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 Face of Death (November 3)
Lady Margaret takes a drunken call from Daniel – ‘she’ll pay for what she did…’ The next day Father Brown finds Daniel lying outside the church – he needs to know why Lady Margaret accelerated towards his dad, running him over. At the Galloway charity treasure hunt, Lady Margaret gives her secret lover Captain Clifton and her husband Professor Galloway identical magpie masks to wear.
The Mayor and the Magician (November 10)
William Knight, the new Mayor of Kembleford throws a whisky glass at his wife Eleanor when she questions why a necklace was found under their bed. William later sacks his secretary and ex-lover Matilda before Eleanor and his daughter Kathleen get in the car to the Kembleford Annual Village Fete. During his speech William is interrupted by local councillor Edwin, who reveals that William has secretly purchased the land of the polish resettlement camp, which has been earmarked for a new coal-fired power station. Susie is furious. The sound then crackles as a flustered William shudders and collapses, dead. Father Brown soon realizes that William was electrocuted, but by who? Meanwhile Lady Felicia realizes that Frank, an Irish magician, is Mrs McCarthy’s long lost husband. But will she take him back?
The Blue Cross (November 17)
Saturday evening and Father Brown discovers a note on the mat – To catch a thief, look to the cross. He’s relieved to see the Blue Cross, an ancient holy relic, still in the church but he also finds a dropped handkerchief – with a monogrammed letter ‘F’... Inspector Valentine and Bishop Talbot are called to St Mary’s as this points to a certain criminal wanted across Europe for stealing priceless artifacts – Flambeau. He’s set them a challenge and the Bishop decides to move the cross to Newbury Priory today, chaperoned by the Inspector. But Father Brown, seeing an opportunity to save Flambeau’s soul, takes the initiative and catches
the train alone, travelling in a compartment with fop Justin De Vey greasy Mr Dawson and army chaplain
Captain Flynn. Any one of them could be Flambeau and Father Brown could be walking into a trap.
The Ghost in the Machine (November 24)
Charlotte McKinley asks Father Brown to exorcise her house, which she believes is haunted by the ghost of her sister Elspeth, who disappeared nine years earlier. The priest believes somebody is fabricating a ghost but then Charlotte disappears from a locked room. Inspector Valentine suspects Charlotte’s husband Victor, a former doctor struck off for irresponsible prescription and previously believed to have killed Elspeth. A skeleton is unearthed but it is not Elspeth’s and a coded message in a book leads Father Brown to discover the fates of both sisters.
Father Brown will not air Dec 1 or 8 due to special programming
The Maddest of All (December 15)
Wearing only a hospital gown Felix Underwood returns to the village and says ‘Murder’ before collapsing, apparently dead. At his funeral however the ‘corpse’ comes back to life but with a loss of memory. He was a patient at Danvers Retreat, a psychiatric hospital for service personnel, which Father Brown visits, along with new Inspector Sullivan, discovering a body hidden in a well.
The Pride of the Prydes (December 22)
Impoverished aristocrat Sir St John Pryde plans to sell estate land, which antagonizes his tenants led by leftwing Alan Archer. On the day Pryde castle is opened to the public tour guide Audrey Diggle is murdered after claiming that she has evidence to state that the Prydes are not the lawful heirs to the title though St John’s nephew Jago believes his uncle was the intended victim and St John’s daughter Bunty is secretly in love with Archer.
The Shadow of the Scaffold (December 29)
Violet Fernsley is due to hang for killing her violent husband Ivan but Father Brown believes in her innocence. The Fernsley family close ranks but the priest is puzzled by the fact that Polish farm-hand Piotr Symanski disappeared around the time of the murder and also seems to have been slain. Ivan’s brothers’ squabbling
over possession of his farm seems to incriminate one or both whilst Sullivan is suspicious of the fact that prison warder Charlie Denham is Violet’s lover. Father Brown naturally deduces that the real murderer is the least likely suspect.