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The Daughter of Autolycus 

Father Brown must help Flambeau in stealing the Pope's gift to the Queen.


Paul Gibson


G.K. Chesterton (based on the character created by), Rachel Flowerday (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Gina Bramhill ... Marianne Delacroix
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Nero Hound
Mark Williams ... Father Brown
Colin McFarlane ... Cardinal Papillon
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Cardinal Bonipogio
Nancy Carroll ... Lady Felicia
Alex Price ... Sid Carter
Sorcha Cusack ... Mrs McCarthy
Jack Deam ... Inspector Mallory
Michael Pennington ... Bishop Reynard
John Light ... Hercule Flambeau
John Burton ... Sergeant Goodfellow


When Father Brown and his friends are invited to view a jewel-encrusted cross, a gift from the Pope to the newly-crowned queen Elizabeth, on display at Gloucester, the priest is convinced that Flambeau will try and steal it - and he is right. Flambeau's estranged daughter Marianne has been kidnapped by crooked Nero Hound and threatens to kill her unless Flambeau brings him the jewel. However, the cross disappears with security head Cardinal Papillon suspected of his theft. Aware of the true fate of the cross Father Brown must retrieve it as well as helping Flambeau to free Marianne Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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8 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Flambeau says "So long, Marianne" which is also a song by Leonard Cohen. See more »


One of the church officials states that Interpol has been notified about the theft of the coronation gift. Queen Elizabeth II's coronation was in June 1953. Although the International Criminal Police Commission was established in 1923, it was not popularly referred to as Interpol until 1956. See more »


Father Brown Theme
written by Debbie Wiseman
performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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The Daughter of Autolycus
6 February 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A young woman, Marianne studying in her room is abducted and later held for ransom. She is Flambeau's estranged daughter. The man who is holding her is Nero Hound, a former associate of Flambeau.

With Queen Elizabeth II about to be crowned, the Vatican has sent a jewel encrusted cross as a gift from the Pope and this cross will tour the country before being presented to the Queen.

Father Brown realises that this cross will attract the attentions of Flambeau and so it does, Flambeau needs to steal the cross in order to free his daughter. However the cross is closely guarded with two high up Cardinals vying for a senior position in the Vatican.

An episode featuring Flambeau in Father Brown is always special and here we see his vulnerable side as he needs to rescue a daughter he knows little about but who is also a chip off the old block.

It is just a shame there is some dodgy green screen work in this episode when it comes a certain car scene. Guest star Roger Ashton- Griffiths also showcases an Italian accent that is on the hammy side.

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