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Exclusive: 'Harry Potter' Mark Williams cast in BBC drama 'Father Brown'

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Mark Williams has been cast in a new BBC One crime drama.

The Fast Show and Harry Potter actor will lead the cast of Father Brown, which will begin a ten-part run next year.

The series is based on the short stories by GK Chesterton, following a priest who accidentally finds himself as a crime detective.

Father Brown is set in the parish of St Mary's Catholic Church in Kembleford in the Cotswolds.

Each episode will see Father Brown investigate different crimes in the area, which all seem to fall into his lap. However serious the crime, he believes that there is always a scope for forgiveness and redemption.

Father Brown will be assisted in each episode by Parish Secretary Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) and the extravagant Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll). They are also joined by reformed criminal Sid Carter (Alex Price) and the priest's housekeeper Susie Jasinski (Kasia Koleczek).

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The Full Monty's Hugo Speer also joins the cast as Inspector Valentine, the head of the local police force.

BBC's Daytime Controller Liam Keelan said of the new series: "We're excited by the opportunity to bring a great literary character to life and to introduce a new original high quality drama to viewers on BBC Daytime."

Executive producer Will Trotter added: "This wonderful series gives us a great opportunity to build on BBC Birmingham's drama expertise in creating popular returning period drama series, featuring lavish locations, classy artistes and telling compelling stories."

Father Brown has begun filming in the Cotswolds, and will start airing on BBC One in early 2013.

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