Father Brown (1974– )
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The Hammer of God 

Bullying, womanizing, and despised lord of the manor Col. James Bohun is found outside his brother's church with his skulled smashed in.

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Colonel James Bohun
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Elizabeth Barnes
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Simeon Barnes
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Joe
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Doctor Wynn
Roger Hume ...
Inspector Palmer
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Mrs. James Bohun
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Gibbs
Harry Walker ...
Mallory
Anna Wing ...
Mrs. Deveraux
Frederick Hall ...
Landlord
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Lord of the manor Colonel James Bohun, a sadistic bully and chauvinistic womanizer, is despised in his small English village. Despite being married, he openly flaunts his conquests and shows only disdain for the beliefs of his brother, the local Anglican vicar. When he is found in the churchyard with his skull smashed by a single blow from a blacksmith's hammer, Father Brown, a guest of the vicar's, brings his sleuthing skills to the case. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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26 September 1974 (UK)  »

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Chesterton's original story was published in the 1911 collection, "The Innocence of Father Brown." See more »

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Colonel James Bohun: [taunting the village idiot] Which would you prefer - - a thrashing or a shilling?
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Like a green beetle...
11 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A fine series opener, and its excellence makes the travesty of the more recent BBC version of the story (with Mark Williams) seem even worse. Graham Crowden seems, to those who know him best from "Waiting For God", to be unlikely casting for the vile bounder so bloodily murdered, but he throws himself into the role with great gusto and makes a villain loathsome enough to raise the hairs on one's neck. The friendship between Father Brown and his Protestant opposite number is deftly portrayed and there's an alarming portrait of puritanical hypocrisy from John Forgeham as a resentful cuckold. Also in the episode is a young Alun Armstrong, only just recognisable as the village idiot; perhaps the best work, though, comes from Geraldine Moffatt as Forgeham's desperate wife.


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