The Best Episodes of Father Brown (2013)

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018

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

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

star 8.20
69 votes
The Sins of Others

#2 - The Sins of Others

Season 5 - Episode 11

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

star 8.05
130 votes
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The Penitent Man

#3 - The Penitent Man

Season 5 - Episode 15

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

star 8.02
139 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Tanganyika Green

#4 - The Tanganyika Green

Season 5 - Episode 13

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

star 8.02
121 votes
Directors: Simon Gibney
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The Kembleford Dragon

#5 - The Kembleford Dragon

Season 6 - Episode 3

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

star 7.95
88 votes
The Owl of Minerva

#6 - The Owl of Minerva

Season 3 - Episode 15

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 7.95
95 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
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The Star of Jacob

#7 - The Star of Jacob

Season 5 - Episode 1

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 7.93
184 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Theatre of the Invisible

#8 - The Theatre of the Invisible

Season 5 - Episode 12

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 7.90
116 votes
Directors: Bob Tomson
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The Daughters of Jerusalem

#9 - The Daughters of Jerusalem

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.89
114 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
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The Eagle and the Daw

#10 - The Eagle and the Daw

Season 5 - Episode 6

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 7.86
138 votes
Directors: Gary Williams
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The Rod of Asclepius

#11 - The Rod of Asclepius

Season 4 - Episode 6

Lady Felicia winds up in hospital after some reckless driving.

star 7.85
116 votes
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The Shadow of the Scaffold

#12 - The Shadow of the Scaffold

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.85
109 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Last Man

#13 - The Last Man

Season 3 - Episode 5

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

star 7.83
108 votes
Directors: John Greening
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The Labyrinth of the Minotaur

#14 - The Labyrinth of the Minotaur

Season 5 - Episode 2

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

star 7.83
174 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Mask of the Demon

#15 - The Mask of the Demon

Season 4 - Episode 1

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

star 7.82
129 votes
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The Mysteries of the Rosary

#16 - The Mysteries of the Rosary

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.80
108 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
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The Jackdaw's Revenge

#17 - The Jackdaw's Revenge

Season 6 - Episode 2

Father Brown struggles to protect those closest to him when an old foe is unexpectedly released from prison.

star 7.79
91 votes
Directors: Gary Williams
The Face of the Enemy

#18 - The Face of the Enemy

Season 6 - Episode 5

Father Brown spies trouble when Lady Felicia returns to Kembleford.

star 7.78
83 votes
The Tree of Truth

#19 - The Tree of Truth

Season 6 - Episode 1

A skeleton from a seven year old murder case is found buried in the woods and doubts are cast on the conviction of the confessed killer.

star 7.78
110 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
The Smallest of Things

#20 - The Smallest of Things

Season 5 - Episode 7

Past and present collide when Father Brown investigates the macabre world of dollhouse crime scenes.

star 7.78
142 votes
Directors: Bob Tomson
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The Daughter of Autolycus

#21 - The Daughter of Autolycus

Season 4 - Episode 5

Flambeau needs Father Brown's help in stealing the Pope's coronation gift to the Queen of England.

star 7.78
113 votes
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The Fire in the Sky

#22 - The Fire in the Sky

Season 5 - Episode 14

Father Brown’s divine inspiration is called upon when Kembleford comes under threat of an alien invasion.

star 7.78
122 votes
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The Prize of Colonel Gerard

#23 - The Prize of Colonel Gerard

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.76
104 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
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The Three Tools of Death

#24 - The Three Tools of Death

Season 2 - Episode 7

After a troubled woman’s father is killed just a few weeks after her mother’s death in a shooting accident, Father Brown needs to help her deal with her grief while also attempting to solve her father’s murder by one of three weapons.

star 7.76
108 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Angel of Mercy

#25 - The Angel of Mercy

Season 6 - Episode 4

Father Brown senses that something sinister is afoot when Mrs. McCarthy’s gravely ill friend Freda dies in her sleep.

star 7.75
96 votes
Directors: Niall Fraser