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December 2014

Hi Guys

Well, here it is, the final entry of another year and this one brings a close to 2014.

I have had a lovely year, I have been really busy and can look back at some very fond memories.

My thanks to everyone I worked with in 2014, especially the cast, crew and production staff, who made me feel so welcome throughout the summer in the Cotswolds on Father Brown. You would be hard pushed to meet a nicer group of people, including the guest artists, who just made being part of this wonderful show – so special.

For those of you who asked, Father Brown starts transmitting on BBC1 at 2.15 PM on Monday 5th January 2015. It will run for 3 weeks, followed by a repeat run of series 1 and 2 (of which I am in 2 episodes of series 2)

You will know from previous entries that I don't have a big part and I don't have lots to do, however, I am featured in 14 of the 15 episodes (I am not in the episode airing on Thursday the 8th January), with some nice bits and bobs which I hope you enjoy. I make a brief appearance in 1 scene on Monday 12th January and a couple of minor scenes on Thursday 22nd January, apart from that, you'll see me popping up here and there throughout the other episodes. It was a blast to do and as I say, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did working on it.

The big day is nearly upon us, I have food shopping to do and 1 more present to buy, so this year, I'm really ahead of the game, which is rare for me. I don't have a lot of hair, but I need to get that trimmed, my back sorted out as it is in spasm and I need to buy some currency, then I'm all done, ready for Christmas and New Year in the Canary Islands – lovely.

I think this year we are going to keep the food side of Christmas pretty traditional, We will start with a salmon and crayfish cocktail, roast turkey, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted roots, sprouts, cauliflower cheese and gravy, followed by Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and rum cream, then of course (after a sleep), it is all the party food to cook and eat, along with copious amounts of booze.

Boxing day is off to the races as always, hopefully this year, I will bag myself a couple of winners, it would be nice to have a few quid in my back pocket for a change. The next day we fly out to the Canaries for a week in the sun (hopefully) and to celebrate the start of 2015. I have lost about half a stone in the last 2 months, but no doubt that will all go back on again with Christmas and the holiday!

Well, it is time to sign off now, may I take this opportunity to thank all of you who read this section of the website, have yourselves a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous New Year, I look forward to catching up with you in 2015, when I hope in the early part of the year to have total control of the website and you will be able to see all the new clips that have been edited and are awaiting upload, along with clips from series 3 of Father Brown.

Take special care and enjoy yourselves throughout the festive season.

John xxx