Mark Williams does a smashing job as GK Chesterton’s mild-mannered, mystery-solving priest in this drama series first shown in 2013. A role that’s been played previously by Kenneth More and Alec Guinness, Father Brown’s sleuthing tends to be intuitive rather than deductive. There’s solid support from Sorcha Cusack and there’s a gloriously bucolic setting. However, purists will notice 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 believes she’s innocent. He just can’t work out yet who’s guilty.