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 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 Rod of Asclepius (#141H) Duration: 44:40 STEREO TVPG
Lady Felicia's reckless driving lands her and Mrs McCarthy in adjoining hospital beds. A new admittance to the ward dies the following morning on the operating table. A nurse claims it is murder and is found dead the same afternoon, forcing Inspector Mallory to do more than his initial cursory investigation. Father Brown follows a different line of inquiry and Lady Felicia and Mrs. McCarthy's snooping put the latter in danger on the same operating table.
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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The Missing Man (#142H) Duration: 59:40 STEREO TVPG
A pilot returns from the dead after 8 years as Father Brown is about to marry his wife to his brother. No-one except his daughter is pleased to see him, especially his father who believes him to be a deserter. When the returnee is found shot in the head and blood-stained women's clothing is found, Inspector Mallory charges the wife, dismissing the daughter's claims that another woman entered the house. Father Brown finds a visiting card for a cross-dressing bar, realizes the identity of the real killer and that they cannot be exposed.
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.
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The Resurrectionists (#143H) Duration: 59:12 STEREO TVPG
Father Brown is puzzled when the grave of a recent burial is opened and the body is missing, only for it to turn up at the premises of a different undertaker. Inspector Mallory is even more mystified as the victim died of decapitation in a motor cycle accident with no sign of other injury. The undertaker is arrested and the animosity between him and the victim's mother is evident for all to see. Father Brown uncovers the reason behind their hatred and the forbidden love which the victim had for the undertaker's daughter.
The Sins of the Father (#144H) Duration: 59:36 STEREO TVPG
Robert Twyman, a leading aeronautics magnate, receives a note that his son, a piano player and contestant in a local variety show, would be killed if he does not confess. Next morning the son is found strangled by his piano in a locked house with only his father and butler present. Twyman is convinced a journalist piano-player rival of his son is the killer. Inspector Mallory arrests Twyman after Lady Felicia finds him standing over the dead body of the journalist by her piano. Father Brown notices that both pianists had been somehow playing the same music and the answer is to be found in a book given to him by Doctor Mordaunt Jackson, a psycho-analyst currently giving a lecture in Kembleford.