Father Brown

Father Brown

Season One

DVD - 2013
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Celebrated author GK Chesterton's beloved character, Father Brown, is brilliantly brought to life in this charming ten-part BBC series starring Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Doctor Who). With the warmth of The Vicar of Dibley, the intellect of Miss Marple, the humour of Father Ted and the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown is a fresh new take on a classic genre. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the English countryside, Father Brown is a kindly cleric with a particular talent for solving crimes. Many years spent hearing confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the workings of the criminal mind, and in each episode the enigmatic priest discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul, the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Worldwide, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
Branch Call Number: TV FATHE SEASON 1
Characteristics: 4 videodisc (469 min.) sound, color; 4 3/4 in.
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multcolib_susannel Jul 08, 2020

Together with Mrs. Mccarthy, Bunty and Sid, Father Brown uses his deductive skills to solve murders while remaining compassionate and forgiving toward the victims and perpetrators alike.

Apr 23, 2018

I like this DVD series. Father Brown (FB) is a crime solving Roman Catholic priest in rural England. The crime solving part being much to the chagrin of the local detective inspector. FB has a soft subtle supportive approach which breaks down barriers the police would have. FB is the personification of living life with good morals. The sex is very subtle. It is not overly violent. It is okay for all ages. Often, the person murdered is a nasty person with many people who dislike them for a valid reason. Sleuthing FB must get past all these obstacles to find out who committed the murder. FB is perspicacious. The detective is hapless. The original script was based on the Victorian Age around 1912. They decided to produce this series based on the 1950's. Mrs. M is the secretary for the church. Sid is the driver of the rich civilian. Sid and Mrs. M both help FB with his investigation. They are all friends. M is a busy body who knows if someone has an alibi or motivations. Sid is a second set of eyes who can ask the servants about hidden truths. FB catches the clues left that the police detectives miss. FB has a keen understanding of the human condition. FB is very good at finding the motive for the actions of others. FB finds and reveals the hidden truths. FB is a kindly, cassocked effective crime-solver. About the author, Gilbert Keith Chesterton (GKC): GKC converted to Christianity as an adult. In 1922 GKC confirmed his Catholic beliefs. GKC was born May 29, 1874 in Kensington, London, England. GKC died June 14, 1936 from natural causes. GKC wrote 80 novels, some plays and poetry, 200 short stories, 4,000 essays. He was well known while he was alive. The 48 FB series was part of the 200 short stories.

Apr 06, 2018

This is a good series and worth watching. It can be slow at times, but interesting enough.

Nov 16, 2017

The first installment in this series based on Chesterson's novels is engaging in some parts. The acting can pass halfway. Of course, as expected, it provocatively deviates from the original works and in sense ridicules the character of father brown. This is a splendid example of a progressive hijacking. The hypocrisy of father brown was thereby created and displayed: if a 'sin' is progressive, then father brown will not "judge" but if its still accepted as non-progressive then he was ready to point out the wrong. *A great example of those decrying judgement to be the most judgemental* To be sure, the protagonist must be loved and extolled by modern audiences so it was better to create an acceptable father than the one created by the author . If you personally want something that pays better homage and respect to the works of the author I'd recommend that you look at the 1979 drama. Otherwise, I concede that there is a smidgen of enjoyable curiosity in this, all objections aside.

Sep 27, 2016

I love this show! I never read the book so I'm not disappointed that the show is different. I love the characters, the themes and love Father Brown. I highly recommend it!!!!

5 stars from me!

Apr 19, 2016

Yes, it is very disappointing. The series has very little to do with Chesterton's books. Acting is not good either. Father Brown doesn't know how to genuflect and he is a priest. Couldn't the actor do some research?!

Oct 17, 2015

Lovable, nosy, mystery solving catholic Father Brown. Lovely characters in this BBC production from his housekeeper who is always wearing a hat, to Inspector Valentine who is always just one step behind Father Brown in his crime solving. Interesting characters, well developed mysteries to solve and a good solid cast who appear in each series.

May 01, 2015

at least this set doesn't swear that no Jews got burned for their beliefs. Something I heard in the earlier set.

Oct 26, 2014

I was so looking forward to this show (I love GK Chesterton's books), and it's terrible. They've set the stories in a very different era - 1950's rather than WWI, and they seem to think that Father Brown is some sort of cozy country vicar. And there are a whole bunch of stereotypical village-sidekicks - the incompetent local policeman, the Polish maid, the aged verger with her prize-winning scones...it's a mockery of the subtlety and wisdom of the original stories. Even if one wasn't familiar with the original source material, these would be very bland and not very mysterious. So disappointing!

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Nov 17, 2015

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