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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Poirot, hello Father Brown!
Many of us are still in mourning after David Suchet twirled his moustache one final time and Poirot's last case came to an end.

But don't despair: there is life after he of the little grey cells - this series is simply wonderful! The BBC, endlessly mysterious in its workings, put this out on weekday lunchtimes when it would surely have got much bigger audiences...
Published 6 months ago by Dr. George L. Sik

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3.0 out of 5 stars All notes written in Dutch
Did not realise the cover notes and DVD subtitles were all written in Dutch? Next will avoid euro imports!
Tracks play OK so have kept set.
Published 23 days ago by james11


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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Poirot, hello Father Brown!, 3 Jan 2014
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Dr. George L. Sik (Epsom, Surrey) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 3 DVD Box Father Brown Complete Series 1 - BBC - Mark Williams - Region 2 - English Audio - European Import (DVD)
Many of us are still in mourning after David Suchet twirled his moustache one final time and Poirot's last case came to an end.

But don't despair: there is life after he of the little grey cells - this series is simply wonderful! The BBC, endlessly mysterious in its workings, put this out on weekday lunchtimes when it would surely have got much bigger audiences in the evening. If you haven't seen it, I can't recommend it highly enough, though it departs from G K Chesteron's Father Brown in a number of ways: it's set in the fifties in the Cotswolds, for one thing. There are several regular characters Chesterton never created and several of the stories are totally new, though some are based on the Father Brown originals to a greater or lesser extent.

These departures don't matter. What is captured here is the character of Father Brown and it's perfect. As the blurb points out: 'A good man. A good detective.' He is a warm, gentle soul but no soft touch - and the steel frequently shines though. His Catholicism is more to do with his gifts of empathy than Vatican dogma - I'm sure the bishops and cardinals would think of him as a rebel...and an unpredictable one too. Needless to say, Inspector Valentine (a nod to the Valentin of the original stories) thinks that! It's not unlike Poirot and Japp, but also deliciously different (Poirot was a tortured Catholic, especially when his morals were compromised like in Suchet's versions of Murder on the Orient Express and Curtain; Father Brown is a professional one, but you suspect he sleeps more easily. It's worth remembering that Chesterton actually BECAME a Catholic because he liked the character he had created so much!)

Everything about this production is glorious: the writing, the acting, the locations...the lot! Mark Williams is utterly compelling, leaving his portrayal of Mr Weasley behind...but not completely - he shares the honest wizard's warmth and sly humour.

