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 Man in the Tree”
(Monday, March 24, 9PM on WKNO/Tuesday, March 25, 9PM on WKNO2)
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
“The Eye of Apollo”
(Monday, March 31, 9PM on WKNO/Tuesday, April 1, 9PM on WKNO2)
Thunder rumbles as a truck arrives at a gothic manor in Kembleford. People get out and unpack stacks of bibles emblazoned ‘Church of Apollo’. Meanwhile Susie screams as howling wind knocks over a candle in her hut which sets some photographs of her late parents alight. In the morning Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy and some other villagers attend a welcome ceremony in the gardens of the manor.
Dominique introduces their founder Kalon who regales the crowd about the astral spirits. He pulls a vulnerable Susie from the crowd and later asks her to greet the sun with them in the morning. The next day, Father Brown and Sid are alarmed to discover that Susie has left to be with the group. And when Dominique is mysteriously killed soon after, Father Brown realizes that Susie may be in grave danger . . .