Last year I got very excited about the forthcoming BBC adaptation of G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories, which is due appear on British TV this month. I ran a short series of story reviews, picking the ones I felt most likely to be televised:
And guess what? I only got one right (‘The Blue Cross’). When I interviewed the BBC Producer Ceri Meyrick, she revealed which stories had been filmed: ‘The Eye of Apollo’, ‘The Hammer of God’, ‘The Wrong Shape’ and ‘The Flying Stars’.
‘The Hammer of God’ is up first, and will be shown in the UK on Monday 14 January at 2.15-3.00pm on BBC One. Here’s the BBC’s information:
Father Brown (Mark Williams) attends a tea party to celebrate a new church clock tower, presided over by his friend Reverend Bohun (Adam Astill). However, the serene atmosphere is shattered when his caddish brother Norman (Sam Hoare) arrives, riling most of the guests. Just after the bells sound for the first time Norman’s body is found behind the church, the back of his head hit by a hammer found lying nearby. The local blacksmith Simeon (Barry Sloane) is immediately suspected but his wife Elizabeth, (Bryony Afferson) guilty about having relations with Norman, confesses to the crime and is arrested by Inspector Valentine (Hugo Speer). Reverend Bohun implores Father Brown to find out the truth. At the police station Elizabeth confesses that she’s innocent, however until the real culprit is caught, she won’t speak up. Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows…
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