Father Brown: Season 8

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of April 6, 2020

Tea Time Tidbit

The cast of Father Brown

It was good to see Nancy Carroll making an all too brief a return to Father Brown last week, when her character Lady Felicia Montague returned to the fictional village of Kembleford in the first episode in season eight of the series.

While Lady Felicia is probably the most popular character in Father Brown – not counting the title character of course – Mrs. McCarthy is also a viewer favorite. Sorcha Cusack, who plays the St. Mary’s parish secretary, comes from a large family of Irish actors, headed up by her now deceased parents, renowned Shakespearean actor Cyril Cusack and his wife Maureen. Sorcha’s three sisters are the actresses, Sinéad Cusack, Niamh Cusack and Catherine Cusack. Her brother-in-law, Sinead’s husband, is Jeremy Irons. Sorcha’s two brothers are producers.

The character of Father Brown, was first introduced to book readers in G. K. Chesterton’s The Innocence of Father Brown. It was penned way back in 1911 and Chesterton reportedly based his kindly detective on a priest he once met who through listening to confessions had acquired a deep understanding of human malevolence.

Chesterton’s describes Father Brown as having a face “as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling,” and it seems to me that no one fits that description better than Mark Williams. The 60-year-old actor has been entertaining audiences on both television and the big screen since 1982, when he appeared in the film Privileged, which was also the debut of actor Hugh Grant.

The success of Father Brown must have come as a surprise to the BBC, who initially began airing the show in the afternoons. It was so popular with viewers that it moved into prime time. The show’s success, at least according to Williams, are its stories. “You are being told a story in every episode,” says Williams. “That’s what people love. It’s like reading a comfortable novel.”

You can curl up with Father Brown on MPT on Thursday nights at 8pm.

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