Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown follows this kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. His 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. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. Each episode sees the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psycholog y. Full of humour and compassion, but with a big dramatic twist each time, this series remains true to the period charm of the original character and setting while bringing a sharp contemporary edge to the storytelling.
Episode 1 – The Hammer of God
When an ungodly man is murdered at the unveiling of a new church clock, Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows.
Episode 2 – The Flying Stars
Father Brown becomes embroiled with a theatrical family when he discovers that what had been thought of as a tragic drowning was actually murder.
Episode 3 – The Wrong Shape
Soon after his poetry recital, Leonard Quinton is found hanging in the conservatory. When Father Brown realises that he could not have committed suicide, the search begins for a murderer.
Episode 4 – The Man in the Tree
When Lady Felicia finds a stripped and injured man stuck up a tree, Sid is implicated as the perpetrator. Can Father Brown prove his innocence, or has Sid gone too far this time?
Episode 5 – The Eye of Apollo
When the Church of Apollo comes to Kembleford, Susie is drawn to their charismatic leader Kalon. After Kalon’s wife is murdered, Father Brown must break his spell over Susie or risk losing her forever.
Episode 6 - The Bride of Christ
When two nuns die in mysterious circumstances at St Agnes convent, Father Brown investigates with the aid of Sister Boniface, an eager young fan of detective novels.
Episode 7 - The Devil’s Dust
Father Brown joins the search when a girl who is believed to be radioactive goes missing overnight. But just who is responsible for her disappearance?
Episode 8 - The Face of Death
After a murder at the Kembleford charity treasure hunt, general suspicion falls upon a bereaved man who wants revenge. However, Father Brown is determined to prove the man’s innocence.
Episode 9 - The Mayor and the Magician
When the mayor drops dead during his speech at the village fete, Father Brown deduces that he was deliberately electrocuted. Meanwhile, Mrs McCarthy’s past comes back to haunt her.
Episode 10 - The Blue Cross
When his priceless Blue Cross is targeted by the infamous criminal Flambeau, Father Brown takes the initiative to try and save his soul. But is he walking into a trap?
Episode 1 - The Ghost in the Machine
Father Brown is sceptical when a parishioner believes she’s being haunted by her sister who went missing years ago. However when she herself vanishes, he must investigate both disappearances.
Episode 2 - Maddest of All
When an ex-serviceman drops dead in the street, Father Brown investigates the facility where he was a patient. Could something sinister lie beneath the surface at Danvers Retreat?
Episode 3 - The Pride of the Prydes
The grand opening of Pryde Castle ends in disaster when a guide is struck by an arrow. Contrary to Inspector Sullivan, Father Brown becomes convinced that the motive lies buried in the family’s past.
Episode 4 - The Shadow of the Scaffold
When convicted killer Violet is given a temporary reprieve from the gallows, she begs Father Brown to prove her innocence. With only three days in hand, can he find the real culprit before it’s too late?
Episode 5 - The Mysteries of the Rosary
The mysterious disappearance of an old friend sends Father Brown and Sid on a quest to find the mythical Lannington Rosary. However can an old adversary, back from the dead, be trusted to help?
Episode 6 - The Daughters of Jerusalem
Father Brown finds himself immobilised with a broken leg when a member of Kembleford’s Women’s Institute dies in mysterious circumstances. Can he crack the case armed only with a telescope and the gang to help?
Episode 7 - The Three Tools of Death
When a troubled young woman’s father is killed just weeks after her mother’s death, Father Brown must help her deal with her grief while solving the father’s inexplicable murder by one of three weapons.
Episode 8 - The Prize of Colonel Gerard
Father Brown is unconvinced when a recently returned prisoner of war is suspected of the killing of his tyrannical uncle. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to keep the priest from the truth...
Episode 9 - The Mayor and the Magician
When the mayor drops dead during his speech at the village fete, Father Brown deduces that he was deliberately electrocuted. Meanwhile, Mrs McCarthy’s past comes back to haunt her.
Episode 10 - The Grim Reaper
A gruesome death on a local farm is blamed on the Kembleford physician through a series of poison pen letters. Father Brown must figure out who sent them in order to save his friend from the gallows.
Episode 1 – The Man in the Shadows
Father Brown finds himself embroiled with MI5, which puts Lady Felicia in a compromising position. To protect secrets in her own past, will she betray her friend?
