Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, this series follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community, the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford. 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. But the stories are not concerned with judgement - Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.
The Standing Stones (#132H) Duration: 46:53 STEREO TVRE
Father Brown and Mrs McGuire visit the cottage hospital in the village of Standing where many of the children have been struck down by an outbreak of Polio. The desperate villagers, seeking a cure, sacrifice an innocent girl in a pagan blood ceremony at ancient stones. Her best friend, whose child is in an iron lung, is arrested for murder. When the murdered girl was discovered to be pregnant another motive emerges; and Father Brown believes another innocent is to be sacrificed at the stones unless he intervenes.
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The Pride of the Prydes (#113H) Duration: 46:24 STEREO TVPG
The opening to the public of Pryde Castle, an estate mired in death duties, ends when guide Audrey Diggle, is struck and killed by an arrow. She was an expert on the Pryde's family history, including an old curse. Father Brown is convinced that the motive lies in the Pryde family's past, when a page from the parish birth records goes missing. All the family members are known to use a longbow.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 28, 2015 -- 12:00am Remind me
The Shadow of the Scaffold (#114H) Duration: 46:36 STEREO TVPG
Violet Fernsley, convicted of killing her pig farmer husband whose body has never been found, is given a temporary reprieve from the gallows when she claims she is pregnant. The pregnancy test gives Father Brown three days to find the real killer. When her husband's finger turns up in a pig's stomach, it points to a serial killer amongst the family.
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The Mysteries of the Rosary (#115H) Duration: 46:08 STEREO TVPG
The Lannington Rosary, missing for 500 years, is a relic blessed with healing powers. Professor Hilary Ambrose has sent an ancient prayer book containing a clue to its whereabouts to his old friend Father Brown, before he goes missing and his home is ransacked. Brown receives unexpected help from the untrustworthy Flambeau, returned from the dead. A terminally ill fellow priest, Father Ignatius also seeks the rosary.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 12, 2015 -- 12:00am Remind me
The Paradise of Thieves (#133H) Duration: 59:50 STEREO TVRE
Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy are at the local bank when armed raiders force the manager to open the locked safe using Father Brown as a witness. The robbers flee when the vault is opened and the manager's son-in-law is discovered dead inside. As the only key-holder Inspector Sullivan arrests the manager. Father Brown uncovers fraud at the bank, by the manager, financing a seedy nightclub owned by his son-in-law; but he needs Sid's help to break into the vault to discover how the murder was committed.
The Daughters of Jerusalem (#116H) Duration: 46:04 STEREO TVPG
Father Brown is laid up in his attic bedroom with a broken leg, and young Father Roland Eager is acting as his locum. His film of African orphans being shown at the Kembleford Women's Institute is switched for a pornographic film. In the following days, two members of the Institute are murdered, one poisoned and one stabbed with a hat pin. Inspector Sullivan arrests Dianah Fortescue, whose husband was earlier arrested in a Soho pornographic cinema. Brown investigates with the help of Mrs. McCarthy, Lady Felicia, Sid Carter, and a telescope.
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The Deadly Seal (#134H) Duration: 46:59 STEREO TVRE
When Father Brown hears in the confessional the penitent confess they are going to kill Bishop Talbot the next day during a shooting party the Bishop is attending. Unable to reveal what he has heard he goes to the shoot organized by a theatrical producer and in saving the Bishop another man is killed; and Father Brown discovers a deadly pact involving a child abuse victim and the murdered man's wife to kill another man providing unbreakable alibis.
The Three Tools of Death (#117H) Duration: 45:33 STEREO TVPG
Alice Armstrong has been treated by electroshock therapy for memory loss and depression, after she accidentally killed her mother. When her father is murdered and a rope, gun, and knife are left behind, Magnus the chauffeur is suspected together with Peter, Armstrong's secretary, whom Alice loves. The truth of a father in debt leads Father Brown to another conclusion about the deaths.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 26, 2015 -- 12:00am Remind me
The Owl of Minerva (#135H) Duration: 47:00 STEREO TVRE
A body of a journalist about to expose an off shoot of the Freemasons, The Owl of Minerva, is found dead in the woods and Inspector Sullivan's investigations find him on the run for killing a fellow detective. Seeking sanctuary in the confessional at St Mary's; Father Brown with the aid of Mrs McCarthy, Lady Felicia, and Sid rally round to prove his innocence from a deadly organization with members highly placed in the community.