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.
SPECIAL: Saving Souls, Solving Crimes
Monday, March 2, 9:30PM on WKNO
Tuesday, March 3, 9:30PM on WKNO2
The behind-the-scenes special was shot on location in the Cotswolds in the summer of 2014 and features both clips from the season and interviews with the production principals: Mark Williams (Father Brown), Sorcha Cusack (Mrs. McCarthy), Nancy Carrol (Lady Felicia), Alex Price (Sid Carter), and Tom Chambers (Inspector Sullivan). Also included are interviews with series co-creators and writers Rachel Flowerday and Tahsin Guner plus writer Jude Tindall.
The Wrong Shape (March 16)
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 fruns rom 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 (March 23)
Lady Felicia is horrified to find an injured man in his late 30s stuck in a tree on her estate, wearing nothing but his underwear. Meanwhile at Kembleford station, Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy greet their German visitor Father Franc as Sid, rag and bone man Christy and local outcast Annie also depart the train. Father Brown sees the man being rescued from the tree, which is under a viaduct, and surmises that he was pushed from a train carriage. Inspector Valentine investigates and Sid implicates Annie who was seen leaving first class. However Christy contradicts this, giving Annie an alibi which puts Sid himself in the frame. When Sid is caught intimidating Christy, Father Brown is forced to face the facts - could Sid be guilty this time?