Father Brown

Series 1 - 1. The Hammer of God

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Mark Williams (who also pops up this week in literary mode on Sunday in PG Wodehouse’s Blandings) does a smashing job as GK Chesterton’s mystery-solving pastor, a role previously played by Kenneth More and Alec Guinness. Father Brown is a mild-mannered, outwardly bumbling chap who’s rarely seen without an umbrella and a bemused expression on his face but who often finds himself caught up in murder. His sleuthing tends to be intuitive rather than deductive. A bit like Midsomer Murders, the stories have a gloriously bucolic setting, although purists will notice that the period has been moved to the 1950s.

In this first story the vulgar and caddish brother of the local vicar is murdered while the villagers are celebrating a new church clock. The local blacksmith’s wife confesses to the crime but Father Brown knows she’s innocent. He just can’t work out yet who’s guilty.

About this programme

1/10. A man is murdered at the unveiling of a new church clock and the cleric must act quickly before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows. Fifties-set crime drama based on the stories by GK Chesterton, starring Mark Williams.

Cast and crew


Elizabeth Barnes
Bryony Afferson
Norman Bohun
Sam Hoare
Fr Brown
Mark Williams
Simeon Barnes
Barry Sloane
Mrs McCarthy
Sorcha Cusack
Rev Wilfred Bohun
Adam Astill
Susie Jasinski
Kasia Koleczek
Philip Walker
Oliver Ryan
Insp Valentine
Hugo Speer


Ian Barber
Executive Producer
Will Trotter
Executive Producer
John Yorke
Ceri Meyrick
Series Producer
Sam Hill
Tahsin Guner