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The Crackpot of the Empire 

Father brown gets involved in the revenge of a crazy comedian.


David Beauchamp


G.K. Chesterton (based on the character created by), Rachel Flowerday (developed by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Toby Longworth Toby Longworth ... Uncle Mirth
Mark Williams ... Father Brown
Sorcha Cusack ... Mrs McCarthy
Nancy Carroll ... Lady Felicia
Richard Braine Richard Braine ... Henry Kirkov
Oona Kirsch Oona Kirsch ... Annabelle Marcel
Laurence Kennedy Laurence Kennedy ... Sir Mortimer
Reanne Farley ... Eve Telford
Sam O'Mahony Sam O'Mahony ... Jacob Doyle
Jack Deam ... Inspector Mallory
John Burton ... Sergeant Goodfellow
Alex Price ... Sid Carter (credit only)


Ventriloquist Uncle Mirth invites his brothers George and Mortimer, Father Brown and others to a party but they find themselves in a derelict building with no apparent exit. George and Mortimer are killed and it would appear that Uncle Mirth wants revenge on those who had him committed to an insane asylum two years earlier. The survivors escape but Father Brown suspects that one of their number may be in league with, or manipulating, Uncle Mirth for their own ends. Written by don @ minifie-1

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party | prison | handcuffs | poison | fall | See All (8) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The book Lady Felicia reads while Mrs. McCarthy sleeps, "Lulu and Lucia", figures prominently in Season 5 Episode 5, "The Hand of Lucia." See more »


The cocked revolver in the final scene in the mill does not have a firing pin on the hammer, so it won't fire. There were no transfer bar revolvers in the time period when Father Brown is set. See more »


Father Brown Theme
written by Debbie Wiseman
performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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The Crackpot of the Empire
3 February 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

An enjoyable and intriguing episode as bodies pile up in a twisted game. Ventriloquist Uncle Mirth known for his dark humour was sectioned several years earlier with the aid of Father Brown.

Now released back to the community, he has thrown a party in a derelict building with no apparent exit and invited friends, family and Father Brown.

Uncle Mirth brothers George and Mortimer are soon killed and it seems Uncle Mirth is getting revenge. Father Brown thinks something more is involved than simple revenge and there was the case of their long lost sister.

There is a scene where Inspector Mallory has to break into the building to help save Mrs McCarthy rather than just be a general irritant.

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