The Theatre of the Invisible

Series 5 - Episode 12 The Theatre of the Invisible



“I’ll be glad to see the back of these showbiz types. They’re not the same as us … calling everyone luvvie or treacle!” sniffs Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) when the popular BBC radio quiz Up to You records a show in the Kembleford village hall.

It’s a deliciously arch episode, with Arthur Bostrom camping it up as announcer Richie Queenan, John Henshaw perfect as bluff showman Barney Butterfield and Lynda Baron (you can just make her out under the glasses and dowdy attire) as the curmudgeonly boarding house landlady Mrs Rudge. There’s even a brief cameo from a vintage edition of Radio Times.


Radio quiz Up to You comes to Kembleford and the sleuth suspects one of the cast is responsible when the landlady of the house they are staying at is murdered. Mark Williams stars.

Cast & Crew

Father Brown Mark Williams
Mrs McCarthy Sorcha Cusack
Bunty Emer Kenny
Sgt Goodfellow John Burton
Insp Mallory Jack Deam
Richie Queenan Arthur Bostrom
Barney Butterfield John Henshaw
Joyce Merriman Jessica Turner
Jacob Rothstein Jon Glover
Mrs Rudge Lynda Baron
Director Bob Tomson
Executive Producer Will Trotter
Producer Caroline Slater
Writer David Semple
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