How to watch Father Brown season 11 online: stream the period detective drama FREE from anywhere now

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How to watch Father Brown season 11 online

Father Brown returned to BBC One on January 5. There are 10 episodes in total, with one episode broadcast per week, or, binge the season boxset on BBC iPlayer now. Currently away from the UK? Use a VPN to watch Father Brown season 11 from anywhere.

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Premiered: Friday, January 5 at 1.45pm GMT
TV channel: BBC One
FREE stream: iPlayer (UK)
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The saintly sleuth is back, and just as well because the Cotswolds clearly has a shockingly high homicide rate. The reigning champion of UK daytime drama, Father Brown returns with 10 brand-new episodes, as Mark Williams dons the cassock once more to play the priest with a knack for solving mysterious murders. Read on for our guide below, which explains how to watch Father Brown season 11 online from anywhere and FREE with BBC iPlayer.

Also returning for this 1950s-set detective drama is Tom Chambers as Chief Inspector Edgar Sullivan and Claudie Blakley as the irrepressible Mrs. Isabel Devine, Father Brown’s parish assistant. Expect sparks between her and the Inspector as their romantic relationship heats up.

Ruby-May Martinwood will frequent St Mary’s Church again too as Brenda Palmer. Viewers will learn more about the church housekeeper's past as a World War II evacuee when former host Dr McClurgy sends her a cryptic communique from out of nowhere.

And there’s a slate of guest stars, including Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who) and Lorna Watson as Sister Boniface. The latter will reunite with her dear old friend Father Brown. But things take a calamitous turn when a parishioner drops dead after sampling the nun’s wine at the fair. Will Father Brown uncover the real criminal before it’s too late?

A hit at home and abroad, viewers can expect heaps of perplexing new murder mysteries set in the bucolic Cotswolds. Catch every new episode using our guide below, which explains how to watch Father Brown season 11 online now and from anywhere.

How to watch Father Brown season 11 online for FREE

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How to watch Father Brown season 11 online for FREE

Friday, January 5

The hit daytime drama Father Brown returned on Friday, January 5. As before, this season comprises 10 episodes in total, with a new mystery to solve at the same time each week.

For those who want to watch Father Brown season 11 online, all episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer on-demand right now. It’s a FREE service, though you should be in possession of a valid UK TV licence, as these now cover digital content consumption, too.

Away from the UK right now? Just use a VPN to alter your IP address so you can stream your favorite TV shows and films online just like you would at home.

How to watch Father Brown season 11 online from anywhere

If you’re away from home, you’ll be unable to watch new episodes of Father Brown live or on-demand due to annoying regional restrictions. Luckily, there’s an easy solution.

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How to watch Father Brown season 11 online in the US

Brand-new installments of Father Brown will land on BritBox but the US is a little bit behind the UK release. The first two episodes of Father Brown season 11 were added to every Anglophile’s favorite streaming platform on Tuesday, January 23, with new episodes uploaded weekly. A monthly subscription will cost $8.99 a month, or $89.99 a year.

Out of the UK? That doesn’t mean you can’t still connect to BBC iPlayer. When you purchase a VPN, you can watch the same streaming services you pay for back home, no matter where you are.


How to watch Father Brown season 11 online in Canada

As with in the US, Father Brown season 11 started dropping on BritBox on Tuesday, January 23, with new episodes made available on a weekly basis. In the Great White North, you can bag a subscription to BritBox for CA$9.00 a month, or CA$99.99 per year if you’re looking to save some cash.

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Can I watch Father Brown season 11 online in Australia?


While no release date has been announced yet for Father Brown season 11, Australian fans of the UK detective series should expect a wait of a few months before new episodes arrive on BritBox. Season 10 was added to the platform around mid-March, roughly two months after its UK debut.

Down Under you can purchase a subscription to BritBox for AU$8.99 per month. If you want to save some money over the year, then the annual option is AU$89.99.

Travelling overseas? Just because you’re out of the country doesn’t mean you can’t watch your favorite shows. Just download a VPN to stream from the same OTT platforms you would at home.

