Impoverished aristocrat Sir St John Pryde plans to sell estate land, which antagonizes his tenants led by left-wing Alan Archer. On the day Pryde castle is opened to the public tour guide Audrey Diggle is murdered after claiming that she has evidence to state that the Prydes are not the lawful heirs to the title though St John's nephew Jago believes his uncle was the intended victim and St John's daughter Bunty is secretly in love with Archer. After an attempt to kill Jago Father Brown unmasks the murderer, in the process demonstrating that a supposed family curse has a basis in truth.
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Did You Know?
Jago says he is between Scilla and Charybdis, meaning that he is between a rock and a hard place. In fact these two were mythical sea monsters mentioned by Homer in his Odyssey. See more
It is pointed out on more than one occasion that the daughter of the family is marrying a marquis. Several people comment that she will be a duchess. The wife of a marquis is a marchioness, not a duchess.
And then towards the end there is a brief reference to the father of the marquis which sheds light on everything. The father being still alive, and the son being a marquis (not in his own right, but using one of his father's subsidiary titles as an honorary title) it is the father who is the duke, a title which the marquis will one day inherit. See more
Opening credits prologue: 1488 See more
Father Brown Theme
written by Debbie Wiseman
performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra See more