December 2019

Hi Guys

Well, better late than never I guess, my apologies this wasnt up on the site sooner.

Another year has flown by and with it another series of Father Brown, if youre reading this, then you may have already seen series 8 in its entirety and I really hope you enjoyed the 10 brand new episodes we made for you.

I get so many emails, letters and tweets from all over the world with such kind comments about Sgt Goodfellow, it never ceases to amaze me. From the USA to the Philippines, Germany to Brazil, Hawaii to Japan and the UK to Italy (plus many, many more) they just keep flooding in. Ive said this on so many occasions, its really humbling for me that you like the character and the way hes portrayed. Hes a joy to play and long may it continue.

We started filming a little later in 2019, the summer was a bit hit and miss with the weather it threw at us – unlike the previous year when we had glorious sunshine every day we were at work. This series we had jesters, Flambeau, artists, canal barges, fashion shows, courtroom scenes, fortune tellers and lots more something for everyone, as always it was great fun working with the other regulars on a daily basis and being blessed once again with some fabulous guest artists and the best crew and production team anyone could ask for.

There will be some changes this year (2020) as theres going to be a spin off series called The Sister Boniface Mysteries which will have a lot of the same crew as ours. Because well be filming at the same time, people cant be in two places at once, so I think well lose some key (and extremely valuable) members of our long established team as they look at pastures new and continue their great work on other projects. Its a shame but as they say – time stands still for no one, it will create a different dynamic this time around, which Im sure well all embrace.

We start filming series 9 in mid April with all 5 of the regular cast confirmed and signed up. If youre in the area or planning a visit, keep an eye out for trucks, camera vans or those famous pink signs, theyre usually a big giveaway that were around and possibly filming somewhere. Most locations are locked off so there is no public access, but you can always try the church in Blockley you never know who you may spot if we happen to be filming there that day.

Anyway, Ill sign off now. Thanks again for all your support and love. Its never taken for granted and is really appreciated.

Much love.

John xxx

December 2018

Hello Everyone

Well, it’s that time of year when I write a summary of whats been going on in 2018.

It has been a hard year from a personal perspective, with a couple of injuries which I’ve struggled to recover from, some family bereavement and major concerns about family members health and wellbeing, so it hasnt been great.

Away from all that, it was a great year doing Father Brown (more to follow) and a guest lead on BBC One playing Robert Hutton in Doctors. I also had a meeting for a major feature film starring Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell, which sadly I didnt get, it was a shame as Id have loved to have been part of that.

2018 was also the year of my 50th birthday and I was spoilt rotten with a long weekend in London doing loads of different things, and a major birthday surprise present – a trip to Bangkok and Phuket.

I’ve never travelled to the Far East before and it was just amazing, I found everything about the place fascinating, and along with the weather, the food was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. The only downside are the lengthy flights which you need to take to get you there – I don’t like being cooped up on a plane for lengthy periods so it was not ideal, however, the holiday more than made up for it and we had a fantastic time.

And so to this year’s Father Brown.

We were SO lucky with the glorious weather we had this year, being on the show is a joy anyway but to film in warm, bright sunshine (sometimes too hot actually) was wonderful. I hope this translates to the screen with all the natural sunshine and light on show – especially with the rambling episode.

Sgt Goodfellow has once again been given increased involvement with a couple of episodes where he is heavily featured. It is so good to see his journey evolving and it was the first year of doing the show, where I really felt involved and a fully paid up member of the cast – I thing the Sgt has earned his stripes now.

Everything about the show is wonderful, from the scripts to the guest actors and the crew to the production staff, everyone works so hard both in front of the camera and behind the scenes to make each episode as good as it can possibly be, we say it every year – but this could be the best series yet.

For fans of Sgt Goodfellow (and I know there are a lot of you), I think you’ll enjoy his involvement this year, he has plenty to do in 2 episodes (Friday 11th Jan and Monday 14th Jan), but has only one line in another 2 episodes as there’s no real involvement from a police perspective, he also has various scenes, popping in and out during the other 6 episodes, which were fun.

If you’d like to get a bit more information on the new series and you haven’t read the press release yet, you can read it here and learn a bit more about Sgt Goodfellow “being placed in grave danger”.

Finally I want to thank the hundreds of you who make contact with me by my website, or on Twitter and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kind things you say about me and my alter ego, the comments are always humbling to read and they make it even more of an honour for me to play such a great character.

May I also take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful 2019, I hope you really enjoy the new series.

Much love

John x

December 2017

Hi Guys

2017 is drawing to a close and I haven’t kept the website up to date as I should have and wanted to, so, I've decided that in 2018 I will only post an entry twice a year, in June and December.

This way, I can give you six months of what's happened rather than doing it month by month, when there may not be anything to share.

As you will know the second Father Brown Christmas special has just been shown on the TV (the first was shown last year and repeated after this years version) so if you’ve seen it you will have had a good laugh at Mallory and Goodfellow as the ugly sisters, it was a hoot to film and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

We filmed the whole new series over the summer in The Cotswolds and there are some real crackers for you to enjoy in 2018, 9 brand new episodes broadcast from January 2nd, 2018 with some touching moments, things that will make you laugh and some that will have you on the edge of your seat and if you missed this years Christmas special The Tree of Truth, you can catch it on iPlayer for a couple of weeks still.

In the last few months I was also fortunate to be offered a guest lead on Doctors again, playing a different character to the last one I played a couple of years ago, it is a very emotional episode that will be shown in March, so I hope you enjoy it, I've also just finished a little project about the Birmingham Suffragettes which was fun to do and really informative about how the movement started

As Christmas rapidly approaches I am really looking forward to a few weeks off where I can kick back and chill out, both here in the UK and abroad when I fly out for a well-earned holiday.

Thanks for reading the ad hoc entries this year and may I take this opportunity to wish all of you a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful 2018.

Much love

John xx