- Written by Madeline Carey
- Category: Arts & Entertainment
- Published: 11 June 2018
Season Six of the BBC hit Father Brown premiers on WHRO Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
In the season opener, Father Brown finds himself juggling the annual Christmas pantomime while simultaneously attempting to uncover the village’s latest mystery. As season six unravels, viewers will see Father Brown through many a mystery from attempting to unmask the plot of a Soviet spy to solving the truth behind a lover’s quarrel turned gruesome.
For viewers unfamiliar with the series, Father Brown, played by Mark Williams, is a Sherlock-eque detective with motives more adept to those of the sisters of Call the Midwife. The series, set in the 1950’s, is among the BBC’s best period dramas. While Father Brown’s number one priority may be tending to his parish, he all too often finds himself amidst mysteries only he can solve.
Father Brown, based off a G.K. Chesterton character, is unlike other crime dramas. Chesterton, an English writer, journalist, and theologian featured the character of Father Brown in over 53 of his short stories. In an article on the series, The Guardian compared the pious detective to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective saying, “Sherlock Holmes might be sexier, but G.K. Chesterton’s atmospheric Father Brown stories are the best the genre has ever seen.”
While Father Brown has made headlines with its wide viewership, G.K. Chesterton too has been in the media as of recent. According to BBC News, Chesterton is under consideration to become a saint by both the Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, as well as Pope Francis. Chesterton is recognized as converting many readers to Christianity including CS Lewis, the author of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
The series, which began in 2013, is on its six season which premiered in the U.K. in January 2018 with an average audience of more than two million. Catch the ten-episode sixth season Saturday’s at 8 p.m. starting June 16.