Fa­ther Brown

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 7.30pm, ABC1 If from the ti­tle you are ex­pect­ing some­thing along the lines of Rev. or The Vicar of Di­b­ley, for­get it. The open­ing mo­ments of the de­but episode of this drama se­ries about a 1950s priest who is also a dab hand at solv­ing crimes have more in com­mon with the The Draughts­man’s Con­tract than Geral­dine Granger and her amus­ing choco­late crav­ings. But then Fa­ther Brown is not with­out a cer­tain Miss Marple whimsy. Based on a char­ac­ter who ap­peared in 51 sto­ries by GK Ch­ester­ton, Fa­ther Brown is played by Mark Wil­liams (Harry Pot­ter, Doc­tor Who). Cu­ri­ously we know more about what led to the crime in this de­but episode than any­one, but we don’t ac­tu­ally know who dun­nit. Could the young black­smith’s wife have killed the man who was co­erc­ing her into sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, or is that too ob­vi­ous? Nat­u­rally only Fa­ther Brown can find out.

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