Father Brown is a British period drama featuring Mark Williams as the titular priest. The episodes are based on the original stories by GK Chesterton.
Set in the 1950s and in a fictional village in Cotswold called Kimleford, Father Brown is the parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Brown finds himself embroiled in mysterious crimes that he then solves, much to the consternation of the local police inspector, who is notoriously poor at his job. Brown is prepared to use the skills of his close friends when they are implicated in a case. His insights as a priest are also often useful in solving the crimes. Though the law itself is not always served, justice is always done.
The time period allows for a time of regrowth after the second World War, so the British people are beleaguered but hopeful. It makes for an interesting backdrop to small town crimes, especially when they become capital crimes.
As the latest incarnation of a very popular series of books and previous BBC series, Father Brown enjoys positive reviews and continued success. The bucolic nature of the setting and affable nature of Brown belies the often dangerous high stakes of the criminal investigations.
If you’re already a fan of Chesterton’s work or enjoy the police procedural format applied to unique situations, then Father Brown is the show for you.