Episode 2 – The Cure of Amenhotep
After Sir Raleigh's new bride insists on seeing his Egyptian mummy, her dead body is found in a locked room. Father Brown investigates - has Amenhotep risen from the dead?
Episode 3 – The Invisible Man
The circus brings death to Kembleford when a clown is murdered. Father Brown must determine who the killer is and why a parishioner has agreed to marry the sinister wizard Welkin.
Episode 4 – The Sign of the Broken Sword
A murder at the local army barracks using a legendary broken sword leads Father Brown to investigate another death at Dunkirk some 13 years ago.
Episode 5 – The Last Man
When Kembleford's new cricket captain is framed for murder, Father Brown must prove his innocence to give his team any chance of beating neighbouring village Hambleston.
Episode 6 – The Upcott Fraternity
Father Brown witnesses the apparent suicide of a troubled student at Upcott Seminary. Convinced a murderer is at work, he persuades Sid to go undercover to flush out the killer.
Episode 7 – The Kembleford Boggart
When the father of a young writer is found dead, tension mounts against the travellers in Kembleford. Father Brown must uncover the truth before one of them is sent to the gallows.
Episode 8 – The Lair of the Libertines
Father Brown and his friends find themselves stranded with a group of hedonists. They soon become desperate to escape, for at Hotel Cuba, the dish of the day is death.
Episode 9 – The Truth in the Wine
When a body is discovered in a vineyard, Father Brown must search for the murderer amongst a group of suspects all seeking to reinvent themselves.
Episode 10 – The Judgement of Man
Father Brown becomes embroiled in an audacious art heist masterminded by his adversary Flambeau, who intends to use the priest and his friends to help him settle an old score.
Episode 11 – The Time Machine
Father Brown visits Jacob, who is determined to prove that a member of his family killed his father a year ago by using his new invention - a time machine.
Episode 12 – The Standing Stones
A death at the stone circle of a polio-stricken village leads Father Brown to conclude that dark forces are at work and that another sacrifice may be imminent.
Episode 13 – The Paradise of Thieves
When a dead man is found inside a locked bank vault, Father Brown must solve the mystery to save an innocent man from paying the ultimate price.
Episode 14 – The Deadly Seal
Father Brown finds himself in an impossible situation when he is told, under the seal of confession, that Bishop Talbot will be assassinated tomorrow.
Episode 15 – The Owl of Minerva
A fugitive takes sanctuary in St Mary's and asks for help. Father Brown is stunned to realise that the man in the confessional is Inspector Sullivan... and he's wanted for murder.
Episode 1 - The Mask of the Demon
In black and white, dashing Henry meets Virginia in the hallway of Castle Hellion. Romantic chemistry builds between them, until Virginia asks for her line and it becomes clear we're on set of 'Demon Brides', a horror B-movie directed by odious Vivian Wolsey. He berates 'Virginia', actually his wife Bebe and tells the new and younger apple of his eye Paulette to demonstrate how a line can be delivered with more innocence. Meanwhile Mrs McCarthy is up in arms about such ungodliness being filmed in Kembleford until Lady Felicia introduces her to her old chum and film star Rex Bishop who Mrs McCarthy clearly has a crush on. At a set tour the following day they discover Vivian's dead body with a demon's death mask stuck on his head. Father Brown is left wondering who is responsible and why would a successful actor like Rex star in a film like this?
Episode 2 - The Brewer's Daughter
A dishevelled Sid wakes in his caravan to find a beautiful young woman Grace hurriedly getting dressed. She thanks him for a great night and mentions that her father owns the local brewery. As Grace returns there she's horrified to see her lifeless father being carried out by
firemen. When Sid later finds out that Grace is married she explains that she doesn't love her husband, her father arranged it so Harry would invest in the brewery. Sid is smitten once more. Yet when a petrol can is found and the head brewer Martin claims he saw her last night before the fire, Grace is arrested by Inspector Mallory for her own father's murder. Knowing Grace was with him but unable to say why, Sid asks for Father Brown's help to find the real culprit before time runs out for Grace.
