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Father Brown

  • 2017
  • Season 5
  • 15 episodes
  • Drama


Drama based on the stories by GK Chesterton, about a crime-solving Roman Catholic priest.


Episode 1: Father Brown: The Star of Jacob: The Star of Jacob


Canon Fox announces that the Duke of Frome will be staying with Lady Felicia at Montague and attending a full Christmas Mass at St Mary's. Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy set about making the arrangements, but when the donkey goes missing, laryngitis hits the choir and a tramp is found sleeping in the confessional box, it looks like Fox's plans are set to be thwarted. Lady Felicia welcomes her cousin the Duke, his wife and baby to the house, but later a nursemaid discovers that the infant is missing from his cot beside a heavily sleeping Nanny Langton. Mark Williams stars.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

A web of religious significance has been woven throughout this Christmas  episode first shown in 2016. There’s a whiff of the Good Samaritan when a filthy – and flatulent – tramp (Dean Andrews) is found sleeping in the confessional, a nod to Moses over the mystery of a kidnapped baby, while the underlying theme is that miracles happen.

Kembleford has been instructed to improve its Christmas mass (last time, according to Canon Fox, they had five kings and a Lone Ranger which really isn’t on) because the Duke of Frome (Ray Coulthard), his wife and newborn son are attending. Father Brown is unperturbed, of course, but it throws Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) into a right tizzy.

It’s all very festively jolly (and nobody dies, either); Mark Williams is as delightful as ever as the canny Father Brown; there’s a lot of good will to all men and it even snows on cue.

How to Watch


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Mrs McCarthySorcha Cusack
Canon Damian FoxRoger May
Father BrownMark Williams
Lady FeliciaNancy Carroll
John LangtonRaymond Coulthard
Diana LangtonZannah Hodson
Amy JonesHarriet Layhe
Nanny LangtonIsla Blair
George ParkinElliott Jordan
HornbyColin Deaney
Michael NegalDean Andrews
Basil UrquhartChristos Lawton
Insp MalloryJack Deam
Sgt GoodfellowJohn Burton
Hannah ParkinMaddy Hill
MatronMary Keegan


DirectorPaul Gibson
Executive ProducerWill Trotter
ProducerCaroline Slater
WriterJude Tindall

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