Father Brown will investigate a miscarriage of justice this Christmas

Mark Williams is returning as Father Brown for a sixth series of the BBC1 daytime hit, kicking off with a Christmas special.

GK Chesterton’s Roman Catholic amateur sleuth faces a cold case in the festive special, which sees a skeleton from a seven year old murder being found buried in the woods, casting doubts on the conviction of the confessed killer – a local gentle giant.

Father Brown and friends set about solving the cold case murder while at the same time starring in the annual Christmas pantomime – Cinderella.

Last year Father Brown also enjoyed a Christmas special which saw him under pressure to lay on the perfect Nativity procession.

The sleuthing priest (Mark Williams) returns for a special Christmas episode

Father Brown in last year’s Christmas special

This year’s festive special will be followed in January by its sixth series. Returning alongside Father Brown are his faithful parish secretary Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), wayward socialite Bunty Windermere (Emer Kenny) and long suffering Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam).

Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama, Birmingham Drama Village said: “This series really puts Father Brown to the test, battling old foes, using wit and guile to right some serious wrongs and all while tending to his parishioners in the quaint village of Kembleford.

“This summer was spent filming in our favourite locations across the Midlands from Redditch to Warwick and showcasing the beautiful period Cotswolds villages.

“Father Brown is the most watched drama on BBC1 Daytime, averaging over 2.5 million viewers and is a world-wide success with a global audience in over 150 countries.

“Series six is a real treat for the fans, and they won’t be disappointed.”