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Mark Williams: 'Father Brown's like Columbo!'

Mark Williams: 'Father Brown's like Columbo!'
Mark Williams: 'Father Brown's like Columbo!' (Image credit: BBC/Des Willie)

Fast Show favourite Mark Williams stars as priest turned crimefighter in new daytime murder mystery series, Father Brown. Here he talks tasty scones and harrowing heights! Tell us a bit about your new character, Father Brown? "Father Brown's a real whodunnit hero. He's worried about saving people's souls and, as such, these crimes really trouble him. His faith is strong and very important to him." Father Brown has a very signature look, doesn't he? "Well, G.K. Chesterton, who wrote the books, described him as wearing a wide-brimmed hat, small round metal glasses and a cassock. There's not a lot of room to manoeuvre there, so that's what I wear." Does the costume really make you get into character? "What really makes me get into the character of Father Brown is when he's listening to people. That's when I really feel like I'm being him, when he's listening and watching. I find the scenes where he confronts the baddie quite fascinating. He's very similar to Columbo." Father Brown has a nemesis in the shape of Inspector Valentine, played by Hugo Speer... "Inspector Valentine doesn't like Father Brown treading on his toes and intruding on his territory. In one scene, Father Brown overtakes Valentine's car on his bicycle. I did all my own stunts!" What do you think viewers will like most about Father Brown? "It's a very British series. But it's interesting to see how 'quintessential Britishness' has changed over the past 40 years. We definitely do 'quintessential Britishness' very differently now!" Father Brown screens on BBC1 from Monday, January 14 to Friday, January 18