Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. It is a quintessentially English world: drawing rooms in large country houses, miles of countryside, village halls and secret gardens, as well as country fairs, railway stations and rural parish churches.
Each episode sees the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.
Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgment – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.
Full of humor and compassion, but with a big dramatic twist each time, this series remains true to the period charm of the original character and setting while bringing a sharp contemporary edge to the storytelling.
The Mysteries of the Rosary (January 5)
Professor Ambrose is abducted after sending his friend Father Brown an ancient prayer book whichsupposedly can locate the long disappeared Lannington rosary, said to hold healing powers.
The Daughters of Jerusalem (January 12)
The father is laid up with a broken leg, strait-laced young Father Roland standing in for him. When unpopular
village gossip Mrs Bunyon is killed after a row at a cake baking contest Mrs McCarthy and Lady Felicia
gather evidence for Father Brown to unmask the murderer - who has also killed MRs Bunyon’s baking rival
The Three Tools of Death (January 19)
Alice Armstrong is receiving electric shock treatment for memory loss after her accidental shooting her
mother. Six weeks after her mother’s death her father Sir Aaron is also found dead from a blow to the head,
his hands tied.
The Prize of Colonel Gerard (January 26)
Ex-colonel Gerard is poisoned after arguing with his nephew Edward. Edward is a former POW from Korea
and the colonel claims he has been brain-washed but Edward sticks to his story that Gerard killed his father
in order to marry his widow Ada. None of the household - including Ada’s brother Rupert and his adopted
daughter Jia-Li - seem upset at the colonel’s death and each had a motive for murder. Then Father Brown is
poisoned - hopefully he can recover in time to unmask the killer.