On the surface, the cozy mystery series Father Brown, which is based on the G.K. Chesterton novels in which a Roman Catholic priest solves crimes in a quaint English village, seems an unlikely candidate to spawn an interconnected world of spin-offs. Yet, that's precisely what happened with the arrival of Sister Boniface Mysteries last year.
Set in rural Warwickshire in the 1960s, Lorna Watson plays Sister Boniface, a character who only appeared very briefly in the first season of the long-running Mark Williams drama. But her quirky nature and expert skill at forensic science made her stand out immediately. A moped rider, vinter, part-time forensic scientist (and, yes, Bride of Christ), Sister Boniface uses her intellect, her love of detective fiction, and her fully stocked crime lab at St. Vincent's Convent to aid the Great Slaughter Constabulary in their investigations, analyzing everything from blood stains and fiber to poisons, and stains.
The series' first season aired on streaming service BritBox in early 2022, and now its second is set to arrive this spring. Once again, it will consist of ten episodes and will follow the sleuthing nun as she uses the latest techniques for tracking down killers.
The Season 2 synopsis reads:
Sister Boniface is back in the habit, returning as the Great Slaughter Constabulary's crime-solving secret weapon. Countryside criminals should start saying their Hail Marys, as Boniface's faith in forensics is only rivaled by her passion for investigation. This season, the sister will force a murderer into checkmate at a chess tournament, take a spin through a pirate radio station, and defend her reputation as the conviction of her greatest adversary," The Pear Tree Poisoner," comes into question.
"We are absolutely thrilled to see Sister Boniface return for a second series," producer Will Trotter said when news of the series' renewal was announced. "Jude Tindall and the team of writers have created unforgettable characters full of wit and mischief. Lorna's performance is as forensic as her character — the sharp intelligence, charm, and warmth she brings to the role is an irresistible combination. The entire cast and crew have been a joy to work with, and I think that shines through in this big-hearted and hugely original show."
Sister Boniface Mysteries Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, April 4. Season 1 is currently streaming on BritBox