Father Brown (2013– )
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The Wrong Shape 

A poet hangs himself in his locked conservatory. Father Brown thinks that it was not a suicide, but a murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Umesh Varma
... Martha Quinton
... Leonard Quinton
... Father Brown
... Mrs McCarthy
... Lady Felicia
... Violet Parnassus
... Mr Harris
... Inspector Valentine


Poet Leonard Quinton invites Father Brown to the house where he lives with his long suffering wife Martha and young mistress Violet as his spiritual adviser Umesh has told him he will soon die and he wants the priest to look after Martha. Shortly after Violet has threatened him for not leaving Martha for her Leonard is found hanged and Umesh,as his sole heir,is arrested. Martha tells Father Brown that she and Leonard had once had a baby,born disfigured,who died and whom they buried in the garden,the event which she believes drove them apart. Martha's admirer Harris then admits to killing Leonard Quinton - though Father Brown knows better. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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16 January 2013 (UK)  »

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16:9 HD
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Leonard Quinton greets his guests with the traditional Indian gesture of palms pressed together and a slight bow accompanied by the word "Namaste" which loosely translates as "I bow to the divine in you". See more »


When Lady Felicia sprains her ankle, she says she broke the heel off her shoe. But later when we see her hobble along with the help of the others, it is clear that both shoes have their high heels attached. See more »


Father Brown Theme
written by Debbie Wiseman
performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Grief, guilt, emotional and good spiritual advice
18 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

A poet named Leonard Quinton has a man working for him that has cultish type beliefs from India. The man Umesh Varma is Quintons spiritual adviser and tells the poet he sees death for the poet soon. Leonard is married, has his house decorated in the way the cult worships. He has a girl friend Violet Parnassus that lives with him and also a wife that is depressed. He used to be a doctor but does not practice as one anymore.

The wife Mrs Quinton cannot stand the site of her husband for many years so she does not care if Leonard is having an affair. Mr Quinton invites Father Brown to his house. He wants the priest to make sure his wife is taken care of, he still loves her if something happens to him.

Later Leonard dies and is found hung. The story gets more complicated, murder, suicide etc. It comes out toward the end that the Quintons had a child named Olivia who was born deformed and Mr Quinton left his wife and came back. The baby looked like the father but died at 3 months soon after. He came back just before she died. Mrs Quinton held it against her husband and he held felt guilty himself because he had his wife take some medication when she was pregnant. They both seem to think the medicine caused the deformity and Mrs Quinton found it easier to blame her husband for recommending the medicine for her morning sickness.

It is never explained how Mr Quinton got hung. The end is very emotional. Mrs Quinton wants to kill herself. She is broken hearted because of the death of her child and wants to blame God. Father Brown does not get religious in most of these episodes but this was important to me. He tells Mrs Quinton he does not know why her child died or why God allowed it. He tell her that he knows that God knows what it is like to lose a child.(Jesus) and that God is standing next to her and can't stop her suffering but loves her and if she lets him into her heart she will see Olivia again. It broke my heart to hear this. I often thought of the crucifixion and that Jesus died for me. I never thought of God as a parent losing his son in such a painful way on the Cross and feeling the grief of a parent.

So there is some good spiritual advice from Father Brown this time around.

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