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Father Brown

Father Brown

BBC One 2013

Father Brown is based on G. K. Chesterton's detective stories about a Catholic priest who doubles as an amateur detective in order to try and solve mysteries.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Father Brown

Father Brown - S6E10

#1 - The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau


Season 6 - Episode 10

Following reports of Flambeau's death, Father Brown races to protect a crown that contains a nail from the crucifixion of Christ.

The episode was rated from 127 votes.

Father Brown - S5E15

#2 - The Penitent Man


Season 5 - Episode 15

Father Brown suspects an ulterior motive is at play when his old adversary Flambeau is incarcerated for murder.

The episode was rated from 188 votes.

Father Brown - S5E11

#3 - The Sins of Others


Season 5 - Episode 11

Father Brown struggles to save Sid from himself when he vows vengeance on his former defence barrister.

The episode was rated from 183 votes.

Father Brown - S3E15

#4 - The Owl of Minerva


Season 3 - Episode 15

Father Brown is stunned to learn that Inspector Sullivan is wanted for murder.

The episode was rated from 139 votes.

Father Brown - S5E1

#5 - The Star of Jacob


Season 5 - Episode 1

A mysterious stranger, a missing donkey, an outbreak of laryngitis in the church choir and a kidnapped baby threaten to spoil Kembleford's Christmas festivities.

The episode was rated from 247 votes.

Father Brown - S5E13
#6 - The Tanganyika Green
Season 5 - Episode 13

Father Brown investigates the murder of a Colonial Postal Service officer when the fair comes to Kembleford.

The episode was rated from 170 votes.
Father Brown - S7E10
#7 - The Honourable Thief
Season 7 - Episode 10

When Lady Felicia's home comes under threat, Father Brown is forced to seek help from an unlikely ally.

The episode was rated from 126 votes.
Father Brown - S5E12
#8 - The Theatre of the Invisible
Season 5 - Episode 12

When radio quiz Up To You comes to Kembleford, Father Brown suspects that one of the cast are responsible for their landlady’s murder.

The episode was rated from 168 votes.
Father Brown - S4E6
#9 - The Rod of Asclepius
Season 4 - Episode 6

Lady Felicia winds up in hospital after some reckless driving.

The episode was rated from 169 votes.
Father Brown - S7E1
#10 - The Great Train Robbery
Season 7 - Episode 1

Lady Felicia and Mrs McCarthy are taken hostage when a midnight train robbery goes awry. Return of the crime drama based on the stories by GK Chesterton, starring Mark Williams as a Roman Catholic priest who attempts to solve various misdemeanours.

The episode was rated from 125 votes.

Last updated: jan 20, 2022



The sum total of the ten episodes: The Fluff of crime-solving genre. First, don't go watching it for puzzles. They are obvious in the first five minutes after happening. Clues are obvious. Everything is pretty obvious to a casual lover of detective shows, the plots are not the attraction here to anyone with some spare brain cells. The screenwriters, apparently, placed their faith with the characters. If you find yourself liking them - by all means, go ahead and watch. The characters are pretty universally kind, gentle, family-friendly in every way. As I've noticed almost instantly, not one opinion of a character we are rooting for is questionable. It's as if every one was supposed to be likeable. Acting is okay, interplay is funny and believable for the most part, inevitable moral lessons notwithstanding. Production is picture-book-like, as clean and pastoral as the rest of it. I'll freely admit that for the first couple of eps I wondered why I should care about the stories any, but then the warm-up to the chars happened and I found myself looking forward to the rest of the series, in a "tea-and-blanket-and-TV-on-winter-evening" way. What I wish they could have done differently: Since we have a priest here, a community-facing person, and since they had set out to rewrite the Chesterton source material completely anyway (and they did), they could've gone up a more social-controversy-puzzles route. Alternately, a more puzzling-puzzles route. But then, we'd get Maigret/Poirot respectively, and this show would have no reason to exist.


Recommended episodes by season 1. 2, 4, 9, 10 2. 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 3. 5, 13, 15 4. 1 5. 1, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15 6. 1, 3, 10 7. 1, 6, 10


A god-bothering sleuth pits his wits against the aristocracy, hoi polloi and the staggeringly incompetent and racist officers of the law of the Cotswolds. For the most part the characters are stereotyped, but the main characters do grow, both in depth and for the most part likeability. I cringe almost every time a copper is in a scene because of their stupefying ineptness. The 3rd Detective Inspector is by far the worst example I’ve ever come across anywhere, ever. Despite the aforementioned, I do like the show.

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