The minute Sister Boniface appeared in Father Brown in season one, episode 6, I absolutely knew she would go on to have her own show.

Lorna Watson, who plays the supremely smart and quirky nun, absolutely lit up the screen – as did the equally funny Sister Reginald and Sister Peter.

So it was only a matter of time before we saw her take the lead, and take she did in 2022 when the first season was released on Britbox and, subsequently, UKTV Drama.

You may remember that she also made an appearance in Season 11 of Father Brown and it was at this point that she made the decision to move on to a new convent, St. Vincent’s, and it is here that her cozy crime show is set.

With two 10-episode seasons now in the bag, Sister Boniface is back with season three and eight more deadly crimes to solve.

Differences In The Shows

Similar in format to her predecessor’s show, Father Brown, Sister Boniface is a Catholic nun who lives in St Vincent’s convent.

As we all know, prior to taking holy orders, Boniface had already earned a PhD in forensic science, which she now uses to help DI Sam Gillespie (Max Brown), DS Felix Livingstone (Jerry Iwu), and Constable Peggy Button (Ami Metcalf) solve the various murders that frequently occur in the town of Great Slaughter.

The primary difference between the two shows however, is that Sister Boniface is a much relied upon forensic consultant and not seen as a meddling nuisance.

She is very much part of the team as well as being mostly supported by Reverend Mother Adrian in her crime-solving endeavours.

Otherwise each episode plays out as you would expect. A murder is committed, the police are stumped, Sister Boniface works her forensic magic, and ultimately, the killer is caught.

As each season airs, the characters evolve, as do their relationships with each other, and with some light-hearted humour thrown in for good measure, it’s a tried and tested formula that works.

Does It Get The Thumbs Up?

Created by Jude Tindall, Sister Boniface Mysteries is a delightful and entertaining series that combines elements of classic whodunits with a unique twist.

Lorna Watson shines as Sister Boniface, bringing a perfect blend of wit and warmth to the character. The chemistry between the cast members, especially between Sister Boniface and Detective Inspector Gillespie, adds plenty of depth.

The 1960s setting is beautifully recreated, with detailed costumes and sets that transport viewers back in time. The writing is sharp and engaging, with each episode offering a satisfying and clever mystery, making it enjoyable for everyone.

Overall, Sister Boniface Mysteries is a charming and refreshing addition to the world of TV mysteries, perfect for anyone who enjoys a good detective story with a touch of humour.

So yes, it absolutely gets the thumbs up, and I can’t wait to see what season three has in store for us. Let’s just hope they renew it for Season 4!

You can check it out on UKTV Drama, which, incidentally, is also where you’ll find the Robert Thorogood adaptation of The Marlow Murder Club.

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What’s With The Nuns Having Men’s Names?

This is one of the aspects of the show that I found most fascinating – all of the nuns take the names of male saints.

Personally, I’d never heard of Saint Boniface, so I turned to the net to do a little digging and discovered that he is actually the Patron Saint of Germany – who knew!

More interesting is that he was born around 675 AD in England and joined the Benedictine Order as a young man before being sent by Pope Gregory II to Germany to establish monasteries and convert the local people to Christianity.

By all accounts, naming nuns after male saints is a historical tradition in many convents. with the names carrying significant religious symbolism and meaning.

It’s not really a practice used today where it is more typical for nuns to take the names of female saints or names that reflect their devotion to particular aspects of their faith, such as virtues (e.g., Sister Mary Grace).

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