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 Laws of Motion (September 1)
Audrey McMurray, a rally driver and property owner, may appear to be a philanthropist but her ruthless treatment of her tenants has caused Harriet Welsby’s husband to kill himself whilst she openly cheats on her husband Walter with young mechanic Gary Bakewell. Audrey is killed in a hill climb after somebody tampers with her car’s brakes and Harriet is arrested after threatening her.
The Laws of Motion (September 1)
Audrey McMurray, a rally driver and property owner, may appear to be a philanthropist but her ruthless treatment of her tenants has caused Harriet Welsby’s husband to kill himself whilst she openly cheats on her husband Walter with young mechanic Gary Bakewell. Audrey is killed in a hill climb after somebody tampers with her car’s brakes and Harriet is arrested after threatening her. Then Gary confesses but Father Brown is convinced that Walter and his wife’s secretary Phyllis, who are lovers, are the culprits though he has difficulty in persuading Sullivan to let him.
The Hammer of God (September 8)
Father Brown attends a tea party to celebrate a new church clock tower, presided over by his friend Reverend Bohun. However the serene atmosphere is shattered when his caddish brother Norman arrives, riling most of the guests. Just after the bells sound for the first time Norman’s body is found
behind the church, the back of his head hit by a hammer found lying nearby. The local blacksmith Simeon is immediately suspected but his wife Elizabeth, guilty about having relations with Norman, confesses to the crime and is arrested by Inspector Valentine. Reverend Bohun implores Father Brown
to find out the truth.
Father Brown will not air on September 15 due to the presentation of the Ken Burns documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
The Flying Stars (September 22)
Colonel Adams learns that his wife Anne-Marie has been drinking again and tells her that he wants a divorce. Meanwhile Lady Felicia discovers that Ruby Adams plans to get engaged to her American tutor John Van Ert but Anne Marie slurs that she won’t give permission, sacking John in the process. Father Brown arrives with Mrs. McCarthy and is told that the play is cancelled – Anne-Marie is ‘unwell’. Yet outside she floats on the surface of the lake, her impressive diamond necklace The Flying Stars sparkling around her neck, eyes staring open…dead.
The Wrong Shape (September 29- not airing on WKNO2)
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.