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 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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The Hangman's Demise (#138H) Duration: 59:04 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.
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.
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The Crackpot of the Empire (#139H) Duration: 59:11 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.
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.
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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.
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 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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