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 Wrong Shape (September 29)
Umesh Varma, an Indian man in white robes, bursts into a study waking Leonard Quinton to tell him he’s going to die today... Lady Felicia conveys an invite to Father Brown to a poetry recital at the Quinton’s. Mrs. McCarthy joins them and on arrival mistakes Violet for Leonard’s wife. A contemptuous Mr. Harris is ashamed to say that she is Leonard’s mistress. Leonard asks a concerned Father Brown to look after his wife, should anything happen to him. After some bemusing poetry, Leonard’s haunted wife Martha runs from the room then suggests that Mr. Harris takes the guests out for a stroll in the garden while Leonard takes a nap. However as they return Lady Felicia screams - Leonard’s body is hanging in the conservatory.
The Man in the Tree (October 6)
Father Brown investigates the mysterious appearance of a naked man in a tree.
The Eye of Apollo (October 13)
A disappearance and a death occur shortly after the arrival of a mysterious group with bibles emblazoned “Church of Apollo.”
The Bride of Christ (October 20)
Father Brown investigates after a young nun preparing to take her final vows falls dead before she can reach the altar.
The Devil’s Dust (October 27)
Father Brown investigates the disappearance of a young girl who started getting mysterious disfiguring warts on her body.