Episode 3 - The Hangman's Demise
As Thomas Lightman is about to be hanged, he tells his executioner Henry that he didn't do it and whispers something in his ear. Henry deliberates then does his duty. A year later at Edie and Henry's silver wedding anniversary, Thomas' mother Iris tells Henry that Thomas
didn't kill his sweetheart Vera and she's heard it was someone called Max. Henry snaps and tells her to leave before progressing to get
drunk and staggering out without giving a speech. Meanwhile his best friend George asks Mrs McCarthy out for lunch and, rattled, she declines. But when she finds George in Henry's garden the next day to accept his invitation she sees Henry collapse after drinking the tea that George made him. When Father Brown arrives Mrs McCarthy tells him that Henry's cup was spiked with Hemlock and that he only has hours
left to live...
Episode 4 - The Crackpot of the Empire
Uncle Mirth emerges from St Mary's church in a tailcoat and bowler hat, clutching a ventriloquist's dummy. As police officers follow and restrain him, Father Brown apologises for his part in having him committed but Uncle Mirth calls him 'Judas'. Two years later an invitation to his welcome home party intimates that Father Brown is forgiven, as Uncle Mirth's brother Henry's visit confirms. However as a jolly Henry leaves he becomes breathless and drops down dead, clutching his chest. Saddened, Father Brown decides to go to the party to give Uncle Mirth the bad news, with Mrs McCarthy as moral support. Yet when Father Brown arrives at the location for the party, a derelict building, he finds a death certificate with his own name on. The party guests enter the building to find themselves trapped - and a film from Uncle Mirth tell them that everyone there is going to die...
Episode 5 - The Daughter of Autolycus
Marianne is kidnapped from her lodgings at Oxford University by Nero Hound, an enemy of her estranged father Flambeau. Meanwhile it's
reported that the Pope's Coronation gift to the Queen, the Pelagius Cross, will visit Gloucester en-route to Buckingham Palace accompanied by two papal envoys, Cardinal Bonipogio and Cardinal Papillon. When Bishop Reynard decides to put the cross on display, Father Brown one of the few who knows what Flambeau looks like, offers to keep watch at the reception. However Father Brown is surprised to find Flambeau at St Mary's with a photograph of his kidnapped daughter inscribed: the jewel for her life. Flambeau asks for Father Brown's help to steal the cross. Will the priest turn thief in order to aid his old adversary?
Episode 6 - The Rod of Asclepius
Mrs McCarthy comes to regret accepting a lift from Lady Felicia when her new sports car veers off the road into a tree. They find themselves
in adjoining beds at the local cottage hospital, stuck there for days while they await operations. Lady Felicia suggests a transfer to Harley Street but chief surgeon Sir Malcolm is sure she wouldn't want to give a mixed message about her support for the National Health Service. Meanwhile at the presbytery Father Brown and Sid's newfound freedom is at an end when the formidable Mrs Steele arrives, as locum parish secretary in Mrs McCarthy's absence. The next day a routine operation inexplicably goes wrong when Mrs Garrity dies on the operating table. Nurse Fletcher comes to the conclusion that it was actually murder, but before she can say any more she is murdered by a masked and gowned figure holding a scalpel...
Episode 7 - The Missing Man
Thirteen year old Milly can barely contain her upset as Father Brown weds her mother Meg to her father's brother Geoffrey. However she's
elated when the ceremony is interrupted by the return of her presumed dead RAF pilot father, Ned after eight years. His story of
working as a spy fools no one but Milly and his father Arthur seems to wish his son really had been killed in battle during the war. When he
overhears that Ned is about to explain why he really disappeared, Arthur cleans his gun with menacing intent. The next morning Meg
screams when she finds Ned on his bed with a gunshot wound to the temple, Arthur's gun in his hand. Inspector Mallory thinks it's suicide
but Father Brown points out there that are no powder burns on his hand, this was murder.
Episode 8 - The Resurrectionists
As Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy search for mushrooms they stumble upon a road accident where a motorcyclist, Alexander has
been decapitated. Father Brown's attempts to pray for the deceased are rebuked by Doctor Harris as undertakers hurriedly place the body
inside a hearse. When Alexander's mother Ruth says a few words at his funeral she's angered by the presence of her old enemy Peter and
shouts at him to leave. In the flat above Peter's undertakers Catherine chastises him for going, accusing him of deliberately provoking Ruth.
Later that night, Ruth's son Iain sees something out of the window, his face registering surprise then disbelief. Outside he frantically searches
then collides with someone we don't see. The next day Mrs McCarthy tells Father Brown he'd better see this. Alexander's grave has been dug
up - the coffin lies open and the body has vanished...
