The British Detective Series You Should Be Watching Now
It’s based on a series of stories by G.K. Chesterton.
Everyone can appreciate a good detective story. It's even better if that story takes place in a sleepy English village populated with a quirky cast of characters. The latest crime-solving period drama of that sort claiming its place in our queues is Father Brown. The television show is based on a series of short stories by G.K. Chesterton that follow the adventures of, who else?, the eponymous mystery-solving priest.
Father Brown premiered on the BBC in 2013 and is currently in its seventh season. It stars Mark Williams as the titular Father Brown, a Roman Catholic priest who also has a knack for solving crimes. Father Brown is not only the parish priest; he’s also a World War I veteran with a balance of smarts and humor. Williams previously appeared in the films 101 Dalmations, The Borrowers, and Shakespeare in Love. He also appeared in the television series Doctor Who and as wizard patriarch Arthur Weasley in The Harry Potter Series.
The Father Brown series takes place in the 1950s and is set in the sleepy village of Kembleford in the Cotswolds area of England. It also stars Sorcha Cusack (Coronation Street, A Discovery of Witches) as Mrs. McCarthy, John Burton (Coronation Street, EastEnders) as Sergeant Goodfellow, Nancy Carroll (Will, Midsomer Murders) as Lady Felicia, Alex Price (Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who) as Sid Carter, Hugo Speer (Britannia, Bedlam) as Inspector Valentine, Tom Chambers (Waterlood Road, Emmerdale) as Inspector Sullivan, and Jack Deam (Shameless, Casualty) as Inspector Gerry Mallory.
You can find Father Brown available to stream via Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. This isn’t the only television adaptation of Father Brown out there, though. Chesterton’s stories were also adapted into a Father Brown series starring Kenneth More that aired for one season in 1974. That one is a bit harder to stream, though fans can find it with a bit of searching.
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Are you already watching Father Brown or do you plan to tune in as soon as you can? Let us know what you think of it!