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 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 Daughter of Autolycus (#140H) Duration: 44:55 STEREO TVPG
Father Brown knows the Pope's coronation gift to the Queen of a priceless cross is too tempting to Flambeau and Brown convinces the Bishop to let him guard it. Flambeau arrives on Brown's doorstep seeking his help to steal the cross in order to save the life of his daughter whom he has never met, and who has been kidnapped by Flambeau's criminal partner he once left for dead. Before they can steal the cross it goes missing from the Bishop's Palace. Brown has underestimated Papal politics, Flambeau's daughter, and the consciences of men.
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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.
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The Time Machine (#131H) Duration: 46:50 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.
The Missing Man (#142H) Duration: 43:40 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.
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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 Resurrectionists (#143H) Duration: 45:12 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.
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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 Sins of the Father (#144H) Duration: 44:36 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.
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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 Wrath of Baron Samedi (#145H) Duration: 43:59 STEREO TVPG
Baron Samdi is the voodoo spirit of the dead that Emmanuel Jannite invokes when he follows his love, Yveline Lafond, to Kembleford. Lafond is working as lead singer in a Haitian jazz band. The band leader, also in love with Lafond, is found dead in a swimming pool, poisoned, and Jannite dies following a police chase. Inspector Mallory believes the case closed but Father Brown's snooping uncovers the real killer. As he confronts him, Brown collapses as the killer tells him that he has already poisoned him that morning.
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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 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 Mask of the Demon (#136H) Duration: 44:56 STEREO TVPG
Lady Felicia knows the Hollywood star Rex Bishop who is in Kembleford filming a "B" movie The Brides of the Demon. He invites Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy, a fan of Bishop, to view the filming. Tensions are evident between the film's participants, the director, his actress wife, a starlet, Rex Bishop, and the writer. The director is found dead wearing a demon's mask and Inspector Mallory does not appreciate Father Brown's help. First appearance of Jack Deam as Inspector Mallory.
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 Brewer's Daughter (#137H) Duration: 59:23 STEREO TVPG
Sid falls for Grace Fitzgerald, the married heiress to a brewery, and is her alibi when Mallory arrests her for murdering her father in a fire. Fitzgerald, refusing to use Sid as an alibi, asks Father Brown to search for the real killer and he uncovers evidence that Fitzgerald's husband and her younger sister killed the father. The suicide and a note left by another lover of Fitzgerald complicates the issue as he had been sacked by her husband when he caught them kissing.
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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