Don't be put off by the Dutch packaging. It's all the original series in English (you can turn on Dutch subtitles if you feel so inclined). God knows why the BBC hasn't released this DVD in this country - but then the workings of the Beeb would probably baffle the Almighty Himself!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another hit from region 2!, 6 Feb 2014
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Father Brown has been done before, but when I saw that Mark Williams was cast in the role, I thought he would be perfect and he is. Even in regular DVD the scenery is beautiful (on a large screen no less) and the characters are intriguing, especially the basic cast. Having lived as a Catholic in the fifties (though across the pond) I don't see any errors in accuracy. I also love the pace and the lack of blood and gore. But I especially like Father Brown's concern for the soul of the murderer as well as the good guys. When this set came I sat down to watch it immediately because it was a blind buy. I watched six in a row. I hope they are doing more. It is items like this that make my purchase of a region free dvd player well worth it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father Brown, the best amateur sleuth since Miss Marple., 4 Feb 2014
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'Father Brown' is one of the best B.B.C. television series in a long while, I love everything about this series, from the opening titles and theme music, to the beautiful village and the programme's wonderful cast. The series stars Mark Williams, Sorcha Cusack, Nancy Carroll and Alex Price. The main characters are Father Brown (Williams), a non judgemental, local Catholic priest, who is something of an amateur sleuth and has a natural gift for solving murders, by his side is Mrs.McCarthy (Cusack), the gossipy, parish secretary, who on the surface appears a bit waspish, but is really kind hearted (and bakes a great batch of award winning strawberry scones), the wealthy Lady Felicia (Carroll), who has an eye for the men, (much to Mrs.McCarthy's horror) and Sid (Price), a bit of a petty criminal and an artful dodger. Each episode begins with peaceful, tranquil surroundings, however the tranquility is soon interupted by a murder, Inspector Valentine (Hugo Speer) arrives at the scene and a police investigation gets under way, meanwhile Father Brown, with his umbrella and trusty bicycle, starts his own investigating and soon solves the murder cases, much to the annoyance (combined with admiration) of Valentine and his replacement Inspector Sullivan (Tom Chambers). Episodes in this 'Father Brown' 3 DVD set include 'The Hammer of God', 'The Man in the Tree', 'The Bride of Christ', 'The Mayor and the Magician' and 'The Blue Cross'. In the episode 'The Mayor and the Magician', a murder occurs at the local fete and Mrs.McCarthy's husband Franc returns to the village, years after walking out on her. This episode belongs to Sorcha Cusack, who gives a superb and touching performance, as we learn of Mrs.McCarthy's past, that her christian name is Bridget and the true reason for Franc's return, we also learn that it is not just Father Brown, that Mrs.McCarthy is fond of, this fondness extends to Lady Felicia, fiercely defending her, when Franc calls Felicia a "hoity toity ice queen". After the huge success of the first series, glad to say a second series was made and broadcast, the B.B.C. have also repeated Series 1 and a Series 3 has been announced. Mark Williams is perfectly cast as Father Brown and i am so glad this lovely series has been released onto DVD and Blu ray. I recently bought ITV's 'Agatha Christie's Marple', starring Geraldine McEwan & Julia McKenzie on Blu ray and the picture is beautiful, 'Father Brown' is the best amateur sleuth since Miss Marple.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About time!!! But why not give us series 1 and 2 in a boxed set together?, 12 Feb 2014
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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful series., 13 Nov 2013
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This review is from: 3 DVD Box Father Brown Complete Series 1 - BBC - Mark Williams - Region 2 - English Audio - European Import (DVD)
A delightful series, brilliant acting and casting. Mark Williams is perfect in the role of Father Brown.
In the Morse or Marple league.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Williams is the Father Brown., 10 Dec 2013
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This review is from: 3 DVD Box Father Brown Complete Series 1 - BBC - Mark Williams - Region 2 - English Audio - European Import (DVD)
I have been watching this series on television on this side of the Pond (North America). Williams has the perfect balance of wit, humor, facial expression, gate, and speech for this role. Productions are well acted by all and most enjoyable. They are also taped in appropriate locations giving the episodes further definition and color. I look forward to seeing other episodes and hope they continue for years to come.3 DVD Box Father Brown Complete Series 1 - BBC - Mark Williams - Region 2 - English Audio - European Import
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All notes written in Dutch, 2 July 2014
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Did not realise the cover notes and DVD subtitles were all written in Dutch? Next will avoid euro imports!
Tracks play OK so have kept set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GENTLE DETECTION & SAVING OF SOULS, 19 May 2014
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This review is from: 3 DVD Box Father Brown Complete Series 1 - BBC - Mark Williams - Region 2 - English Audio - European Import (DVD)
A cosy series picturesquely set in the 1950s. Amiable Father Brown with his faith, umbrella and bicycle solves various village mysteries - well ahead of Inspector Valentine who spends most of each episode being wrong.

Others more knowledgeable may comment (if they so wish) on how the show compares with G.K. Chesterton's original stories and earlier screen adaptations. Judged on its own merits, this version is agreeable enough. It owes much to Mark Williams as Father Brown, he usually so mild and tolerant but once or twice exhibiting awesome wrath. However heinous the crime, his prime aim is for the perpetrator to make peace with God, not to suffer the eternal damnation otherwise assured. Hugo Speer has his moments as the exasperated inspector. ("What is it with that priest! I don't turn up on Sunday to give his sermon.") Sorcha Cusack as busybody Parish Secretary Mrs. McCarthy is around for comic relief. (Some viewers may find her smallminded and tiresome.) More appealing is Alex Price as slightly dodgy young Sid, ever rising to the occasion when called upon to do so.

Ten episodes of around forty minutes. No extras.

The crimes will not exactly tax brains of the genre's fans, but it is good to be proved right when the culprit is revealed.

In short, pleasant enough without exactly exerting itself. This will suit many as, indeed, it does me - here a welcome alternative to ubiquitous crime shows so dour, fast-paced and hardhitting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it, 2 May 2014
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Came across this series by accident. If you love Marple, Poirot, Midsomer Murders etc you'll love this. Brilliant acting, great story lines and characters. Highly recommended, can't wait for series 2 out in the summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual puzzles gently brought to life, 15 Feb 2014
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My goodness is this an excellent series. Superlative acting from Mark Williams and gentle, intellectual puzzles. None of that hateful violence that so many detective series are ruined with. Quite the best and I include the German version starring Ottfried Fischer which is again an intellectual puzzle of the gentle nature with humour thrown in.

Strongly reccommended. Bring on series 2.
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