Episode 9 - The Sins of the Father
Robert Twyman tells psychoanalyst Mordaunt that he's received a letter urging confession of something he refuses to talk about. If he
doesn't confess, the letter claims his son will be murdered tonight. Later Robert collects his son Calvin from the variety show rehearsal,
where his opponent Rosie is keen to find out what piece he's playing on the piano. Calvin says it's a surprise. Father Brown watches
Mordaunt give a talk in the village hall, where he suggests to Lady Felicia that singing publically is her way of gaining the attention her
husband doesn't offer. Confronted with that notion, Lady Felicia finds she can no longer sing. Meanwhile another letter arrives at the
Twyman house, this time nothing but sheet music for Calvin. Later as he practices at the piano a shadow appears behind him and hands
tighten around his neck. Calvin slumps to the floor, strangled to death...
Episode 10 - The Wrath of Baron Samedi
Haiti, night. At a frenetic ceremony Voodoo Priest Emmanuel summons the spirit of the dead Baron Samdi, who takes possession of
a female vodouisant. Emmanuel wants Baron Samdi's blessing to do something worse than death to the Englishman that stole his
love...Sometime later a jazz band are stranded in Kembleford, comprising of Haitian singer Yveline, saxophonist Joseph, his son and
bassist Tommy and Caribbean drummer Lloyd. B&B owners turn them away but a passing Father Brown is only too happy to let them stay at the presbytery, much to Mrs McCarthy's chagrin. When Emmanuel finds them there to take back Yveline Joseph stands his ground and claims they're getting married. Later that night Father Brown wakes to the sound of breaking glass. Everyone converges in the kitchen, where they find a dead chicken on the floor, it's throat cut. Yveline is certain this is a warning...
Episode 1 – The Star of Jacob
Canon Fox (Roger May) pays a visit to inform Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) that the Duke of Frome, John Langton (Ray Coulthard) will be attending Christmas Mass at St Mary’s. This year the Bishop wants everything done by the book and Canon Fox will be there to make sure it all goes to plan... Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) is delighted to welcome her cousin the Duke, his wife Diana (Zannah Hodson) and baby David to stay at Montague. Later at the Yuletide ball Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) is informed that the infant is missing. With a ladder against the nursery window, the Inspector surmises that the baby has been kidnapped; all they can do now is wait. Can Father Brown find the child in time for Christmas?
Episode 2 – The Labyrinth of the Minotaur
An intruder enters Lady Felicia’s (Nancy Carroll) bedroom, snapping on the light to reveal her niece Bunty (Emer Kenny). She’s gone on the run after being photographed with a married man – can she stay with her favourite aunt? Felicia asks Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) to look after Bunty while she attends business in London. They visit Davina, Lady Malmort (Frances Barber) to see how wayward girl Ruby (Caitlin Drabble) is faring as the new maid. Davina’s son Bobby (Ed Cooper Clarke) is thrilled to see Bunty, insisting she stay for dinner. That night Bunty finds Ruby in her room trying on a stole, which Bunty gives to her. The next morning Bunty discovers Ruby’s crumpled body outside and when Bunty’s bloodstained stole is found, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) arrests her as the prime suspect…
Episode 3 – The Eve of St John
Lillith (Hara Yannas) walks through eerie Crows Wood with a feeling she’s being followed. She runs and trips, crashing to the ground. As she turns to face her attacker a stone bears down on her head... Months later at the Kembleford parish council meeting Anglican Reverend Allsworthy (Oliver Gilbert) and Methodist Minister, Reverend Gillespie (John Sessions) report that the clergy have been tasked to form a committee to report about the moral threat of a coven in the village. Father Brown (Mark Williams) points out that witches aren’t Satanists. However when the village drunk spies on an initiation ceremony in the coven, he’s terrified to see High Priest Eugene (Ken Bones) raise a sword to Dione’s (Estella Daniels) breast. When Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) finds blood there the next day it would appear that the witches are not quite as benevolent as they maintain…
Episode 4 – The Chedworth Cyclone
Father Brown (Mark Williams) drops into Chedworth Boxing Club and sees London gangster Dennis Nelson (Martin Kemp) set Jeb (Chris Gordon) up for a crack at the Southern Area Belt at Cheltenham Town Hall. As Dennis leaves, washed up fighter Roy (Nicholas Cass) begs him for a fight but all Dennis can offer is some door work. As the big fight approaches Roy angrily spars with Jeb and blood is drawn. Trainer Teddy (Bill Fellows) smells the whisky on Roy’s breath and tells him he’s finished at the club. At the Red Lion, Father Brown and Bunty (Emer Kenny) observe a bookie’s runner collecting bets – there’s plenty of money on Jeb to win. The next morning Father Brown and Teddy discover Roy’s body at the bottom of the stairs at the boxing club. When the police find blood upstairs a murder inquiry is opened… with Jeb as the prime suspect.
