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 Hammer of God (#101H) Duration: 51:54 STEREO TVRE
The brother of an Anglican vicar is killed with a blacksmith's hammer. The blacksmith's wife, who had been blackmailed by the victim, confesses; Father Brown must find a killer who believes it was God's work from the victim's many enemies before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows.
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The Grim Reaper (#119H) Duration: 46:17 STEREO TVPG
Obnoxious farmer John Tatton has an equally obnoxious son, Alfred, who covets the young wife, Oona, of Doctor Crawford. When Alfred is killed in a threshing machine, the doctor is suspected when accusatory poison pen letters appear. John Tatton believes his son was having an affair with the doctor's wife, who is pregnant.
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The Prize of Colonel Gerard (#118H) Duration: 46:55 STEREO TVPG
Edward Gerard, a prisoner of war who returns from North Korea sympathetic to his captors greatly displeases his martinet uncle, Colonel Cecil Gerard, who threatens to commit him to an asylum. When the Colonel is murdered, the suspects include the nephew, the Colonel's daughter (an adopted Chinese girl) the nephew was going to run away with, the brother-in-law, and the victim's wife. Father Brown finds the solution lies in the family history and the Colonel's sexual intentions to his adopted daughter.
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The Laws of Motion (#120H) Duration: 59:37 STEREO TVPG
Audrey MacMurray is a ruthless businesswoman and "cougar" with many enemies. While racing her car at a local hill climb track, she is killed when her brake line has been cut. Father Brown's investigation infuriates Inspector Sullivan, who already has his own suspect in custody, and the Inspector arrests Brown for a breach of the peace to put an end to his amateur sleuthing.
The Man in the Shadows (#121H) Duration: 47:11 STEREO TVPG
Sid stumbles across a dead man about to be put in a river and Inspector Sullivan covers up the death as an accident. Sid is arrested when he and Father Brown investigate and Lady Felecia is blackmailed by an MI5 spymaster looking for Soviet agent who has infiltrated an intelligence base in a stately home.
The Flying Stars (#102H) Duration: 50:44 STEREO TVRE
The Flying Stars is a valuable necklace belonging to the theatrical Adams family and when the mother drowns in the lake; initially thought an accident until the tensions within the family are exposed. An Italian coin arouse Father Brown's suspicions and and a pair of shoes that are too large put Lady Felicia's life in danger.
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The Curse of Amenhotep (#122H) Duration: 47:01 STEREO TVPG
The young wife of Sir Raleigh Beresford dies mysteriously after seeing the coffin of Amenhotep, an Eygyptian mummy Beresford had brought back from his excavations, some 26 years earlier, where his first wife was killed during a rock fall; a curse on the coffin is suspected until first his son is arrested and then his secretary confesses to murder.
The Wrong Shape (#103H) Duration: 47:45 STEREO TVRE
Ex-doctor Leonard Quinton is foretold of his death by his Indian manservant and asks Father Brown to look after his estranged wife after his death. Quinton is found hanged and murder is suspected by Brown and Inspector Valentine but the unmarked headstone of a three month old baby buried in the garden and his treatment of his wife for morning sickness with a new German drug provides the tragic answer.
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The Invisible Man (#123H) Duration: 46:01 STEREO TVPG
The circus returns to Kembleford and local waitress, Laura, is held to her promise given in jest the year before to marry the clown or the hypnotist. The clown is murdered; in his dying breath he names the hypnotist. Laura's boyfriend, the clown's girlfriend, and another clown are all suspected. Laura's willingness to marry the hypnotist puzzles Father Brown, even though he agrees to marry the couple.
The Man in the Tree (#104H) Duration: 47:37 STEREO TVRE
A man stripped and pushed from a train on a viaduct is found by Lady Felicia injured and stuck up a tree. Father Brown meets a visiting German priest, arousing hostility amongst the villagers with recent war memories. Father Brown sees to it that, not the law, but justice is done.
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The Sign of the Broken Sword (#124H) Duration: 47:11 STEREO TVPG
A Major is murdered on an army base by a legendary broken sword; during commemorations of the men killed during the evacuation of Dunkirk. The sword belonged to the regiment's Colonel who used the sword to charge an enemy position with his men. Father Brown has to uncover the secret of two murders; being kept to uphold the honour of the regiment. Loosely based on the 1911 story of the same title.
The Eye of Apollo (#105H) Duration: 50:50 STEREO TVRE
The Church of Apollo comes to Kembleford and Susie falls under the spell of their charismatic leader, Kalon. Jealousy among the followers leads to the murder, in a locked room, of Kalon's wife. Father Brown must solve the murder and break Kalon's spell over Susie before she leaves with him following baptism into his church.
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The Last Man (#125H) Duration: 47:01 STEREO TVPG
The arrest of the new cricket captain of Kembleford's cricket team for the murder of the team's fast bowler, and a suicide the year before in the cricket pavilion and a match against a rival village to determine the ownership of the cricket ground finds Father Brown consoling the victim's mother, solving a murder involving blackmail, playing cricket and watching Lady Felicia as the last man of the innings.
The Bride of Christ (#106H) Duration: 48:46 STEREO TVRE
Two nuns die of cyanide poisoning, the first in front of Father Brown and the second while Inspector Valentine is investigating the first death. Ill feeling between the nuns, and the bottles of cyanide held at the convent, lead to many a suspect. Sister Boniface, a fan of Agatha Christie, lends a helping hand to Father Brown.
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The Upcott Fraternity (#126H) Duration: 46:37 STEREO TVPG
Father Brown is visiting his old Rector at Upcott Seminary for trainee priests when a student commits suicide, Brown attempts to find the truth behind his death and a student a year earlier; both members of a secret fraternity that has closed ranks. Father Brown enlists Sid to go undercover as trainee priest despite Mrs McCarthy's misgivings.
The Devil's Dust (#107H) Duration: 48:57 STEREO TVRE
14 year old Ruth Bennett goes missing. Ostracized by the village because of a skin complaint the villagers believe is caused by radiation at her father's place of work. When her blood-stained pajamas are found, suspects include Ruth's family doctor she had a crush on, her mother who had hit her and a plumber with a similar skin complaint dying of cancer.
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The Kemblefored Boggart (#127H) Duration: 46:48 STEREO TVRE
The domineering father of a successful young writer, 22 year old Hannah, is murdered in a locked room and the only suspect is an itinerant traveller who comes to Kembleford every year in a caravan with his mother. Father Brown's suspicions are aroused when the murder has the hallmarks of a Boggart, an unwelcome infant from another world; created by Hannah in her book.
The Face of Death (#108H) Duration: 47:55 STEREO TVRE
Lady Margaret runs a man down and his son Daniel blames her for deliberately doing it. At a masked charity garden party a guest is murdered in an identical mask to Lady Margaret's husband. When Lady Margaret is murdered, Daniel is suspected but cannot be found.
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The Lair of the Libertines (#128H) Duration: 46:41 STEREO TVRE
Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy, and Felicia find themselves stranded at a hotel hired by Madame Chania and her guests, international playboys, seeking hedonistic pleasures. When a local prostitute is found murdered in the grounds and two of the guests are killed; Father Brown realizes they are all in the lair of a hunter intent on killing them all.
The Mayor and the Magician (#109H) Duration: 47:19 STEREO TVRE
At the annual village f?te the obnoxious mayor, William Knight, is electrocuted at the microphone. He is a man with many enemies, including his wife, who is arrested. Father Brown is shocked by what is said in the confessional, but it provides a clue to the killer. Mrs McCarthy's 'long dead' husband, Franc, turns up dressed as a magician.
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