Father Brown: The Hammer of God

The Innocence of Father BrownLast 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:

Mark Williams as Father Brown

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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4 Responses to Father Brown: The Hammer of God

  1. Looking forward to this show. Not being a Father Brown expert, I’m sure I won’t be as bothered as some by the changes to it – but I’ll probably read the stories after the episodes are aired.


  2. Skywatcher says:

    I’m also looking forward to this show. They’ve cast Father Brown very well, and it looks like it could be a very polished little production. There will changes, but I think that in this case it is probably necessary. There have been exceptions, but TV usually works best when you have a reasonably large regular cast and a ‘home’ where the characters return at the end of their adventures (The original episodes of the Suchet POIROT series do this very well). The literary version is like a clerical version of Simon Templar–always on the move. My only complaint is that the scheduling is very bizarre indeed–2.15 in the afternoon!!!! This seems more suited to the Sunday night spot.


  3. Fascinating that this is going to be a daytime show but actually may bode well in the sense that the more conversational and sedate style that the slot implies should suit the stories better – thanks for all the great info Rich!


  4. Sarah says:

    There’s some good crime stuff coming up on TV. Looking forward to this one in particular. I agree with Skywatcher though. A very bizarre time to show the programme.


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