Father Brown season 11 cast:

  • Mark Williams as Father Brown
  • Tom Chambers as Chief Inspector Edgar Sullivan
  • John Burton as Sergeant Daniel Goodfellow
  • John Light as Hercule Flambeau
  • Ruby-May Martinwood as Brenda Palmer
  • Sylvester McCoy as Doctor McClurgy
  • Lorna Watson as Sister Boniface
  • Ingrid Oliver as TBC

Father Brown season 11 BBC One episode schedule:

  • Father Brown season 11 episode 1, The Kembleston Olimpicks – Friday, Jan. 5
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 2, The Forensic Nun – Friday, Jan. 12
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 3, The Hermit of Hazelnut Cottage – Friday, Jan. 19
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 4, The Last Supper – Friday, Jan. 26
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 5, The Father, The Son – Friday, Feb. 2
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 6, The Quill of Osric – Friday, Feb.9
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 7, The Word of the Condemned – Friday, Feb. 16
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 8, The Last Tango in Kembleford – Friday, Feb. 23
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 9, The Dead of Night – Friday, Mar. 1
  • Father Brown season 11 episode 10, The Scars of War – Friday, Mar. 8

Season 11 episode synopses:

S11 Episode 1The Kembleston Olimpicks: “Father Brown investigates when rivalries escalate to murderous heights at the Kembleston Olimpicks.”

S11 Episode 2The Forensic Nun: “Father Brown investigates when his old friend Sister Boniface is implicated in the murder of a renowned artist.”

S11 Episode 3The Hermit of Hazelnut Cottage: “Brenda faces ghosts from her past and becomes embroiled in a local dispute which ends in murder.”

S11 Episode 4The Last Supper: “Father Brown has a lot on his plate when a food fayre comes to Kembleford, bringing murder with it.”

S11 Episode 5The Father, The Son: “Flambeau is stunned to find his estranged father at St Mary’s, who has a dangerous mission in mind.”

S11 Episode 6The Quill of Osric: “Father Brown must discover the culprit when a novelist is attacked at a crime writing festival.”

S11 Episode 7The Word of the Condemned: “Lady Felicia asks Father Brown to help prove a convicted serial killer didn’t kill her beloved goddaughter.”

S11 Episode 8The Last Tango in Kembleford: “Father Brown investigates when the competitive atmosphere at a local dance school leads to a dance with death.”

S11 Episode 9The Dead of Night: “Father Brown is determined to unmask a mortal being when a supposed vampire strikes in the village.”

S11 Episode 10The Scars of War: “Sullivan asks for Father Brown’s help when Mrs Devine’s son Eddie is framed for murder.”

Q & A with actor Mark Williams (Father Brown)

Q: We’re at the 11th series of Father Brown. What is the continuing appeal for you of working on this great series?

A: The chief attraction for me is that I never get bored. I've never been bored on this job - which is an incredibly unusual thing for an actor to say. Father Brown is constantly interested in everything that goes on around him. I find that easy to generate because so am I.

Q: Tell us more…

A: He's looking at the world all the time and there's always something to see. He is fascinated by the arrangement of life itself and the way people deal with each other and the things they don't say. That is what Miss Marple said: it's the unimportant things that are important. It’s very much the same for him. He has that Miss Marple thing of being the quiet observer. Increasingly, not so quiet sometimes actually! We've moved away from Chesterton’s Father Brown, and that's probably my fault. He is a lot more proactive now. And he seems to be picking a lot of locks lately, which we may have to address!

Q: What highlights should we be looking out for in the new series of Father Brown?

A: We have got some very good plots this year. In one episode, Sister Boniface gets arrested, but it's not her fault, funnily enough. To be continued… We also have a really nice episode about Brenda, which we're filming at the moment. It's about what happened to her when she was an evacuee. A letter has been written and thereby hangs a tale. We have to deal with a double murder – one historical and one contemporary, so it's a really strong plot. We have got a crime writing festival, too, which is great. It's lots of shenanigans about crime and people's enjoyment of it, and then suddenly it becomes very real for people.

Q: Why do the clergy lend themselves so well to crime solving?

