nicholas Audsley and Cam Spence (Ruth Moulton).
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
As of June 2021, Father Brown is now actively filming Series 9. It will air in early 2022 on BBC One in the UK.
Given that BritBox has been airing all the latest seasons in the US, it's likely they'll be the home for Season 9, too.
Read Chesterton'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 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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