THE first episode of the new series of Father Brown which was filmed in the Cotswolds has been shown on BBC1.

Father Brown, played by Mark Williams, had to solve his first case of the ten-part series in the 50-minute episode aired today at 2.10pm.

Today's episode saw Father Brown hunt the killer of a man hit over the head with a hammer.

The crime-solving Catholic priest is a fictional character created by English novelist G K Chesterton.

Filming caused quite a stir last summer when the BBC film crew descended on Blockley, near Chipping Campden.

Former Blockely vicar Reverend Grahame Humphries’ vicarage was transformed into a 1950’s presbytery, which features in the new series along with the church.

The crew were seen in various other locations in the area, including Lower Slaughter and Dumbleton.

Scenes were also been filmed at the GWR station in Winchcombe, the old police station in Moreton and the Knot Garden, Tithe Barn and St Mary's Church at Sudeley Castle.