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FATHER BROWN: Series Two

Airs Saturdays, April 12-June 21, 2014 (except Sat. June 7) at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Mrs. McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), Lady Felicia (Nancy Carroll), Father Brown (Mark Williams), Sid Carter (Alex Price) and Inspector Sullivan (Tom Chambers).

Welcome back to the world of Father Brown. This is England in the 1950s, a quintessentially English countryside dotted with small villages, rural parish churches and large country houses. Each episode sees the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Once again, Father Brown is aided by his no-nonsense parish secretary Mrs. McCarthy, glamorous socialite Lady Felicia Montague and her chauffeur Sid Carter.

In the second series the priest is asked to perform an exorcism when local woman Charlotte thinks she is being haunted by the ghost of her sister who mysteriously disappeared years before. When Charlotte also disappears, Father Brown thinks there are more sinister forces at work. Following the promotion of Inspector Valentine, Father Brown finds himself pitted against Inspector Sullivan, a careerist detective from London who’s determined not to let the priest get the better of him. Yet as ever, when Father Brown solves crime he isn’t meting out justice. He’s trying to save souls.

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Mrs. McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack), Father Brown (Mark Williams) and Selina McKinley (Poppy Drayton). Selina asks about the "ghost."

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Dr. Miller (Terence Booth) examines the body. Father Brown (Mark Williams) kisses his travel stole.

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Verity (Sylvestra Le Touzel) pushes past Father Brown and hurls herself at Father Ignatius (Anton Lesser) at an attempt to get the Rosary.

Courtesy of Colin Hutton/© BBC 2013

Dinah Fortescue (Clare Higgins), Vera Thimble (Janet Henfrey), Mrs. McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack) and Judith Bunyon (Annette Badland).

Courtesy of Gary Moyes/© BBC 2013

Reveal Father Brown (Mark Williams) reciting a prayer for the funeral of Monique Armstrong.

Courtesy of Gary Moyes/© BBC 2013

Harriet Welsby (Ameila Lowdell) confronts Audrey MacMurray (Tracy Ann Oberman) on the death of her husband and slaps her.

Full of humor and compassion, but with a big dramatic twist each time, this series remains true to the period charm of the original character and setting while bringing a sharp contemporary edge to the storytelling.

Episode One: "The Ghost In The Machine" airs Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. - Father Brown is skeptical when a parishioner believes she's being haunted by her sister who went missing years ago. However when she herself vanishes, he must investigate both disappearances.

Episode Two: "The Maddest of All" airs Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. - When an ex-serviceman drops dead in the street, Father Brown investigates the facility where he was a patient. Could something sinister lie beneath the surface at Danvers Retreat?

Episode Three: "The Pride Of Prydes" airs Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. - The grand opening of Pryde Castle ends in disaster when a guide is struck by an arrow. Contrary to Inspector Sullivan, Father Brown becomes convinced that the motive lies buried in the family's past.

Episode Four: "The Shadow Of The Scaffold" airs Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. - When convicted killer Violet is given a temporary reprieve from the gallows, she begs Father Brown to prove her innocence. With only three days in hand, can he find the real culprit before it's too late?

Episode Five: "The Mysteries of the Rosary" airs Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. - The mysterious disappearance of an old friend sends Father Brown and Sid on a quest to find the mythical Lannington Rosary. However can an old adversary, back from the dead, be trusted to help?

Episode Six: "The Daughters Of Jerusalem" airs Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m. - Father Brown finds himself immobilized with a broken leg when a member of Kembleford's WI dies in mysterious circumstances. Can he crack the case armed only with a telescope and the gang to help?

Episode Seven: "The Three Tools Of Death" airs Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m. - When a troubled young woman's father is killed just weeks after her mother's death, Father Brown must help her deal with her grief while solving the father's inexplicable murder by one of three weapons.

Episode Eight: "The Prize of Colonel Gerard" airs Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. - Father Brown is unconvinced when a recently returned prisoner of war is suspected of the killing of his tyrannical uncle. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to keep the priest from the truth...

Episode Nine: "The Grim Reaper" airs Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. - A gruesome death on a local farm is blamed on the Kembleford physician through a series of poison pen letters. Father Brown must figure out who sent them in order to save his friend from the gallows.

Episode Ten: "The Laws of Motion" airs Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. - A day out at a local hill climb track ends with one of the drivers killed in a car crash. When Father Brown will not stop investigating, an infuriated Sullivan resolves to put an end to his meddling for good.

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