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BBC TV sleuth show Father Brown being filmed in Winchcombe

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: July 26, 2012

  • Kenneth More played Father Brown in the previous TV series

  • Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe

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TELEVISION crews are set to descend on a Cotswold landmark today for the filming of a hit BBC show.

Sudeley Castle will provide the backdrop for a new series of Father Brown.

The show, created by the author GK Chesterton, features a Catholic priest who gets involved in criminal investigations.

Outwardly bumbling and unworldly, the priest detective possesses a sharp intelligence and limitless knowledge of man's evil.

Featuring Harry Potter and The Fast Show star Mark Williams, the filming begins today and is set to continue at the Winchcombe castle until August 2.

The series will then be aired on BBC One in early 2013.

Some areas of the castle and grounds will be affected and visitors work around the film crews.

Today, filming will be taking place in the Knot Garden.

On Tuesday, the crews will move on to the tithe barn and St Mary's Chapel in the grounds of Sudeley.

And on August 1, they will be filming on the steps to St Mary's Chapel, in the East Garden, Queen's Garden and terrace.

Marianne Sweet, spokesman for Sudeley Castle, said: "We are very excited to be able to announce that the BBC will be filming for their new series of Father Brown, starring Harry Potter and The Fast Show star Mark Williams, here at Sudeley Castle."

Sudeley's current owner, Lady Ashcombe, allowed television cameras into the family estate back in 2007 for an hour-long BBC documentary about their lives.

And in 2006 the landmark was the venue for the county's first Ideal Home Show.

Father Brown is no stranger to the Cotswolds.

And in June, crews transformed Blockley vicarage into a presbytery to double as the home of author GK Chesterton's Roman Catholic priest and amateur sleuth.

But the arrival of the cameras left some residents seeing red.

Parish council chairman Margaret Bryan said filming had split villagers' views with people complaining about the High Street being partially blocked.

The Father Brown crew is also filming in other locations around the county including Upper Slaughter and the GWR station at Winchcombe.

It came just weeks after prankster Dom Joly ruffled feathers in Bourton-on-the- Water.

Village leaders there said they might start asking film companies to make a donation towards community coffers after the comedian ruffled feathers.

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