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 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.
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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.
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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 Brewer's Daughter (#137H) Duration: 44:23 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.
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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 Hangman's Demise (#138H) Duration: 45:04 STEREO TVPG
A former hangman, Henry Lee, is confronted at his wedding anniversary by a mother about her son whom he executed a year before for the murder of a court secretary - an execution where the condemned man whispered to Lee the identity of the real killer. The following morning Lee is poisoned with hemlock. His friend George, an ex-policeman, is arrested and released. The mother, recently released from prison, is arrested and a motive for Lee's wife emerges. Father Brown untangles a web of deceit and corruption in the police as Lee lays dying.
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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 Crackpot of the Empire (#139H) Duration: 44:11 STEREO TVPG
Father Brown is apprehensive when he receives an invitation to a party given by the recently-released Uncle Mirth, a former music hall comedian whom Brown helped put in an asylum. When Brown and the other invitees arrive at the venue, a derelict warehouse, he and Mirth's brother find envelopes containing their death certificates. Inspector Mallory finds another death certificate for a second brother who had died of a heart attack outside the presbytery the previous day.
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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 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: 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.