Father Brown: Season 1, Episode 1

The Hammer of God (26 Sep. 1974)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Colonel James Bohun
William Russell ...
Geraldine Moffat ...
Elizabeth Barnes
John Forgeham ...
Simeon Barnes
Robert James ...
Doctor Wynn
Roger Hume ...
Inspector Palmer
Anna Steele ...
Mrs. James Bohun
Peter Hawkins ...
Harry Walker ...
Anna Wing ...
Mrs. Deveraux
Frederick Hall ...


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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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 »


Elizabeth Barnes: If I died today, I'd go to Hell! I know that!
Colonel James Bohun: Quite right. The company's better there.
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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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