Father Brown

Season 1 Episode 1

The Hammer of God

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 1974 on ITV
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A retired colonel, who has been having an adulterous affair, is found dead, his head caved in, with the blacksmith's hammer left nearby. The police have several suspects, but can Father Brown, a visiting priest with a fondness for puzzles, solve the mystery?

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  • When things were allowed to go slow.

    Made in 1974 this episode proves to be a good example of a Chesterton story and of television drama of that era. The location work looks filmic; with the studio scenes you feel as if you're watching a stage play. The dialogue can be very witty, sometimes a tad too witty to be realistic. (Then again, everything that comes out of Graham Crowden's mouth sounds clever or sarcastic.) The pace is relaxed and the story complex enough to keep you interested without being confusing. The first half sets up the murder, giving the major characters a motive to commit the crime. Once the crime has been committed, it's just a matter of weeding out all the false theories.

    Father Brown, as played by Kenneth More, closely resembles Miss Marple. Don't be fooled by his quiet demeanour, he notices everything. At the same time he is very believable as a real priest. I'm not sure if that's Chesterton's achievement or More's.

    The show did not rely on spectacular story lines. I don't think I would be the only viewer who could guess the outcome before Father Brown explained it to the police.moreless

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    • Simeon Barnes: You've got a preacher coming up from London. One of them Jesuits.
      Elizabeth Barnes: So?
      Simeon Barnes: From London! Well, at least he'll know what hell is like.

    • Reverend Bohun: I believe it is common knowledge that my brother and I are not on friendly terms. Whatever he may have done, I cannot be held responsible.
      Mrs Deveraux: Do you mean you're not his keeper? A strange sentiment for one of your calling, Mr Bohun.

    • Father Brown: Do you know, Vicar, I have a passion for old churches. We don't have any, at least not in this country. Thanks to Henry VIII we had to start all over again from scratch. I often think while we have the best Church, you have the best churches. It's very annoying.

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