Episode 5 – The Hand of Lucia
As notorious author Lucia Morrell (Hetty Baynes) shouts at some removal men outside her new house, a vase is dropped on her head from high above… Bunty is shocked to hear about the attack – Lucia said in an interview she would reveal who Lulu, her sadistic former lover, was based upon in her next novel so perhaps someone was trying to protect their identity? Father Brown (Mark Williams) studies a list of 20 possible options and deduces that Lulu is most likely Lady Ursula. Meanwhile Lucia visits Lady Ursula (Carol Royle) and asks for money as she can’t get a publishing deal. Lucia threatens to tell her son James (Kris Olsen) about their sordid past but Lady Ursula threatens her – she knows what she’s capable of. Later when Father Brown and Bunty arrive at Lucia’s they learn that not only has she been murdered, but that her hand has been chopped off…
Episode 6 – The Eagle and the Daw
Father Brown (Mark Williams) visits a women’s prison to hear confession from Katharine (Kate O’Flynn) a woman waiting to be hanged for the murder of her husband. Under the seal of the confessional she tells him that she’s arranged the death of her former lover, Raymond (Benjamin Fisher). Was that terribly naughty of her? Father Brown visits Raymond only to be startled by a gunshot – revealed to be Raymond scaring away an eagle. Raymond is packing up to leave Kembleford and entrusts Father Brown with a revolver inside a wooden box. His feelings of shame about Katharine give him dark thoughts and he doesn’t trust himself with it. Father Brown crosses paths with Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam), on his way to investigate the gunshot, who observes the gun box. When the Inspector finds Raymond’s body with a bullet wound to the head, he only has one suspect in mind…
Episode 7 – The Smallest of Things
Father Brown (Mark Williams) arrives at a police event and runs into Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) who clashes with his former boss DCI Webb (Colin Mace). Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) is shocked to see dioramas of murder scenes – what sick mind comes up with something like this? Wilber Lesser (David Yelland) says his daughter Agnes (Mariah Gale) does, as a teaching tool in the art of crime detection, they’re remarkable. Later Agnes takes Father Brown to her workshop and shows him a diorama depicting the death of her mother, who fell down the stairs. When Agnes displays it for all to see, Wilbur loses his temper. As everyone files away DCI Webb, who was the original investigating officer, spots something in the diorama and takes it. Soon after he’s found dead, a carpenter’s awl stabbed into his chest. With blood found on his coat, the prime suspect is Inspector Mallory himself, who is arrested for murder…
Episode 8 – The Crimson Feather
Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) is delighted to have her daughter Joselyn (Eva Feiler) visit but Father Brown (Mark Williams) suspects there’s something untoward about her unscheduled appearance. Meanwhile at The Crimson Feather club, manager Maurice (William Travis) lends some money to one of his dancers, Verity (Letty Butler). She’s going to be a very busy girl paying it off… The next morning Mrs McCarthy finds that Joselyn has disappeared – only a note and long red feather remain. Bunty (Emer Kenny) examines the feather and says that one place springs to mind... Bunty infiltrates the club and is employed as a dancer, spotting Joselyn inside. Father Brown manages to persuade Maurice to let him have a word with her but in her dressing room they find Verity’s dead body. Janek (Peter Stark) a polish bouncer stands over her with bloodied hands, but is he really responsible for her death?
