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The Fall of the House of St Gardner 

A gossip columnist is murdered after threatening to expose the secrets of a fashion house.


Jennie Paddon


G.K. Chesterton (based on the character created by), Rachel Flowerday (developed by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Rosalie Craig Rosalie Craig ... Lady Vivien St Gardner-Verde
Nick Waring Nick Waring ... Sir Ralph Verde
Ingvild Lakou Ingvild Lakou ... Camille Hogan
Amanda Lawrence ... Barbara Farrell
Ben Lamb ... Harvey St Gardner
Emer Kenny ... Bunty
Mark Williams ... Father Brown
Sorcha Cusack ... Mrs McCarthy
Jack Deam ... Inspector Mallory
John Burton ... Sergeant Goodfellow


Some of Bunty's friends help get a gossip columnist fired. A London hotel cancels a booking for a fashion show in which they are involved, so Bunty offers her Kembleford home as a replacement. Father Brown and the team then help identify a killer when a character is bludgeoned to death before revealing secrets but leaving behind a shorthand notebook among other clues. Written by silvio.mitsubishi@hotmail.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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16 January 2020 (UK) See more »

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16 January 2020 | by silvio-mitsubishiSee all my reviews

Another unnecessarily complex plot where the set-up outweighs the story itself. Too many incidental characters introduced with insufficient time to work out who is who, and the usual string of surprises and extreme coincidences. No spoilers, but a hugely cliched realisation from Father Brown involving times. While it is true that not many people owned watches or mobile devices with satellite clocks in them, I somehow doubt that a high proportion of murder cases hinged on a breakthrough involving a casual comment about the time.

The setting is evocative, the regular characters warm and well-loved, but the show is running out of ideas and the limited budget allows only so much variety. The very idea that a fashion show that attracts an audience smaller than the team organising it is preposterous. They would get better results touring the private homes of the audience, giving personalised presentations.

Trying to introduce the caharacters, give them history, include a killing, then have the police and priest investigating separately, AND include a romantic meander for Bunty and an opportunity for Mrs McCarthy to show off her shorthand skills in the space of forty-five minutes is an effort too far.

With the dubious ethics of bystanders removing evidence from a crime scene, combined with the bumbling police inspector leaping to conclusions, it is a miracle any criminals are ever caught in Kembleford.

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