Father Brown (2013– )
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The Man in the Tree 

Lady Felicia finds in her park a man on a tree, fallen from a passing train on a nearby viaduct. The man has been stripped and tortured, and Sid is accused of the crime.


Dominic Keavey


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
Nancy Carroll ... Lady Felicia
Jonathan Sidgwick ... Franz Prepffler
Sorcha Cusack ... Mrs McCarthy
Mark Williams ... Father Brown
Steffan Rhodri Steffan Rhodri ... Christy Nolan
Alex Price ... Sid Carter
Rod Hallett ... Father Franc / Wilhelm
Katherine Dow Blyton Katherine Dow Blyton ... Annie Mace
Hugo Speer ... Inspector Valentine
Kasia Koleczek ... Susie Jasinski
Keith Osborn Keith Osborn ... Sgt Allbright


Father Brown welcomes visiting German priest Father Frank but returning from the station they encounter an injured man,stripped to his underwear who has been thrown from a train. Suspicion falls on prostitute Annie Mace,who was travelling on the train though she is given an alibi by scrap dealer Christie Nolan. Then Lady Felicia's chauffeur Sid comes into the frame when it turns out that he stole the victim's wallet. In solving the crime and determining who is telling the truth the father also has to combat anti-German prejudice among his flock. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 January 2013 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

BBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Shortly after the opening credits, when the Police are getting the said "The Man in the Tree" down, the ambulance on the roadside. The markings on the ambulance clearly says Birmingham. Birmingham is over 50 miles from Kembleford. Gloucester is nearer. See more »


Father Brown Theme
written by Debbie Wiseman
performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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18 April 2018 | by isabelrinonSee all my reviews

Though I've liked this episode and the previous three ones this one does not look like Chesterton's stories. Actually, it can't be a real father Brown story as it is supposed to happen after the second world war and Chesterton died in 1936. I've checked if there is a father Brown story similar to this one and there is not. This is something that annoys me. Nevertheless I will continue watching this serie. And I hope to find it in english subtitled because spanish does not fit.

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