Episode 9 – The Lepidopterist’s Companion
As Father Brown (Mark Williams) approaches Kembleford’s mobile library, Ada (Holly Bodimeade) emerges to ask for help. Margaret (Elizabeth Berrington) lies under a pile of books, pinned beneath a metal shelving unit. Father Brown is relieved to find that she’s still alive. With Margaret now safe in bed, Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) insists that she help in the mobile library until Margaret’s better. Her husband Graham (Andrew Greenough) shows them out through his photography shop, bumping into his scruffy assistant Lewis (Thomas Pickles). Later Lewis tells Father Brown that he has a secret in the confessional, before running out. That night Graham and Margaret are woken by crashing below. Downstairs, Graham swings a cricket bat in the dark and it connects with a sickening thud. When he turns the lights on, Lewis lies at his feet, dead. Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) believes it’s reasonable self-defence but Father Brown suspects it’s not quite that simple…
Episode 10 – The Alchemist’s Secret
Professor Ambrose (James Laurenson) goes to see his old friend Father Brown (Mark Williams) to ask for help - he’s been followed ever since he came into possession of the diary of the university’s architect. It claims that the location of the alchemist’s secret is hidden in a riddle – the key to the lock to the door. Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) and Bunty (Emer Kenny) accompany them to Gloucester University where Principal Malcolm (Danny Webb) allows student Timothy (Richard Southgate) to borrow a ceremonial key. When the absent minded Professor goes missing, Father Brown sees if he’s with Timothy. He’s saddened to find Timothy’s body in his bedroom, his head bashed in with a polo mallet. When the key that Timothy took turns up in the Professor’s room, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) arrests him for murder, leaving Father Brown determined to prove his innocence.
Episode 11 – The Sins of Others
Recently released from prison, Sid buys a gun outside his caravan. The next day Father Brown reunites Sid with Bunty (Emer Kenny) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), who insists on cooking him a hot meal. When Sid leaves suddenly, Father Brown follows him to a function where Edward Reece (Simon Shepherd) is honouring his latest judicial appointee Giles (David Reed). Sid confronts Giles, his former defence barrister, accusing him of burying a witness statement which suggests that his supposed victim of assault was coerced into incriminating Sid. Edward sees the commotion and orders Sid and Father Brown off the property. But Sid runs back and as Father Brown follows a scream is heard. Giles has been killed, a broken champagne glass in his throat. When Edward’s son Randolph (Alex Felton) tells Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) that Sid did it, Sid is quickly arrested. Can Father Brown clear his name this time?
Episode 12 – The Theatre of the Invisible
Father Brown (Mark Williams) accompanies Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) to a heat for the BBC Radio Quiz ‘Up To You’ in the village hall. Producer Jeremy ushers them through, where Richie (Arthur Bostrom) is the announcer, Joyce (Jessica Turner) sings the theme tune and Barney (John Henshaw) is the ebullient quizmaster. Curmudgeonly landlady Mrs Rudge (Lynda Baron) is unfairly eliminated while Bunty (Emer Kenny) and Mrs McCarthy sail though to go head to head on the live show next week. Afterwards at her boarding house, Mrs Rudge is vile to the BBC cast and reveals she’s even read Richie’s salacious diary. Later when Jeremy returns with Bunty they’re shocked to find the guesthouse on fire. As Mrs Rudge’s corpse is removed, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) pronounces it an accident but when Father Brown looks closer he finds a device in the chimney designed to block it. Mrs Rudge was murdered…
Episode 13 – The Tanganyika Green
Father Brown (Mark Williams) welcomes Aldous (Richard Huw) and his daughter Grace (Pepter Lunkuse) to Kembleford, who are visiting for the County Fair. They’ve recently moved from Tanganyika and are on the lookout for a medical school for Grace. Excited about the antiques marquee, Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) can’t wait to have her heirloom broach valued. At the Red Lion, Bunty (Emer Kenny) offers a room at Montague to antiques expert Wynford (Miles Jupp) who isn’t happy with the accommodation at the inn. The next morning Grace finds her father’s body the floor of his room. As Father Brown comforts her, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) arrests Grace, accusing her of giving her father sleeping pills that interfered with his malaria medication, after she found out that he could no longer fund her education. Father Brown however believes Grace’s grief is genuine and is determined to find the real culprit…
Episode 14 – The Fire in the Sky
William (Nick Dunning) chases his daughter Charlotte (Allegra Marland) through the dark woods behind his house. His vision distorts and he falls to his knees. The next day, Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) visit a disorientated William who says that Charlotte’s gone. Later Charlotte staggers into the police station, shouting that ‘it’s trying to get out.’ She loses consciousness and is taken to Kembleford Cottage Hospital where Dr Ashley (David Sturzaker) and nurse Alisha (Kiran Sonia Sawar) treat her. When a young man Sean (Sam Jackson) arrives to see how she is, William erupts, telling him to go. Father Brown discovers that Sean was William’s gardener who was recently sacked. That night William panics as he sees an alien shape through the window. The next day his body is found in a locked room and Father Brown suspects he’s been poisoned…
Episode 15 – The Penitent Man
Flambeau (John Light) is incarcerated under suspicion of murder. When Father Brown (Mark Williams) visits him he denies killing his cohort Flynn (Callum Dixon) and asks the priest to hear his confession if he’s convicted. Flynn’s wife Peggy (Emma Pallant) later tells Father Brown that she witnessed Flambeau dragging Flynn’s body to the river and throwing it in. At the presbytery, Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) thinks that Flynn is still alive and has framed Flambeau. Father Brown leaves the surveillance to her and Bunty (Emer Kenny) while he attends Flambeau’s pre-trial hearing. He’s shocked to hear Flambeau plead guilty then be sentenced to death by hanging. Meanwhile, Bunty and Mrs McCarthy spy Flynn through the window at Peggy’s house and manage to escape after they’re seen. However Father Brown has realised that Flambeau isn’t the victim in all of this, he’s the architect. But what if his plan backfires?
