Father Brown, the BBC1 daytime drama starring Harry Potter’s Mark Williams, will return for a second series.
Based on stories by the author GK Chesterton, Father Brown takes place in the 1950s and stars Williams as the titular crime-fighting Roman Catholic priest.
The show’s first series, which aired in January, regularly attracted audiences of over 2m viewers per episode, and production on the new series of Father Brown is due to begin in May.
Discussing the re-commission, 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, the BBC’s Head of Drama, England added: “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 re-commission. How wonderful that the brilliant Mark Williams will get to ride his bicycle into action yet again.”
Father Brown was first adapted for the small-screen in 1974 by ITV, with Kenneth More in the lead role.