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 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.
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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 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.
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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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 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.
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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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The Truth in the Wine (#129H) Duration: 47:06 STEREO TVRE
A dead dog in a vat of wine precedes the shooting to death of an itinerant labourer and theft of wages from the safe in the study of Colonel Anthony Forbes-Leith owner of a failing winery. Father Brown discovers none of the suspects are whom they pretend to be.
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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.
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.
The Judgement of Man (#130H) Duration: 46:46 STEREO TVRE
An exhibition of valuable art at the Belvedere Museum includes a priceless artwork on loan from the Vatican. Father Brown spots his nemesis Hercule Flambeau not realizing he is a pawn in Flambeau's plan to steal the picture and wreak revenge on the museum's curator; a man who during the war had helped the Nazis loot paintings from Jewish families. Flambeau is shocked to find a woman, he thought dead, from his past seeking to avenge the death of her parents by killing the curator.
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The Blue Cross (#110H) Duration: 47:33 STEREO TVRE
International thief Flambeau forewarns Father Brown of his intention to steal the priceless relic, The Blue Cross, from St Mary's. To pre-empt the theft, Brown takes the cross in what becomes a battle of wits between the two men. The climax reveals a connection between the two men when Brown as a 17 year old soldier at Flanders fought in the Great War before taking Holy orders.
The Ghost in the Machine (#111H) Duration: 46:42 STEREO TVPG
Father Brown investigates the disappearance of a parishioner, Charlotte McKinley, who believed she was being haunted by her sister who had disappeared nine years previously. Husband Victor, a struck-off doctor, is arrested as being responsible for the murder of both women.