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 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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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.
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 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.
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.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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