Series one, which aired in January, gained an average audience of 2.1 million and a 23.5 per cent share.
Executive producer Will Trotter said:
“Father Brown is a successful co-production between BBC Worldwide and BBC Drama Production which has delivered compulsive viewing for BBC One Daytime. The series features popular stories set in the Cotswold’s country houses which look sensational on screen and it’s great to attract actors of the calibre of Mark Williams and Sorcha Cusack back for a second series.”
Kate Harwood, Head of Drama, England, said:
“Will Trotter’s Birmingham team created a little bit of sunlit magic during a wet English summer and we’re delighted that the show had such a warm response and a swift recommission. How wonderful that the brilliant Mark Williams will get to ride his bicycle into action yet again.”
In a bid to further alienate purists, in the new series Father Brown will be equipped with a sonic screwdriver and helped out by a ditzy talking dog.
By the way, in passing the press release mentions the ‘soon-to-be screened cop drama WPC 56, set in Birmingham in the 1950s’.