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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roger May ...
Canon Damian Fox
John Langton (as Ray Coulthard)
Zannah Hodson ...
Diana Langton
Harriet Layhe ...
Amy Jones
Nanny Langton
George Parkin
Cooper Curtis ...
Baby Jacob
Austin Curtis ...
Baby Jacob
Colin Deaney ...
Michael Negal
Basil Urquhart


Lady Felicia is hosting John Langton, the Earl of Frome and the bishop is demanding that Father Brown organizes a service which will impress the peer. At a party for the earl an unwelcome guest is his profligate cousin Basil Urquhart and when the earl's baby son is kidnapped, Basil is a prime suspect, along with the earl's valet Parkin, who kept his marriage a secret. The child is returned unharmed but when Parkin's wife turns up Father Brown deduces that she has been the victim of a crime herself years earlier, which helps solve the mystery of the kidnapping. Come Christmas day Michael, a tramp who has been sleeping in the church, comes to the aid of the service, making it a success. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 December 2016 (UK)  »

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Really enjoyed this one.
26 December 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

How lovely to see this glorious show get a well deserved Christmas Special. I am so pleased that it's been popular and successful, it's been great viewing since day one.

I'll start with a rant, why was this not on at a more prime time viewing slot, Christmas Day BBC1 offered us Eastenders, when will they realise that not everyone is a Soap lover, Father Brown would have been much more appealing!

Mark Williams, as always very much on point as the lead, adding a touch of humour as only he can. Sorcha Cusack and Nancy Carroll as brilliant as ever in support. Jack Deam fun as always as the exasperated Inspector Mallory.

An interesting plot, with nicely drawn characters, well produced, nice, easy viewing, let's hope more Christmas specials will follow, 8/10

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