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on 29 January 2016
I am old enough to remember Kenneth More as Father Brown. He had a gentle charm and physical attractiveness that Mark Williams cannot quite match, and this may be why I have reservations about this series. I do like Williams' portrayal of the sleuthing priest and I love the moral and spiritual content of the series. The recurring characters have distinctiveness and humanity and provide gentle humour, even if they are a tiny bit predictable. Father Brown seems a little deadpan and withdrawn for a beloved priest. I'd like to see him being a bit more fatherly and to make eye contact with his parishioners a bit more often, but he does have the right blend of eccentricity, goodness and slight ridiculousness, as well as dogged determination.
The length of each of the ten episodes means that the stories do not have great depth or complexity - how can they, when they must be solved in 45 minutes? Nevertheless, I do love them, as well as the period atmosphere of a simpler age (the early 1050s, which I remember from my early childhood) and the stunning vistas of the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire. I came to the series late, because I don't watch television in the afternoon unless I am ill. Eventually, I was ill! I watched these episodes end-to-end and was captivated. Glad there are more to watch! Some episodes are more convincing than others, but then what has realism to do with it?
I've been to all the villages where the series is filmed (Sudely, Upper Slaughter, Winchcombe, Blockley), which adds interest as I try to place where filming took place. Archetypically English, it is gentle and embraces traditional values and so, despite the murders, it seems a charmingly secure world. That is much of its pleasure.