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 Time Machine (#131H) Duration: 47:02 STEREO TVRE
Lady Felicia involves Father Brown with Jacob Francis, a young quantum physicist, who claims to have built a time machine so he can go back in time to prove his father was murdered in his locked laboratory by one of his family. When Francis proves his machine works he is murdered in the same laboratory; leaving Father Brown's only option to use the machine and see who killed the father and son.
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The Maddest of All (#112H) Duration: 46:20 STEREO TVPG
Ex-serviceman Felix Underwood, a mental patient at the Danvers Retreat, dies suddenly in the street. Events take an unusual turn when he returns to life two days later at his church committal. Father Brown assists Inspector Sullivan to discover the reason for the resurrection, and gets himself committed.
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.
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 Paradise of Thieves (#133H) Duration: 45:50 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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