Father Brown (1974 TV series)

Father Brown is a British television series, which originally aired on ITV in 1974. It featured Kenneth More as Father Brown, a Roman Catholic Priest who solved crime mysteries. The episodes were closely based on the stories by G. K. Chesterton.[1]

Father Brown
Series titles alongside Kenneth More's depiction
Based onG. K. Chesterton (novel)
StarringKenneth More
Dennis Burgess
Graham Crowden
Theme music composerJack Parnell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Ian Fordyce
Running time49-51 minutes
Production company(s)ATV production
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Original release26 September –
19 December 1974

Main cast


Portions of the series were shot in St. Clements Caves in Hastings, Sussex, England.


Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1"The Hammer of God"Robert TronsonHugh Leonard26 September 1974
Stars William Russell, Graham Crowden, Alun Armstrong, Geraldine Moffatt, Robert James, Peter Hawkins, Anna Wing and Frederick Hall
2"The Oracle of the Dog"Peter JefferiesPeter Wildeblood3 October 1974
Stars Rupert Davies, Mel Martin and Edward Evans
3"The Curse of the Golden Cross"Robert TronsonHugh Leonard10 October 1974
Stars Geoffrey Chater, Peter Copley, James Maxwell and Bella Emberg
4"The Eye of Apollo"Peter JefferiesHugh Leonard17 October 1974
Stars Dennis Burgess, Ronald Pickup, Dudley Jones, Christopher Good and Rosamund Greenwood
5"The Three Tools of Death"Robert TronsonHugh Leonard24 October 1974
Stars James Hayter, John Flanagan, Nina Thomas and Keith James.
6"The Mirror of the Magistrate"Peter JefferiesMichael Voysey31 October 1974
Stars Dennis Burgess, Philip Stone and Dennis Edwards
7"The Dagger With Wings"Peter JefferiesPeter Wildeblood7 November 1974
Stars David Buck, T. P. McKenna, Vernon Dobtcheff, Michael Sheard and Desmond Cullum-Jones
8"The Actor and the Alibi"Robert TronsonHugh Leonard14 November 1974
Stars Dennis Burgess, Sheila Keith, John Stratton, David Savile, Oliver Maguire and Roberta Tovey
9"The Quick One"Ian FordyceHugh Leonard21 November 1974
Stars Dennis Burgess, Christopher Benjamin, William Dysart, Bernard Lee, Brian Hawksley, Tariq Yunus and Frederick Treves
10"The Man with Two Beards"Peter JefferiesMichael Voysey28 November 1974
Stars Brian Croucher, Bill Maynard, Freda Dowie and Alan Gerrard
11"The Head of Caesar"Robert TronsonPeter Wildeblood5 December 1974
Stars Betty Alberge, Brian Anthony, Graham Leaman, John Normington and Christian Rodska
12"The Arrow of Heaven"Robert TronsonJohn Portman12 December 1974
Stars Eric Dodson, Angela Douglas, Richard Hurndall, Mike Pratt, George Roubicek and David Healy
13"The Secret Garden"Peter JefferiesHugh Leonard19 December 1974
Stars Joan Benham, Cyril Luckham, Peter Dyneley and Charles Dance


  1. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/series/22351

External links

Father Brown on IMDb

Father Brown (disambiguation)

Father Brown is a fictional character created by English novelist G. K. Chesterton.

Father Brown may also refer to:

Father Brown (film), 1954 British film

Father Brown (1974 TV series), 1974 British TV series that aired on ITV

Father Brown (2013 TV series), 2013 British TV series that aired on the BBC

Father Brown, Detective, 1934 American film

Flambeau (character)

M. Hercule Flambeau is a fictional character created by English novelist G. K. Chesterton, who appears in 48 short stories about the character Father Brown. A master criminal, his surname "Flambeau" is an alias, the French word for a flaming torch.

He first appeared in the story "The Blue Cross" as a jewel thief. Father Brown foiled his attempted crimes in this and several other stories. As a notorious and elusive criminal, Flambeau is a worry for law-enforcers. He is exposed by Father Brown, and later becomes a detective himself. His last appearance as a thief occurs in "The Flying Stars", in which Father Brown persuades him to return his loot and to give up the criminal life. As a reformed criminal, Flambeau assists Father Brown in a number of other short stories, beginning with "The Invisible Man".

Although Brown and Flambeau spend much of the day together in "The Blue Cross", when they meet again in "The Queer Feet", Brown recognizes Flambeau but the thief has no recollection of the priest.

Flambeau is an idiosyncratic character. Conventional detective fiction often splits humanity into the "good" and the "bad", but the priest sees things in a more graduated light, and considers the possibility of redemption. He becomes Flambeau's friend before he reforms him, and uses this friendship to transform him. In "The Secret of Flambeau", Flambeau credits Father Brown for his reformation when he says, "Have I not heard the sermons of the righteous? […] Do you think all that ever did anything but make me laugh? Only my friend told me that he knew exactly why I stole, and I have never stolen since."

Flambeau's fate is revealed in "The Secret of Father Brown". Retiring as a detective, he marries and settles in a Spanish castle, raises a large family and lives in a blissful state of domesticity. Flambeau gives up his assumed name and returns to using his birth name, Duroc.

It has been suggested that Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot was inspired by the character

Flambeau has appeared in several film, television and radio adaptations. Actors who have portrayed him include:

Paul Lukas – Father Brown, Detective (1934 film)

Bill Griffis – The Adventures of Father Brown (1945 radio series)

Peter Finch – Father Brown/The Detective (US title) (1954 film)

Siegfried Lowitz – Das schwarze Schaf (The Black Sheep) (1960 film)

Dennis Burgess – Father Brown (1974 TV series)

Olivier Pierre – Father Brown Stories (1984–1986 BBC Radio series)

John Light – Father Brown (2013 TV series) (Episodes: 1.10 "The Blue Cross", 2.5 "The Mysteries of the Rosary", 3.10 "The Judgment of Man", 4.5 "The Daughter of Autolycus", 5.15 "The Penitent Man", 6.10 "The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau")

Michael Voysey

Michael Voysey (1920 in Grimsby − 1987 in Colchester) was a playwright and writer for TV programmes.

As a playwright he created My Astonishing Self from the works of George Bernard Shaw. He also wrote The Amorous Goldfish and adapted Marguerite by Armand Salacrou

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