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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Poirot, hello Father Brown!, 3 Jan 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)
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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Initial post: 31 Jan 2014 14:06:09 GMT
hi will region 2 work over here on a Blu-ray player please thanks hope u can help

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014 15:03:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2014 15:04:36 GMT
Yes indeed, if you are in the UK or anywhere in Europe, just not in America. I have a BluRay player myself.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 13:56:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2014 13:56:55 BDT
r. stager says:
I love the old Father Brown series, but you make the new sound excellent as well. Will look into it. In the meantime, I love your humor regarding the Beeb, and appreciate the data on Chesterton. He surely leapt into the subject (Catholicism) whole hog once he went, becoming a great apologist. Hadn't known what caused it. Similar to C.S. Lewis re Anglicanism.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 14:02:28 BDT
Yes indeed. It is fascinating when authors become so attached to their fictional characters or worlds that they decide to emulate them. I guess it's surprising that J K Rowling never became a witch or Conan-Doyle a coke addict!
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