Father Brown on the BBC

January 24, 2013

I’ve just learned that a new television series based on Chesterton’s Father Brown stories has been made by the BBC. The ten episodes of the first (only?) season have aired over the past two weeks.

I am not a huge enthusiast for the Father Brown stories, but I’ll probably make an effort to see a bit of this. Episodes can apparently (I haven’t tried it) be viewed online for another week or so.

Does it seem odd to anyone else that all ten episodes have aired in the space of just a couple of weeks? Is that a normal thing in the UK? Here in the colonies episodes would normally air on a weekly basis.

Anyway, if anyone has seen the programme and cares to offer an opinion, I’d be interested to hear it.

All of this reminds me that I forgot to post something at The Hebdomadal Chesterton this week. I’d best head over there now.

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6 Responses to “Father Brown on the BBC”


  1. I think it’s probably because it’s an afternoon series, so they’ve treated it just as one short mini series rather than the way that they would do an evening series which would be as you suggest. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of the series so far, although many of the episodes seem to bear no relation to the original stories.

  2. cburrell Says:

    Ah, I didn’t know it was airing in the afternoon. That gives it, I imagine, a pretty low profile. Too bad to hear that the stories are only loosely connected to Chesterton’s originals. Still, I am going to try an episode or two.


    • The few episodes I’ve seen I thought it was a bit disappointing that they’re not airing later, as I thought they were good fun. The last episode that’s airing today does at least have a title I recognise, so perhaps this is more faithful to the original.

  3. Gina Says:

    Interesting! I’ve just been watching the movie from 1954, and now I’m wondering if anyone could possibly play the role better than Alec Guinness!

  4. cburrell Says:

    Yes, I am wondering that too! I quite enjoyed that movie when i saw it a few years ago.


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