Father Brown: Season 1, Episode 1

The Hammer of God (14 Jan. 2013)

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The brother of the vicar of the village where Father Brown has his parish church is a cad and a wastrel. When he's found near the church tower with his head smashed by a very small hammer, ... See full summary »

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The brother of the vicar of the village where Father Brown has his parish church is a cad and a wastrel. When he's found near the church tower with his head smashed by a very small hammer, the local blacksmith is the first suspect, but it's his wife who confesses the murder! Written by igorlongo

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Inspector Valentine: Who last saw Mr. Bohun alive?
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Father Who?
17 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oh, the hideousness... The Father Brown stories of G.K. Chesterton are tricky to adapt, but it's hard to imagine them being done much worse than in this new series. The opening credits merely credit Chesterton with "characters" - worrying, but not without honesty, for this opener bears very little resemblance indeed to the actual story, whilst subsequent episodes are new plots with no Chestertonian original at all. Now, the episodes are all set in a never-never-land 1950s, a decade Chesterton never knew (he died in 1936), set the good father down in a tiny English village of infinite picturesqueness (just like Miss Marple's St. Mary Mead) and give him an assortment of sidekicks, including a stage-Irish cook (a role which wastes the brilliant Sorcha Cusack). He also has a nemesis in a strikingly obtuse police inspector named Valentine, this show's version of Lestrade or Japp. Movie buffs will recall an "Inspector Valentine" in the 1954 movie starring Alec Guinness (it was "Valentin", a Frenchman, in two of the stories), and that film updated the period, too, but it had wit, ingenuity and humanity aplenty and knew what Chesterton was writing about. Here, the father's faith is merely a kind of gimmick - Columbo had his raincoat and cigars, Poirot has his absurd moustaches, Banacek kept citing Polish proverbs and Father Brown has God. It's a travesty and an appalling one, amazingly insensitive - and there's no compensation in the way of dialogue or inventiveness. Mark Williams is a good enough actor to have made a fine Father Brown. What a pity he's trapped in this dross.


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