Episode 1 – The Tree of Truth
It’s December and Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy and Bunty are visited by an old friend as they make mince pies and decorate the presbytery. Sid, has returned for Christmas, bearing gifts from Lady Felicia. Meanwhile as locals walk through the woods, a dog uncovers a partially skeletonised hand in the cold ground. The body is identified as Scarlett Dreyfuss, a woman reported missing after the dress rehearsal of Red Riding Hood in 1946, throwing open a seven year old case. But that doesn’t stop the Kembleford Amateur Dramatics Society from holding their auditions for this year’s pantomime, Cinderella. Mrs McCarthy is left disappointed when Bunty is given the role of Fairy Godmother over her, while Father Brown and Sid are left with rather undignified parts. When Scarlett’s post mortem is delivered, Inspector Mallory realises that the confession of her supposed killer, gentle giant Benny, is a pack of lies. A terrible miscarriage of justice has taken place - can Father Brown overturn it in time for Christmas?
Episode 2 – The Jackdaw’s Revenge
On the day of her execution, Katherine Corven is unexpectedly exonerated and released, much to Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy and Bunty’s dismay. Waiting outside Sonning Prison, Robin and Eddie from the Kembleford Gazette, push their way through the crowd of reporters to hear Katherine say that those who wronged her will answer to God… Father Brown later discovers that the Corven’s old cleaner confessed to murdering Katherine’s husband, explaining her sudden release, but Father Brown is sceptical of this new information. Katherine’s new intention to become a nun raises more alarm bells with Father Brown, who sidesteps Eddie’s questioning on the case and heads over to speak to Katherine’s former prison officer Frances. When he arrives he finds her in the position Katherine escaped from; hanging with a noose around her neck…
Episode 3 – The Kembleford Dragon
Julia Webb boasts about her award winning hanging baskets to Mrs McCarthy as Ben Webb shows the station inspector, Deepak around the train station. Pandora, the new cleaner at St Mary’s, gets off the train and immediately frustrates Mrs McCarthy. Deepak leaves a poster for Ben and as Julia pins it on the noticeboard, Ben collapses from a heart attack, reading: ‘Notice of Closure’. During a village hall meeting, Buddy Arnold tells the crowd that he’ll be running a replacement bus service when the train station closes but Julia can’t contain her anger and throws water in his face. Holding a fete at the station in an attempt to save it, Julia orders Ben off to the washroom to smarten his appearance, but when he returns he is in a much worse state; stuffed inside a trunk with his head dripping with blood.
Episode 4 – The Angel of Mercy
At Powderham House residential home, Mrs McCarthy visits a friend, Freda, who appears to be at the end of her tether with her painful illness. Death hanging over Kembleford, the gang attends the local handyman’s funeral, along with a new addition to St Mary’s, Caitlin, who was thrown out of a convent. Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy and Caitlin all visit Freda, where Mrs McCarthy has a run in with Matron Sophia after she denies Freda more painkillers. Waiting for the others in the lounge, Bunty bumps into her old nanny, Ellen, now in a wheelchair but not letting it stop her living life. The next day, when Mrs McCarthy gets a call that Freda has passed on, a single white dove feather at the scene indicates that she may not have died of natural causes…
Episode 5 – The Face of the Enemy
In Northern Rhodesia Lady Felicia lies in bed with Benedict Lewis. His return to England imminent, Lady Felicia finally decides to join Benedict and tell Monty that she’s leaving him. Along with Sid they surprise a delighted Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy and Bunty at the Presbytery. Later Lady Felicia is intercepted at the train station by her old adversary Daniel Whittaker, who explains that Benedict is a soviet spy and important blueprints have been stolen from the Ministry of Defence. He anticipates that an exchange of the film will take place at Benedict’s fundraiser and gives Felicia a fake film to replace with the real one. Lady Felicia is left not knowing who to believe. At the fundraiser, Alfred Lane presents Benedict with a sculpture and Lady Felicia suspects the film is hidden inside. As she attempts to swap the films over Benedict appears and points a gun at her - has Lady Felicia really fallen for the enemy?