A: Because they're outside society. They're not like policemen. They're not dealing with politics or other people. They have a spiritual realm, so they have somewhere else to come from when they view the world. And also they have a faith, which gives them an interior strength. They are right in the middle of the community as well, but not really of the community, particularly Catholic priests who are celibate. Father Brown is driven by something beyond merely solving the crime. For him, it's not an intellectual puzzle in the Sherlock Holmes tradition. The reward is not to solve the puzzle; the reward is somebody's soul. When the peace of the world is riven by bad things, he wants to put them right. He wants there to be peace.

Q: Father Brown is shown in many different territories all around the world. Why has it struck such a universal chord?

A: I think it's good storytelling. That's what it's about. It's also familiar in the sense that the same things happen in each episode. But then the same things happen in every single Haydn symphony. It doesn't make them any less individual, to use a probably over-wrought musical analogy - but there you go, I did it! So there's that. And also there is the whole appeal of the whodunit, to which there is always a resolution. There's an ending. It's solved. So you can put it away afterwards and say, “Right, that's good. We solved that. We learnt about the human condition”.

Q: What is the most unusual place you have been recognised?

A: A little girl in a sweet shop in Cartagena ran up and wrapped her arms around my legs and went, “Father Brown!” It happens quite regularly. You can be in all sorts of places.

Q & A with actor Tom Chambers (Chief Inspector Sullivan)

Q: How is Chief Inspector Sullivan’s relationship with Mrs Devine evolving in this series?

A: There’s a woman's touch and then there's the divine touch! Mrs Devine has that. It’s a lovely relationship developing between them. It’s just a very natural connection between them. It was immediate. He’s always carried a torch for her. From the very beginning, they had an instant chemistry.

Q: Has Mrs Devine’s arrival brought Sullivan an added dimension?

A: Definitely. The lovely thing about Mrs Devine coming in is that it's given Sullivan a completely new, fresh layer. I've always felt that once you're a policeman, you always have to be a policeman. It's harder to play other dynamics because you are serving society and that's basically how you have to be seen. So where the other people in the cast could be a bit more flexible with their behaviour, I was always associated with being a policeman. If a policeman turns up on your doorstep, even if he is undercover, he's got an air about him of being a policeman or a detective. So the great thing for Sullivan and for the audience is now there's this extra depth to him. We can see two sides to him. It’s great for me playing Sullivan because now there's another part of him to explore.

Q: Are the other regular characters aware of Sullivan and Mrs Devine's "secret relationship"?

A: Yes! The funny thing is, Mrs Devine and Sullivan think they're doing a good job of hiding from the others the fact that they are now an item and very much in love. But it's very obvious to the others that they are together!

Q: Why do you think Father Brown has been such a hit all over the world?

First and foremost, because it’s about kindness. Even though there’s a murder every week, the Father Brown series has a depth of kindness to it. It's just got this unique flavour to it, where the writing and the relationships and the period all work really well. It's like reading a wonderful Jane Austen novel, where there's a real depth and honesty and truth to it. The world it portrays is something that we can all aspire to or relate to. So overall, there's an incredible warmth within the stories.

Q: Which episodes should we watch out for in the new season?

There is one episode that features ballroom dancing. There's a dance school that Mrs Devine and Brenda attend. They get a phone call to say that some talent spotters from a big TV show are coming. And obviously there's a murder – who would have thought it? But Sullivan is not impressed by dancing at all because when he was growing up, his dad made him go to lots of policemen's balls, and he was made to dance with his mum which he didn't like at all. So he has no interest in getting involved or going to watch Mrs Devine dance. Then something happens, and he has to come to the rescue. He has to step in, and step in he does.

A: What other delights do we have to look forward to in this series?

In this lovely world of Father Brown, we’ve got the Kembleford Olympics. This includes things like a spinach-eating contest, toe-wrestling and shin-bashing. It's unlike any other Olympics you've ever witnessed! I may have to get a stunt double for the feet. Alternatively, it may be the first time I've ever had a pedicure. They've offered me one, but I still haven't accepted!

Q & A with actor Claudie Blakley (Mrs Devine)

Q: Are you enjoying playing the burgeoning romance between Mrs Devine and Chief Inspector Sullivan in this season?

