Father Brown

2:10pm Friday 18 January on BBC ONE

Thunder rumbles as a truck arrives at a gothic manor in Kembleford. People get out and unpack stacks of bibles emblazoned ‘Church of Apollo’.

Meanwhile, Susie (Kasia Koleczek) screams as howling wind knocks over a candle in her hut which sets some photographs of her late parents alight. In the morning Father Brown, (Mark Williams) Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) and some other villagers attend a welcome ceremony in the gardens of the manor.

Dominique (Camilla Power) introduces their founder Kalon (Michael Maloney) who regales the crowd about the astral spirits. He pulls a vulnerable Susie from the crowd and later asks her to greet the sun with them in the morning. The next day Father Brown and Sid (Alex Price) are alarmed to discover that Susie has left to be with the group. And when Dominique is mysteriously killed soon after, Father Brown realises that Susie may be in grave danger…

Ep 5/10

2:10pm Thursday 17 January on BBC ONE

Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) is horrified to find an injured man in his late 30s (Jonathan Sidgwick) stuck in a tree on her estate, wearing nothing but his underwear.

Meanwhile, at Kembleford station, Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) greet their German visitor Father Franc (Rod Hallett) as Sid, (Alex Price) rag and bone man Christy (Steffan Rhodri) and local outcast Annie (Katherine Dow Blyton) also depart the train.

Father Brown sees the man being rescued from the tree, which is under a viaduct, and surmises that he was pushed from a train carriage. Inspector Valentine (Hugo Speer) investigates and Sid implicates Annie, who was seen leaving first class. However, Christy contradicts this, giving Annie an alibi which puts Sid himself in the frame. When Sid is caught intimidating Christy, Father Brown is forced to face the facts – could Sid be guilty this time?

Ep 4/10

2:10pm Wednesday 16 January on BBC ONE

Umesh Varma, (Ramon Tikaram) an Indian man in white robes, bursts into a study, waking Leonard Quinton (Robert Cavanah) to tell him he’s going to die today…

Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) conveys an invite to Father Brown (Mark Williams) to a poetry recital at the Quinton’s. Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) joins them and on arrival mistakes Violet (Jennie Jacques) for Leonard’s wife. A contemptuous Mr Harris (Simon Thorp) is ashamed to say that she is Leonard’s mistress.

Leonard asks a concerned Father Brown to look after his wife, should anything happen to him. After some bemusing poetry, Leonard’s haunted wife Martha (Ruth Gemmell) runs from the room then suggests that Mr Harris takes the guests out for a stroll in the garden while Leonard takes a nap. However, as they return, Lady Felicia screams – Leonard’s body is hanging in the conservatory…

Ep 3/10

2:10pm Monday 14 January on BBC ONE

Father Brown (Mark Williams) attends a tea party to celebrate a new church clock tower, presided over by his friend Reverend Bohun (Adam Astill).

However, the serene atmosphere is shattered when his caddish brother Norman (Sam Hoare) arrives, riling most of the guests. Just after the bells sound for the first time Norman’s body is found behind the church, the back of his head hit by a hammer found lying nearby. The local blacksmith Simeon (Barry Sloane) is immediately suspected but his wife Elizabeth, (Bryony Afferson) guilty about having relations with Norman, confesses to the crime and is arrested by Inspector Valentine (Hugo Speer). Reverend Bohun implores Father Brown to find out the truth. At the police station Elizabeth confesses that she’s innocent, however until the real culprit is caught, she won’t speak up. Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows…

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