Episode 6 – The Devil You Know
In an attempt to show involvement in the community, Inspector Mallory joins the Kembleford Bowls Club. Christina Worcester, the Club Secretary, introduces Mallory to the local players, Roger, Shirley and Christina’s husband Eric. Alec Frobisher strolls onto the green, where Shirley, much to Roger’s disappointment, takes an immediate shine to his charming brother. Mallory sits himself at the side of the green, where Father Brown and Bunty later find him snoozing under a book. As bowls players convene, Shirley appears from the back of the clubhouse in tears and an almighty scream jolts Mallory from his sleep. Alec is found with his neck garrotted and as Mallory is technically a suspect, a new Inspector arrives to investigate. But for Father Brown, is it better the devil you know?
Episode 7 – The Dance of Death
Oliver interrupts Alexander and Lucy’s dance practise, telling Alexander that if he wins the ballroom dance competition, he’ll tell him who took his sight. Lady Rose Dalton the owner of the house hosting the competition, shows Father Brown, Mrs McCarthy and Bunty around. Noticing Alexander across the hall, Bunty approaches him to take her for a spin. Merryn, Oliver’s dance partner, unpacks her things with the help of Lucy, who shows off her new necklace. Back in the hall, Lucy interrupts Alexander and Bunty to practice, but Oliver notices the necklace and tension begins to rise. Storming out, the next time anyone sees Lucy, she is lying in her own blood, a stab wound to her heart.
Episode 8 – The Cat of Mastigatus
Sefton Scott welcomes parents, students and teachers to Kemble Martyrs Boys School fete. Bunty eyes an egg and spoon race and Mrs McCarthy agrees to compete with her. Heading towards the cake table, Father Brown meets a pupil from the Girls’ School next door, May Lewis who swipes the last three macaroons. Even though he’s meant to be the best, Sefton’s grandson Daniel Gates gives a poor cricket demonstration, but Mrs McCarthy thrives in the egg and spoon race and takes home the rosette. Meanwhile, the deputy headmaster of the school, Philip sneaks away with Sheila, the deputy head of the girl’s college next door, but to their horror, they find May on the floor, her head pooling with blood.
Episode 9 – The Flower of the Fairway
Meeting with Raylan Reeve at his new golf course, Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy discover ‘Go Home – or die’ burnt into the grass. Inspector Mallory pays a visit to Hermione, who has a clear motive for vandalism after her garden has been compromised for Raylan’s extensive golf course, but finds nothing to pin the crime on her. The next day at the golf tournament, the women’s cup sees Bunty competing, in disguise as ‘Miss Desiree Lecoq’, being careful in case her father finds out about this pastime. She competes against Raylan’s young granddaughter, Morgana, much to Tamara, Morgana’s mother’s disapproval. When Bunty’s ball lands in the reeds, a body is the last thing she expects to find.
Episode 10 – The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau
When Father Brown reads about Hercule Flambeau’s untimely death in Italy, he revisits a cryptic letter and key recently sent to him by Flambeau. Meanwhile, The Iron Crown of Lombardy, a crown holding a nail that was used in the crucifixion of Christ, arrives at Gloucester Cathedral. After Mass, Father Brown is greeted by Lisandra, who reveals herself to be Flambeau’s new wife. She recounts the day that he died and reveals that she knows about the letter and the key. On returning to the presbytery, Bunty and Mrs McCarthy find it in a mess, the key stolen. Considering Flambeau’s letter, Father Brown realises that the key could open the safe which holds The Iron Crown. Eager to inform the Bishop, Father Brown gets the train to Gloucester and is unsurprised to find his old frenemy alive and well waiting for him onboard. Can Father Brown manage to protect the crown and redeem Flambeau once and for all?