Tom Chambers

Father Brown S3 (BBC One) [2015]

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You know that Christmas and New Year are well and truly over when you see Father Brown return to the daytime TV schedules in time to provide a warm and cosy pick-me-up to help us through the post-holiday slump and the cold grey days of January gloom that follow.

Father BrownMark William’s take on GK Chesterton’s Father Brown first appeared on our screens back in 2013 and these days seems to be going from strength to strength. Its season order has been upped from 10 to 15 episodes for this latest run which is also now getting distribution in the US, and whereas it took the first run over a year to be grudgingly released to the home entertainment market this time season 3 will be hitting the DVD shelves the minute the show finishes its latest run on BBC One. All of which are strong indicators that Father Brown is doing very nicely, thank you very much.

There’s another sign of a new confidence in the show on display in the very first episode of the third season, which features a complex swooping crane shot over the top of a train station and between two trains pulling in at the platform, the kind of thing that any evening drama would be right in feeling very pleased with itself for pulling off. Otherwise however there’s little discernible change to the show this year compared with its sophomore outing in 2014, and for that reason I find I have absolutely nothing to add review-wise to the words I penned 12 months ago and which you can read here.

However, the one useful update that I can bring you is an episode guide for season 3 with pen sketch reviews of each of the new stories airing in 2015: Read the rest of this entry »

Father Brown S2 (BBC One) [2014]

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While die hard purist fans of GK Chesterton might not all agree, I’ve been very pleased to see his Father Brown creation return in a second eponymous season of ten episodes in the daytime BBC One schedule.

fatherbrownStory-wise I think we’ll just say that the show has veered off from any genuine fidelity to Chesterton’s original short stories in favour of the TV production practicalities of giving the priest a stable base in the Cotswolds and a recurring supporting ensemble cast. If you can get around these liberties then what you’re left with is a very nice and pleasant cosy murder mystery series, albeit one that actually has more heart and head under the surface than you’d usually expect from such apparently easy-going fare. Read the rest of this entry »