The Best Episodes of Father Brown (2013)

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2019

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 8.19
91 votes
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The Penitent Man

#2 - 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 8.05
154 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Sins of Others

#3 - 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 8.01
150 votes
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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 7.99
137 votes
Directors: Simon Gibney
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The Great Train Robbery

#5 - The Great Train Robbery

Season 7 - Episode 1

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

star 7.94
51 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Star of Jacob

#6 - 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
203 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Daughters of Jerusalem

#7 - 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 7.91
128 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
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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
132 votes
Directors: Bob Tomson
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The Kembleford Dragon

#9 - 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 7.89
120 votes
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The Owl of Minerva

#10 - 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 7.89
110 votes
Directors: Matt Carter
Writers: Jude Tindall
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The Sacrifice of Tantalus

#11 - The Sacrifice of Tantalus

Season 7 - Episode 6

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

star 7.87
39 votes
The Eagle and the Daw

#12 - 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
153 votes
Directors: Gary Williams
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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 7.85
123 votes
Directors: John Greening
Writers: Jude Tindall
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The Rod of Asclepius

#14 - The Rod of Asclepius

Season 4 - Episode 6

Lady Felicia winds up in hospital after some reckless driving.

star 7.83
134 votes
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The Mysteries of the Rosary

#15 - 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 7.82
120 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
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The Mask of the Demon

#16 - 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
147 votes
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The Shadow of the Scaffold

#17 - 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 7.80
123 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
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The Passing Bell

#18 - The Passing Bell

Season 7 - Episode 2

A new musical director for the bell-ringers of St Marys leads to discord, disharmony and the blood-curdling sound of murder.

star 7.80
51 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
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The Labyrinth of the Minotaur

#19 - 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 7.80
195 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Tree of Truth

#20 - 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 7.80
140 votes
Directors: Paul Gibson
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The Jackdaw's Revenge

#21 - 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 7.80
115 votes
Directors: Gary Williams
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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 7.80
133 votes
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The Cat of Mastigatus

#23 - The Cat of Mastigatus

Season 6 - Episode 8

Father Brown investigates when a girl is found left for dead at a boys' school fete.

star 7.79
102 votes
Directors: Piotr Szkopiak
Writers: Mark Hiser, Bridget Colgan
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The Smallest of Things

#24 - 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
156 votes
Directors: Bob Tomson
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The Prize of Colonel Gerard

#25 - 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 7.77
114 votes
Directors: Ian Barber
Writers: Rachel Flowerday
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