Lady Felicia knows the Hollywood star Rex Bishop who is in Kembleford filming a "B" movie The Brides of the Demon. He invites Father Brown and Mrs McCarthy, a fan of Bishop, to view the filming. Tensions are evident between the film's participants, the director, his actress wife, a starlet, Rex Bishop, and the writer. The director is found dead wearing a demon's mask and Inspector Mallory does not appreciate Father Brown's help.
Sid falls for Grace Fitzgerald, the married heiress to a brewery, and is her alibi when Mallory arrests her for murdering her father in a fire. Fitzgerald, refusing to use Sid as an alibi, asks Father Brown to search for the real killer and he uncovers evidence that Fitzgerald's husband and her younger sister killed the father. The suicide and a note left by another lover of Fitzgerald complicates the issue as he had been sacked by her husband when he caught them kissing.
Retired hangman Henry Lee is poisoned the day after Iris Lightman, mother of his last victim, claims her son was innocent and had told Henry the name of the real murderer, who apparently killed himself afterwards. Iris is arrested but Father Brown works out not only the real poisoner but evidence of corruption in high places.
Father Brown is apprehensive when he receives an invitation to a party given by the recently-released Uncle Mirth, a former music hall comedian whom Brown helped put in an asylum. When Brown and the other invitees arrive at the venue, a derelict warehouse, he and Mirth's brother find envelopes containing their death certificates. Inspector Mallory finds another death certificate for a second brother who had died of a heart attack outside the presbytery the previous day.
Marianne is kidnapped from Oxford University by Nero Hound, an enemy of her estranged father Flambeau. Meanwhile it's reported that the Pope's Coronation gift to the Queen will visit Gloucester en-route to Buckingham Palace.
Lady Felicia's reckless driving lands her and Mrs McCarthy in adjoining hospital beds. A new admittance to the ward dies the following morning on the operating table. A nurse claims it is murder and is found dead the same afternoon, forcing Inspector Mallory to do more than his initial cursory investigation. Father Brown, once Sid makes it past the officious substitute Parish Secretary and notifies him of developments, follows a different line of inquiry and Lady Felicia and Mrs McCarthy's snooping put the latter in danger on the same operating table.
Airman Ned LeBroc returns after eight years away, allegedly as a spy, only to discover his wife Meg, assuming he was dead, is marrying his brother Geoffrey. Daughter Millie is pleased to see him, unlike his wing commander father, who regards him as a deserter and coward. When Ned is shot dead Mallory arrests Meg but a card found in Ned's possession leads Father Brown to an unusual club which reveals Ned's secret life and the circumstances of his death.
After young baker Alexander Moore dies in an accident his corpse is stolen from the graveyard and discovered on the premises of undertaker Peter Blackstone, father of Alexander's secret girlfriend Catherine, who is in a feud with his mother Ruth. though he denies taking it. Father Brown realizes that Alexander had faked his own death but that something went wrong. In establishing how and why he uncovers a family secret dating back many years.
Father Brown investigates when the son of a local aeronautics magnate is murdered, while Lady Felicia loses her singing voice.
Haiti, night. At a frenetic ceremony Voodoo Priest Emmanuel summons the spirit of the dead Baron Samdi, who takes possession of a female vodouisant. Emmanuel wants Baron Samdi's blessing to do something worse than death to the Englishman that stole his love...Sometime later a jazz band are stranded in Kembleford, comprising of Haitian singer Yveline, saxophonist Joseph, his son and bassist Tommy and Caribbean drummer Lloyd. B&B owners turn them away but a passing Father Brown is only too happy to let them stay at the presbytery, much to Mrs McCarthy's chagrin. When Emmanuel finds them there to take back Yveline Joseph stands his ground and claims they're getting married. Later that night Father Brown wakes to the sound of breaking glass. Everyone converges in the kitchen, where they find a dead chicken on the floor, it's throat cut. Yveline is certain this is a warning...
Canon Fox (Roger May) pays a visit to inform Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) that the Duke of Frome, John Langton (Ray Coulthard) will be attending Christmas Mass at St Mary's. This year the Bishop wants everything done by the book and Canon Fox will be there to make sure it all goes to plan... Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll) is delighted to welcome her cousin the Duke, his wife Diana (Zannah Hodson) and baby David to stay at Montague. Later at the Yuletide ball Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) is informed that the infant is missing. With a ladder against the nursery window, the Inspector surmises that the baby has been kidnapped; all they can do now is wait. Can Father Brown find the child in time for Christmas?
