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Father Brown 

Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village.
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Series cast summary:
Mark Williams ...  Father Brown 90 episodes, 2013-2020
Sorcha Cusack ...  Mrs McCarthy 90 episodes, 2013-2020
John Burton ...  Sergeant Goodfellow 72 episodes, 2014-2020
Jack Deam ...  Inspector Mallory 55 episodes, 2016-2020
Nancy Carroll Nancy Carroll ...  Lady Felicia 48 episodes, 2013-2020
Alex Price ...  Sid Carter 46 episodes, 2013-2020
Emer Kenny ...  Bunty 44 episodes, 2017-2020


Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Filming takes place in the Gloucestershire village of Blockley using the church of Saints Peter and Paul (Church of England) as the St Mary Roman Catholic church of the series and the vicarage transformed into presbytery for Father Brown's residence. Other villages used are Winchcombe, Upper Slaughter, Kemerton, Sudeley Castle, and at Winchcombe railway station on the heritage Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. At Sudeley Castle, the tithe barn and St Mary's Chapel are used. See more »


In one of the episodes a revolver is shown with one empty chamber to demonstrate that one shot was fired. However the casing should still have been there since revolvers do not eject them. See more »


Referenced in I Be Geniusen Stuff: Father Brown S1-6 (2018) See more »

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Series 1 - A suitable show to investigate
2 August 2013 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I saw Alec Guinness play Father Brown in the film version some years ago and an enjoyable film it was as well. It was a shame he did not make more Father Brown films.

This television adaptation by the BBC, shown in the afternoons might not be for the purists who have read the books and appalled at the changes made.

The TV adaptation because of budgetary reasons require a fixed location (such as the village setting) fixed sets and a small regular cast of characters as the core actors have to be retained for the duration of the shoot.

The period setting has moved forward to the 1950s, a time of post war change and Father Brown might be deemed to be a little too modern with some liberal sensibilities. Then again he is a man who has himself experienced the horrors of war and we believe has travelled widely and open to new experiences even though he is a Catholic priest.

The murder mysteries are enjoyable, easy viewing for the whole family. Some of the stories in the TV series are new and others are based on the books by Chesterton.

In the books, Father Brown might be deemed to a be a peripheral character, somewhat on the edge. In one of the stories I did read and which the series did adapt (The Blue Cross,) it was noticeable how pacey and thrilling the adaptation was in contrast with the book.

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14 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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