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The Hammer of God

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Hammer of God



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.


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 & Crew

Elizabeth Barnes Bryony Afferson
Norman Bohun Sam Hoare
Father 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
Director Ian Barber
Executive Producer Will Trotter
Executive Producer John Yorke
Producer Ceri Meyrick
Series Producer Sam Hill
Writer Tahsin Guner
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