A: Yes, I'm really loving it. It's great. The fact that Sullivan decided to stay was a nice surprise for Mrs Devine. She is hoping that something will develop there. It’s lovely for her to have that hope because I think she's ready for a new adventure romantically, I really do. I think it's been tough for her, nursing her husband after he was injured. It’s been hard. Why shouldn't she have another little chance and other little go at it? It’s good to meet somebody at her time of life.

Q: How would you describe Mrs Devine?

A: She’s just such a fun, sunny, optimistic character who I believe brings out the best in people. She’s really refreshing. What works so well in her relationship with Father Brown is that she comes things from another angle. She can spot things from a different perspective. She’s good that connecting with people because of all her amateur dramatics. She's a people person. She's social, and she's gossipy and so she hears things. That makes for a good dynamic with Father Brown. I think they work well as a team. It’s also great fun driving around the Cotswolds like a madwoman!

Q: Do you relish driving around in the vintage car?

A: Yes. In my first week on Father Brown, I got behind the wheel. I got to really put my foot down. The camera was attached to the car and I had to nearly run someone over. I had to hit him with the door and he flew off. And I just thought, “Oh my God, this is going to be the best job ever!”

Q: Why is Mrs Devine so good at helping Father Brown with his sleuthing?

A: Because she's got an innate curiosity about people. She has already proved that she can be a really good asset to him. Father Brown has always been on her radar, and she just thinks he's amazing. So she just wanted a chance to be a little part of it. I don't think she realised how it would go in terms of the status that she now has with him. But yes, she's good at it because she is very intuitive and practical.

Q: How has it been working with Mark?

A: It’s wonderful! He's intensely likeable. He’s just got that likeable thing that you can't put your finger on. He’s got great warmth and that marvellous face. He's got that friendly look, those twinkly eyes, that lovely smile. It's something that the camera really picks up. It all comes through, and that connects to the audience. His physicality is lovely, too. When he is thinking, you go, “Oh, what's he thinking? What's going on?” And I adore his mannerisms. He is like a little bird. I just love what he does. It’s like he paid me to say this, isn't it?!

Q: What do you like most about portraying Mrs Devine?

A: There is nothing really not to like about playing this character. I really, really love it. Mrs Devine just brings up my mood. It’s a joy. I can't wait to get to work every day!

Q & A with actor Ruby-May Martinwood (Brenda Palmer)

Q: Where do we find Brenda at the beginning of this series?

A: She has got a little bit less feisty. She is not quite as angry with everyone. She doesn’t put a wall up and feel the need to defend herself all the time. She feels a lot safer. She is starting to let people in. Father Brown has softened her a lot. She feels safe and comfortable with him. Brenda is also quite important now, especially helping with solving all the mysteries and all the murders. She’s become a crucial part of that, so her self-esteem has gone up quite a bit because she knows she has a status now. She has got an interest in what she's going to do in the future, she has started to find her feet. She is even developing an interest in boys!

Q: Does Brenda really feel at home living with Father Brown now?

A: Yes. He is almost like a father figure to Brenda. It’s the same with Mrs Devine. They started off with a little bit of friction, but they definitely softened towards each other. It will be interesting to see how their dynamic progresses because they are a little family. Brenda looks after the house, while she is under the wing of Father Brown. And then goes out on little adventures with Mrs Devine. So it’s really cool.

Q: What is Brenda’s reaction to the developing relationship between Mrs Devine and Chief Inspector Sullivan?

A: Brenda has never liked authority or the police. So Chief Inspector Sullivan is not her favourite person. But she can see that he makes Mrs Devine very happy. Still, Brenda has got her eye on him to make sure he stays in line!

Q: Do you think the Cotswolds are another character in Father Brown?

A: Definitely. The Cotswolds are gorgeous. The fact that the scenery is so aesthetically beautiful is one of the things that everyone loves so much about Father Brown. And we only film what is there. We don’t use any effects. We are very lucky to have it on our doorstep. The old English countryside is so lovely.

Q: As it enters its 11th season, why do you think Father Brown is more popular than ever?

A: It’s family friendly, so everyone can watch it together. It's warm. It's funny. It's also got depth to it, but there’s nothing remotely terrifying or scary about it. So it's something which you can watch for comfort.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.