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The Mayor and the Magician 

At a fete to raise funds for a Polish school unpleasant mayor William Knight is electrocuted by a microphone. Valentine arrests his long suffering wife Eleanor after a screwdriver is found ... See full summary »

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William Knight
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At a fete to raise funds for a Polish school unpleasant mayor William Knight is electrocuted by a microphone. Valentine arrests his long suffering wife Eleanor after a screwdriver is found in her handbag but there are plenty of other suspects,including his young daughter and the secretary he sacked after their affair was discovered, whilst he was also accused of bribery and corruption. As Father Brown solves the mystery a magician at the fete turns out to be the husband,presumed dead,of his housekeeper Mrs McCarthy,who walked out on her decades earlier. Now dying he wants to return to her but she refuses him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Saved by Sorcha Cusack.
18 November 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Mayor William Knight is a particularly unpleasant man, his faithfulness is called into question by wife Eleanor when daughter Kathleen pulls an unknown locket from under the bed. A local fête is being put on in order to raise funds for the building of a Polish school. Loathed by everyone, his wife, his child, his recently fired assistant Matlida, it's no surprise when he's electrocuted on stage as he makes his speech to the locals. Father Brown begins investigating, he discovers the machinery has been tampered with and suspects foul play. A mysterious magician at the Fete has a big surprise in store for Mrs McCarthy.

It's a fairly bog standard mystery, not bad really, but the issue I have is with the characters, they're all rather unappealing. The Mayor is overly repulsive and almost a caricature, the wife although intelligent is almost as unlikeable, even Matilda is fairly awful too. Overall the characters are fairly poorly realised.

Sorcha Cusack truly does save the episode, The best element is the Magician and Mrs McCarthy story, it was funny and sad, but we got to learn her first name, Bridget! Mrs McCarthy's clash with Lady Felicia was very well played out too. I liked Father Brown's dart playing too, Mark Williams is a funny chap.

Possibly the weakest so far, the regulars are great, but the actual mystery and supporting cast don't quite come up to the mark.

Disappointing. 5/10


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