An intruder enters Lady Felicia's (Nancy Carroll) bedroom, snapping on the light to reveal her niece Bunty (Emer Kenny). She's gone on the run after being photographed with a married man - can she stay with her favourite aunt? Felicia asks Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) to look after Bunty while she attends business in London. They visit Davina, Lady Malmort (Frances Barber) to see how wayward girl Ruby (Caitlin Drabble) is faring as the new maid. Davina's son Bobby (Ed Cooper Clarke) is thrilled to see Bunty, insisting she stay for dinner. That night Bunty finds Ruby in her room trying on a stole, which Bunty gives to her. The next morning Bunty discovers Ruby's crumpled body outside and when Bunty's bloodstained stole is found, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) arrests her as the prime suspect...
Father Brown struggles to promote understanding when a group of pagans are suspected of killing one of their own.
Father Brown (Mark Williams) drops into Chedworth Boxing Club and sees London gangster Dennis Nelson (Martin Kemp) set Jeb (Chris Gordon) up for a crack at the Southern Area Belt at Cheltenham Town Hall. As Dennis leaves, washed up fighter Roy (Nicholas Cass) begs him for a fight but all Dennis can offer is some door work. As the big fight approaches Roy angrily spars with Jeb and blood is drawn. Trainer Teddy (Bill Fellows) smells the whisky on Roy's breath and tells him he's finished at the club. At the Red Lion, Father Brown and Bunty (Emer Kenny) observe a bookie's runner collecting bets - there's plenty of money on Jeb to win. The next morning Father Brown and Teddy discover Roy's body at the bottom of the stairs at the boxing club. When the police find blood upstairs a murder inquiry is opened... with Jeb as the prime suspect.
As notorious author Lucia Morrell (Hetty Baynes) shouts at some removal men outside her new house, a vase is dropped on her head from high above... Bunty is shocked to hear about the attack - Lucia said in an interview she would reveal who Lulu, her sadistic former lover, was based upon in her next novel so perhaps someone was trying to protect their identity? Father Brown (Mark Williams) studies a list of 20 possible options and deduces that Lulu is most likely Lady Ursula. Meanwhile Lucia visits Lady Ursula (Carol Royle) and asks for money as she can't get a publishing deal. Lucia threatens to tell her son James (Kris Olsen) about their sordid past but Lady Ursula threatens her - she knows what she's capable of. Later when Father Brown and Bunty arrive at Lucia's they learn that not only has she been murdered, but that her hand has been chopped off...
Father Brown (Mark Williams) visits a women's prison to hear confession from Katharine (Kate O'Flynn) a woman waiting to be hanged for the murder of her husband. Under the seal of the confessional she tells him that she's arranged the death of her former lover, Raymond (Benjamin Fisher). Was that terribly naughty of her? Father Brown visits Raymond only to be startled by a gunshot - revealed to be Raymond scaring away an eagle. Raymond is packing up to leave Kembleford and entrusts Father Brown with a revolver inside a wooden box. His feelings of shame about Katharine give him dark thoughts and he doesn't trust himself with it. Father Brown crosses paths with Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam), on his way to investigate the gunshot, who observes the gun box. When the Inspector finds Raymond's body with a bullet wound to the head, he only has one suspect in mind...
Father Brown (Mark Williams) arrives at a police event and runs into Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) who clashes with his former boss DCI Webb (Colin Mace). Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) is shocked to see dioramas of murder scenes - what sick mind comes up with something like this? Wilber Lesser (David Yelland) says his daughter Agnes (Mariah Gale) does, as a teaching tool in the art of crime detection, they're remarkable. Later Agnes takes Father Brown to her workshop and shows him a diorama depicting the death of her mother, who fell down the stairs. When Agnes displays it for all to see, Wilbur loses his temper. As everyone files away DCI Webb, who was the original investigating officer, spots something in the diorama and takes it. Soon after he's found dead, a carpenter's awl stabbed into his chest. With blood found on his coat, the prime suspect is Inspector Mallory himself, who is arrested for murder...
Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) is delighted to have her daughter Joselyn (Eva Feiler) visit but Father Brown (Mark Williams) suspects there's something untoward about her unscheduled appearance. Meanwhile at The Crimson Feather club, manager Maurice (William Travis) lends some money to one of his dancers, Verity (Letty Butler). She's going to be a very busy girl paying it off... The next morning Mrs McCarthy finds that Joselyn has disappeared - only a note and long red feather remain. Bunty (Emer Kenny) examines the feather and says that one place springs to mind... Bunty infiltrates the club and is employed as a dancer, spotting Joselyn inside. Father Brown manages to persuade Maurice to let him have a word with her but in her dressing room they find Verity's dead body. Janek (Peter Stark) a polish bouncer stands over her with bloodied hands, but is he really responsible for her death?
