The BEST Episodes of Father Brown (2013)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 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.

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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 8.09
127 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 8.07
151 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers:
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
187 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers:
The Blue Cross

#4 - The Blue Cross

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 25, 2013

When his priceless Blue Cross is targeted by the infamous criminal Flambeau, Father Brown takes the initiative to try and save his soul. But is he walking into a trap?

star 7.94
251 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Paul Matthew Thompson
The Laws of Motion

#5 - The Laws of Motion

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 17, 2014

A day out at a local hill climb track ends with one of the drivers killed in a car crash. When Father Brown will not stop investigating, an infuriated Sullivan resolves to put an end to his meddling for good.

star 7.91
198 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Sins of Others

#6 - 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 7.91
181 votes
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The Owl of Minerva

#7 - The Owl of Minerva

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 23, 2015

Father Brown is stunned to learn that Inspector Sullivan is wanted for murder.

star 7.89
167 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
Writers: Jude Tindall
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 7.89
246 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers:
The Prize of Colonel Gerard

#9 - The Prize of Colonel Gerard

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 15, 2014

Father Brown is unconvinced when a recently returned prisoner of war is suspected of the killing of his tyrannical uncle. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to keep the priest from the truth...

star 7.87
201 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Theatre of the Invisible

#10 - 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 7.86
168 votes
Directors: Bob Tomson
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The Honourable Thief

#11 - 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.

star 7.86
151 votes
The Daughters of Jerusalem

#12 - The Daughters of Jerusalem

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 13, 2014

Father Brown finds himself immobilised with a broken leg when a member of Kembleford's WI dies in mysterious circumstances. Can he crack the case armed only with a telescope and the gang to help?

star 7.86
216 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Flying Stars

#13 - The Flying Stars

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2013

Father Brown becomes embroiled with a theatrical family when he discovers that a supposed tragic drowning was actually murder.

star 7.85
378 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Tanganyika Green

#14 - 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 7.84
167 votes
Directors: Simon Gibney
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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 7.83
155 votes
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The Man in the Tree

#16 - The Man in the Tree

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 17, 2013

When Lady Felicia finds a stripped and injured man stuck up a tree, Sid is implicated as the perpetrator. Can Father Brown prove his innocence, or has Sid gone too far this time?

star 7.82
308 votes
Directors: Dominic Keavey
Writers: Rebecca Wojciechowski
The Mysteries of the Rosary

#17 - The Mysteries of the Rosary

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 10, 2014

The mysterious disappearance of an old friend sends Father Brown and Sid on a quest to find the mythical Lannington Rosary. However can an old adversary, back from the dead, be trusted to help?

star 7.82
212 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Rod of Asclepius

#18 - The Rod of Asclepius

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 11, 2016

Lady Felicia winds up in hospital after some reckless driving.

star 7.80
166 votes
The Labyrinth of the Minotaur

#19 - 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 7.79
234 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers:
The Shadow of the Scaffold

#20 - The Shadow of the Scaffold

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 9, 2014

When convicted killer Violet is given a temporary reprieve from the gallows, she begs Father Brown to prove her innocence. With only three days in hand, can he find the real culprit before it's too late?

star 7.79
210 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
The Face of the Enemy

#21 - The Face of the Enemy

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 5, 2018

Father Brown spies trouble when Lady Felicia returns to Kembleford.

star 7.79
143 votes
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The Tree of Truth

#22 - The Tree of Truth

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 18, 2017

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 7.79
185 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Eagle and the Daw

#23 - 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 7.78
184 votes
Directors: Gary Williams
Writers:
The Mask of the Demon

#24 - 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 7.78
188 votes
The Paradise of Thieves

#25 - The Paradise of Thieves

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 2015

Father Brown investigates when a dead man is found inside a locked bank vault.

star 7.78
201 votes
Directors: Diana Patrick
Writers: Rob Kinsman