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Father Brown Series 1 [DVD] [2013]

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  • Actors: Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, Nancy Carroll, Alex Price, Hugo Speer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Spirit Entertainment Limited
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 486 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I480QBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

All ten episodes from the first series of the TV drama starring Mark Williams as the eponymous character created by English writer G.K. Chesterton. Set in the 1950s in the fictional village of Kembleford, the series follows Roman Catholic priest Father Brown who has a knack for solving crimes. He is assisted by parish secretary Bridgette McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) and is often a source of frustration for the local police. The episodes are: 'The Hammer of God', 'The Flying Stars', 'The Wrong Shape', 'The Man in the Tree', 'The Eye of Apollo', 'The Bride of Christ', 'The Devil's Dust', 'The Face of Death', 'The Mayor and the Magician' and 'The Blue Cross'.

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The sheer quality of G. K. Chesterton's writing sets a mighty challenge for film or TV treatment, and this BBC series rises to this challenge quite well. Mark Wiliams, perhaps a surprising choice for Chesterton's shrewd priest, grows into the part as the series progresses.

The main weakness with this series is that, instead of following the books in placing each story in a different location, Brown is anchored instead in a Cotswold village with a constant cast. One has to wonder, for instance, quite how often Inspector Valentine (Hugo Speer) really would go on making mistaken arrests before entrusting matters to Father Brown from the start. This many murders in a single village would be the stuff of headlines! Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) takes nosiness and gossip beyond the level of realism, though the rest of the cast is solid.

This said, the technical production is excellent, the nostalgic portrayal of the 1950s isn't over-done, and the plots, though not of Chestertonian ingenuity, are clever, making this four-star entertainment.

We are still in wait, though, for someone who can supply Fatherr Brown with the kind of definitive portrayal that Jeremy Brett accorded to Sherlock Holmes.

One final point - do read the books, which are quite superb.
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mark Williams is just FANTASTIC in this series,
i will be honest as i wasn't a fan of his until I saw him in father brown!.
my brother {who I got this dvd for} & I never miss father brown now we are addicted.
it's a brilliant show & mr Williams is very funny in it & plays the role perfectly.
would recommend this to anyone as it's a mild murder drama that isn't gory,it also has a very witty & comic side to it too!
GREAT.LOVE IT LOADS!!!!!.:).
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What a superb series. is there going to be series 4 ? fingers crossed. My wife an i live quite near to the locations that are used for filming
so you can also see our interest. Mark Williams is one of my favourite actors and to my mind he plays the part better than anyone else
who has played Father Brown. Please show again on prime time TV i am sure it will draw a lot more viewers.Please Please series 4.
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Charming sums this up, easy to watch, good cast, lovely and relaxing
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Great detective series set in the 1950's. Good stories and well acted. Each episode is about an hour.
Mark Williams is an excellent choice of actor for the main character, and Sorcha Cuscak is great as the busy body parish secretary.
It was a shame that Inspector Valentine played by Hugo Spear was only in the first series - he got promoted and is replaced by a new DI played by Tom Chambers.
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Wonderful series that has a tongue firmly in its cheek, this is the kind of drama that the BBC should be showing in prime-time slots in the evening rather than the bulk of the rubbish that fills prime-time airwaves.

Whilst welcoming this first series (shown in January 2013) and shelling out nearly £20, you just know that within a few months series 2 will be out (another £20) ...on the same day as the series 1 and 2 boxed set will appear at around £30 or £35 (cheaper than buying the two individual series).

Since series 2 has finished showing on the BBC already, why don't they just release the series 1 and 2 boxed set now? Oh .....!!! Yes!!! I forgot the "milk the public for every £1 you can get out of them".

Five stars for the series, but loses a star from me because the BBC sees us gullible fans of the series as cash cows.
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If you've enjoyed reading G K Chesterton you'll be disappointed with this series and if you haven't read Chesterton you ought still to be disappointed.

The Father Brown stories were written in order to advancing arguments for , or at least explain, Catholic teaching.

For the most part the plots are of little consequence - in fact they are sometimes even trivial.

But ,as one literary critic put it,you are liable to find an idea which will force you to stop and think through on almost every page.So, this is not the sort of material which lends itself to adaptation for a TV series.

I found Mark Williams' interpretation of the Father Brown character irritating. He is presented as, if not exactly prissy, then almost effete and unlike any Catholic priest that I've ever met - a sort of agnostics caricature of an Anglican parson.

The setting is transposed from the 20's or 30's to the 50's. I have no problem with that.

However, (and I don't know who is to blame for it - is it the producer/director or the script writer or the actors' improvisations?) the whole production displays a woeful ignorance of both Catholic culture and practice.
Catholic would not - especially in the 1950's- dip their fingers into a tart for a taste on their way to mass ( they'd have to refrain from going to communion if they did that) and no Catholic priest EVER stands in the entrance of a church greeting people on arrival - going out yes, but going in, never! I could give more examples but what is the point?

Let me just say that if you are are Catholic you'll find the series irritating and if you're not a Catholic then the series will reinforce whatever prejudices you might have.

I'd have given the series a much lower star rating but for the fact that ,quite inexplicably in my view, so many others have given it 5 stars. So in deference to them, I must accept that it must has some charm that I did not see..
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