The BEST Episodes of Father Brown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2021

Network: BBC One

Based on the stories by G. K. Chesterton, this period drama features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest.

The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau

#1 - The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 12, 2018

Following reports of Flambeau's death, Father Brown races to protect a crown that contains a nail from the crucifixion of Christ.

star 8.10
121 votes
The Great Train Robbery

#2 - The Great Train Robbery

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2019

Lady Felicia and Mrs McCarthy are taken hostage when a midnight train robbery goes awry.

star 8.06
140 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
The Penitent Man

#3 - The Penitent Man

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 19, 2017

Father Brown suspects an ulterior motive is at play when his old adversary Flambeau is incarcerated for murder.

star 8.02
180 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
The Blue Cross

#4 - The Blue Cross

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 25, 2013

The priest's priceless Blue Cross is targeted by infamous criminal Flambeau, so taking matters into his own hands Father Brown sets out to try to save his soul, but risks falling into a trap.

star 7.95
246 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Paul Matthew Thompson
The Sins of Others

#5 - The Sins of Others

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 13, 2017

Father Brown struggles to save Sid from himself when he vows vengeance on his former defence barrister.

star 7.93
174 votes
The Owl of Minerva

#6 - The Owl of Minerva

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 23, 2015

A fugitive takes sanctuary in St Mary's and asks for help. Father Brown is stunned to realise that the man in the confessional is Inspector Sullivan... and he's wanted for murder.

star 7.92
158 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
Writers: Jude Tindall
The Laws of Motion

#7 - The Laws of Motion

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 17, 2014

One of the drivers killed in a car crash at a local hill-climb track. Father Brown refuses to stop his investigations and a furious Inspector Sullivan is determined to put a stop to his meddling for good.

star 7.92
190 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Star of Jacob

#8 - The Star of Jacob

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 23, 2016

A mysterious stranger, a missing donkey, an outbreak of laryngitis in the church choir and a kidnapped baby threaten to spoil Kembleford's Christmas festivities.

star 7.91
237 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
The Prize of Colonel Gerard

#9 - The Prize of Colonel Gerard

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 15, 2014

After a recently returned prisoner of war is suspected of killing his tyrannical uncle, Father Brown is not convinced that he commited the crime.

star 7.90
194 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Tanganyika Green

#10 - The Tanganyika Green

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 17, 2017

Father Brown investigates the murder of a Colonial Postal Service officer when the fair comes to Kembleford.

star 7.89
160 votes
Directors: Simon Gibney
The Theatre of the Invisible

#11 - The Theatre of the Invisible

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 16, 2017

When radio quiz Up To You comes to Kembleford, Father Brown suspects that one of the cast are responsible for their landlady’s murder.

star 7.89
161 votes
Directors: Bob Tomson
The Flying Stars

#12 - The Flying Stars

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2013

The priest becomes involved with a theatrical family when he discovers that a drowning initially thought to be a tragic accident was actually a murder.

star 7.86
369 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Daughters of Jerusalem

#13 - The Daughters of Jerusalem

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 13, 2014

Father Brown invesitigates after a member of Kembleford’s WI dies in mysterious circumstances but as he is immobilised with a broken leg, he has to try and crack the case armed with only a telescope and his trusted deputies.

star 7.86
209 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Honourable Thief

#14 - The Honourable Thief

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 18, 2019

When Lady Felicia's home comes under threat, Father Brown is forced to seek help from an unlikely ally. Last in the series.

star 7.86
141 votes
The Kembleford Dragon

#15 - The Kembleford Dragon

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 3, 2018

Father Brown must stop a much-loved institution from going off the rails when the local stationmaster is murdered.

star 7.84
147 votes
The Mysteries of the Rosary

#16 - The Mysteries of the Rosary

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 10, 2014

After Hilary Ambrose returns home from posting a parcel to Father Brown, he’s shocked to discover that his home has been ransacked. An intruder jumps out and holds a chloroformed handkerchief over his face and everything goes blank.

star 7.83
205 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Sacrifice of Tantalus

#17 - The Sacrifice of Tantalus

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 14, 2019

When Mallory's pursuit of a fugitive ends in disaster, a familiar face returns to hunt the culprit.

star 7.82
129 votes
The Man in the Tree

#18 - The Man in the Tree

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 17, 2013

Lady Felicia is horrified to find an injured man stuck in a tree on her estate, apparently thrown there from a passing train on an overhead viaduct. When Sid is implicated as his tormentor, Father Brown is left to clear his name - but only if he is truly innocent.

star 7.82
299 votes
Directors: Dominic Keavey
Writers: Rebecca Wojciechowski
The Mask of the Demon

#19 - The Mask of the Demon

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 2016

When the production of Demon Brides comes to Kembleford and the director of the film is murdered, Father Brown investigates.

star 7.81
179 votes
The Paradise of Thieves

#20 - The Paradise of Thieves

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 2015

When a dead man is found inside a locked bank vault, Father Brown must solve the mystery to save an innocent man from paying the ultimate price.

star 7.80
192 votes
Directors: Diana Patrick
Writers: Rob Kinsman
The Eagle and the Daw

#21 - The Eagle and the Daw

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 6, 2017

When an old foe tells him that she has arranged the death of her former lover, Father Brown soon finds himself blamed for the murder.

star 7.80
177 votes
Directors: Gary Williams
The Labyrinth of the Minotaur

#22 - The Labyrinth of the Minotaur

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 2, 2017

Father Brown is asked to look after Lady Felicia's wayward niece Bunty, who soon finds herself suspected of murder.

star 7.80
226 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
The Shadow of the Scaffold

#23 - The Shadow of the Scaffold

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 9, 2014

Father Brown hears a confession from convicted killer Violet Fernsley. Prison Officer Charlie Denham the breaks the news that her appeal has been refused.

star 7.79
204 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Rod of Asclepius

#24 - The Rod of Asclepius

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 11, 2016

Lady Felicia winds up in hospital after some reckless driving.

star 7.79
158 votes
The Last Man

#25 - The Last Man

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 9, 2015

After Kembleford's new cricket captain is framed for murder, Father Brown has to try and prove his innocence.

star 7.78
176 votes
Directors: John Greening
Writers: Jude Tindall