Rachel co-developed (with Tahsin Guner) the hit BBC1 series starring Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, Alex Price, Nancy Carroll, Tom Chambers and Hugo Speer. Together they broadly adapted GK Chesterton’s Father Brown stories, co-creating format, precinct and supporting characters. The show is now in its sixth series and 70th episode.
Read Rachel and Tahsin’s blog about the process on the BBC Writersroom website.
Read Rachel’s ‘The Making of Father Brown” blog here.
Go to the Past Offences ‘classic crime fiction’ blog for an interview with Rachel and Tahsin.
Find an interview with S1 producer Ceri Meyrick on the Script Consultant website.
Father Brown is now one of the most successful shows the BBC has ever syndicated. It has so far sold to 184 territories globally, with 90% carriage in America alone. The show transmits in weekend prime time in territories including Australia (where it was the top-rating Saturday night drama) and the US. Father Brown has recently been the subject of a PBS ‘making-of’ documentary.
Series 1 (10 episodes) transmitted in the UK from 14th January 2013, with an early evening repeat in June 2013.
The scripts for the two opening episodes are available for download from the BBC Writersroom website.
Ten further episodes were commissioned within days, and Series 2 went out on BBC1 from 6th January 2014.
Father Brown Series 3 (15 episodes) transmitted from 5th January 2015.
Series 4 (10 episodes) transmitted in the UK in January 2016, and Series 5 (15 episodes) began transmission with a Christmas Special on 23rd December 2016.
Series 6 transmitted from December 2017, including a Christmas Special.
Praise for Father Brown includes:
Sunday Times Pick of the Week
Telegraph Review Must See This Week
“A joyous alternative to endless tired Marples” (Observer)
“A feast of unpretentious but effective drama” (Radio Times)
“Nostalgia TV at its best” (Mark Lawson for The Guardian)
“Quality period drama with a subtle dash of mystery… With its Cotswold settings, witty scripts and undercurrents of religious philosophy, Father Brown is crying out for a Sunday evening berth” (Christopher Stevens, The Daily Mail)
Royal Television Society Midlands Best Drama Award, 2013, 2014 and 2016
Nominated: Best Daytime Programme, Broadcast Awards 2014 and 2015
Nominated: Best Daytime Programme, National Television Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016