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.
|Based on||G. K. Chesterton (novel)|
|Starring||Kenneth More |
|Theme music composer||Jack Parnell|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||49-51 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ATV production|
|Original release||26 September –|
19 December 1974
|Episode #||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate|
|1||"The Hammer of God"||Robert Tronson||Hugh Leonard||26 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 Jefferies||Peter Wildeblood||3 October 1974|
|Stars Rupert Davies, Mel Martin and Edward Evans|
|3||"The Curse of the Golden Cross"||Robert Tronson||Hugh Leonard||10 October 1974|
|Stars Geoffrey Chater, Peter Copley, James Maxwell and Bella Emberg|
|4||"The Eye of Apollo"||Peter Jefferies||Hugh Leonard||17 October 1974|
|Stars Dennis Burgess, Ronald Pickup, Dudley Jones, Christopher Good and Rosamund Greenwood|
|5||"The Three Tools of Death"||Robert Tronson||Hugh Leonard||24 October 1974|
|Stars James Hayter, John Flanagan, Nina Thomas and Keith James.|
|6||"The Mirror of the Magistrate"||Peter Jefferies||Michael Voysey||31 October 1974|
|Stars Dennis Burgess, Philip Stone and Dennis Edwards|
|7||"The Dagger With Wings"||Peter Jefferies||Peter Wildeblood||7 November 1974|
|Stars David Buck, T. P. McKenna, Vernon Dobtcheff, Michael Sheard and Desmond Cullum-Jones|
|8||"The Actor and the Alibi"||Robert Tronson||Hugh Leonard||14 November 1974|
|Stars Dennis Burgess, Sheila Keith, John Stratton, David Savile, Oliver Maguire and Roberta Tovey|
|9||"The Quick One"||Ian Fordyce||Hugh Leonard||21 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 Jefferies||Michael Voysey||28 November 1974|
|Stars Brian Croucher, Bill Maynard, Freda Dowie and Alan Gerrard|
|11||"The Head of Caesar"||Robert Tronson||Peter Wildeblood||5 December 1974|
|Stars Betty Alberge, Brian Anthony, Graham Leaman, John Normington and Christian Rodska|
|12||"The Arrow of Heaven"||Robert Tronson||John Portman||12 December 1974|
|Stars Eric Dodson, Angela Douglas, Richard Hurndall, Mike Pratt, George Roubicek and David Healy|
|13||"The Secret Garden"||Peter Jefferies||Hugh Leonard||19 December 1974|
|Stars Joan Benham, Cyril Luckham, Peter Dyneley and Charles Dance|
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 filmFlambeau (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