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Sleuthing par­ish leader Fa­ther Brown is on the job.

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Fa­ther Brown Sea­son 5 Fri­days (from 16 June) BBC First (*119) 20:00

Move over, Sher­lock Holmes – part­time de­tec­tive, full-time man of the cloth Fa­ther Brown (Mark Wil­liams) is sniff­ing around mys­tery cases in sea­son 5 of Bri­tish cop show Fa­ther Brown (2013- cur­rent). Not much has changed in the fic­tional English vil­lage of Kem­ble­ford, but Mark says that “the new se­ries has a life of it­self. And they are al­ways great fun to make. When you go on set, it’s a case of ‘what have we got to­day?’” It turns out Fa­ther Brown and the ac­tual po­lice have a string of mur­der mys­ter­ies to solve.

SANTA’S LIT­TLE KIDNAPPER

Episode 1 is slightly longer (run­ning an hour-and-a-half). It’s the Christ­mas spe­cial and in keep­ing with the spirit of the sea­son [it aired in De­cem­ber 2016 in the UK], no one is mur­dered. But Fa­ther Brown has to help cre­ate a Christ­mas mir­a­cle and find a baby that was kid­napped at Lady Feli­cia’s (Nancy Car­roll) Yule­tide Ball.

MOV­ING OUT & MOV­ING IN

There’s a long wait – un­til episode 11 (25 Au­gust) – to find out what hap­pened to Lady Feli­cia’s con­man driver Sid Carter. Ac­tor Alex Price dropped out af­ter be­ing cast as Draco Mal­foy in the West End stage play Harry Pot­ter And The Cursed Child. The door is open for Sid to re­turn and the same goes for so­cialite Lady Feli­cia. She’s only in the first two episodes be­fore shut­tling off with her hus­band [who’s never seen] – he’s been ap­pointed as Gov­er­nor Of Rhode­sia. In real life, ac­tress Nancy was also do­ing the­atre work. So who’s adding drama to Kem­ble­ford with those two char­ac­ters miss­ing? Lady Feli­cia’s trou­ble­maker niece Bunty (Emer Kenny) ar­rives in episode 2 (23 June) and she’s go­ing to be a hand­ful from the start – she’s a mur­der sus­pect when the maid is mur­dered. And in episode 14 (15 Septem­ber), Char­lotte Bai­ley (Al­le­gra Mar­land) goes miss­ing af­ter strange UFO­like lights are spot­ted. Ex­cept she’s not quite her­self when she re­turns…

Fa­ther Brown will be split­ting his time be­tween serving his church and solv­ing crimes.

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