The Sign of the Broken Sword

Series 3 - Episode 4 The Sign of the Broken Sword



Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) are at the local army barracks for the unveiling of a memorial to the fallen at Dunkirk in this darker-than-usual episode from 2015. They’re told that at Dunkirk the base commander became a hero for allegedly killing several Nazis with his broken sword although over dinner one of his drunken comrades disputes that.

His murder, with the very sword belonging to the colonel, prompts Father Brown to look into this and another death – 13 years earlier. It’s a tough case complicated by the army’s investigating officer’s misplaced suspicions … but it’s only a matter of time before Father Brown cracks it.


A murder is committed at the local army barracks using a legendary broken sword, and the incident leads the priest to investigate another death at Dunkirk 13 years previously. Fifties-set crime drama based on the stories by GK Chesterton, starring Mark Williams.

Cast & Crew

Father Brown Mark Williams
Mrs McCarthy Sorcha Cusack
Lady Felicia Nancy Carroll
Sid Carter Alex Price
Inspector Sullivan Tom Chambers
Sgt Goodfellow John Burton
RSM Reginald Davis William Ash
Col Laurence St Clarke Angus Wright
Maj David Rawlings Jamie Ballard
Lt Anthony Graham Steven Miller
Simone Murray Grace Cassidy
Maj Desmond Murray Craig Whittaker
Director Ian Barber
Executive Producer Will Trotter
Producer Ceri Meyrick
Series Producer Sam Hill
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