As Father Brown (Mark Williams) approaches Kembleford's mobile library, Ada (Holly Bodimeade) emerges to ask for help. Margaret (Elizabeth Berrington) lies under a pile of books, pinned beneath a metal shelving unit. Father Brown is relieved to find that she's still alive. With Margaret now safe in bed, Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) insists that she help in the mobile library until Margaret's better. Her husband Graham (Andrew Greenough) shows them out through his photography shop, bumping into his scruffy assistant Lewis (Thomas Pickles). Later Lewis tells Father Brown that he has a secret in the confessional, before running out. That night Graham and Margaret are woken by crashing below. Downstairs, Graham swings a cricket bat in the dark and it connects with a sickening thud. When he turns the lights on, Lewis lies at his feet, dead. Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) believes it's reasonable self-defence but Father Brown suspects it's not quite that simple...
Professor Ambrose (James Laurenson) goes to see his old friend Father Brown (Mark Williams) to ask for help - he's been followed ever since he came into possession of the diary of the university's architect. It claims that the location of the alchemist's secret is hidden in a riddle - the key to the lock to the door. Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) and Bunty (Emer Kenny) accompany them to Gloucester University where Principal Malcolm (Danny Webb) allows student Timothy (Richard Southgate) to borrow a ceremonial key. When the absent minded Professor goes missing, Father Brown sees if he's with Timothy. He's saddened to find Timothy's body in his bedroom, his head bashed in with a polo mallet. When the key that Timothy took turns up in the Professor's room, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) arrests him for murder, leaving Father Brown determined to prove his innocence.
Recently released from prison, Sid buys a gun outside his caravan. The next day Father Brown reunites Sid with Bunty (Emer Kenny) and Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), who insists on cooking him a hot meal. When Sid leaves suddenly, Father Brown follows him to a function where Edward Reece (Simon Shepherd) is honouring his latest judicial appointee Giles (David Reed). Sid confronts Giles, his former defence barrister, accusing him of burying a witness statement which suggests that his supposed victim of assault was coerced into incriminating Sid. Edward sees the commotion and orders Sid and Father Brown off the property. But Sid runs back and as Father Brown follows a scream is heard. Giles has been killed, a broken champagne glass in his throat. When Edward's son Randolph (Alex Felton) tells Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) that Sid did it, Sid is quickly arrested. Can Father Brown clear his name this time?
Father Brown (Mark Williams) accompanies Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) to a heat for the BBC Radio Quiz 'Up To You' in the village hall. Producer Jeremy ushers them through, where Richie (Arthur Bostrom) is the announcer, Joyce (Jessica Turner) sings the theme tune and Barney (John Henshaw) is the ebullient quizmaster. Curmudgeonly landlady Mrs Rudge (Lynda Baron) is unfairly eliminated while Bunty (Emer Kenny) and Mrs McCarthy sail though to go head to head on the live show next week. Afterwards at her boarding house, Mrs Rudge is vile to the BBC cast and reveals she's even read Richie's salacious diary. Later when Jeremy returns with Bunty they're shocked to find the guesthouse on fire. As Mrs Rudge's corpse is removed, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) pronounces it an accident but when Father Brown looks closer he finds a device in the chimney designed to block it. Mrs Rudge was murdered.. .
Father Brown (Mark Williams) welcomes Aldous (Richard Huw) and his daughter Grace (Pepter Lunkuse) to Kembleford, who are visiting for the County Fair. They've recently moved from Tanganyika and are on the lookout for a medical school for Grace. Excited about the antiques marquee, Mrs McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) can't wait to have her heirloom broach valued. At the Red Lion, Bunty (Emer Kenny) offers a room at Montague to antiques expert Wynford (Miles Jupp) who isn't happy with the accommodation at the inn. The next morning Grace finds her father's body the floor of his room. As Father Brown comforts her, Inspector Mallory (Jack Deam) arrests Grace, accusing her of giving her father sleeping pills that interfered with his malaria medication, after she found out that he could no longer fund her education. Father Brown however believes Grace's grief is genuine and is determined to find the real culprit...
Father Brown's divine inspiration is called upon when Kembleford comes under threat of an alien invasion.
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