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Period drama series. When Mrs McCarthy takes over the running of the mobile library, Father Brown discovers a shocking secret.


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SNORING

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CAMERA CLICKS

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I was just...

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Even in our most private moments, someone is watching us.

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Shall we join the others?

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That's lovely, ladies.

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One more for luck. This is for the front page, after all.

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CAMERA CLICKS

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I can't thank you enough.

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With this money, the mobile library service will be able to

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deliver a free book to every child in the district.

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But the real praise should go to our generous congregation,

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who have baked and baked and sold enough cakes

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to feed Kembleford ten times over!

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Do you mind?

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What did I say about upsetting the clients?

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Sorry, Mr Cartwright.

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Get the kit in the car and stop making a nuisance of yourself!

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My apologies, madam.

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How's about I do you a discount on one of our portrait packages

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by way of compensation?

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I can see you'd be a natural in front of the camera.

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Not if you were the last photographer on earth.

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SHE CHUCKLES

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Father Brown, just a word?

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I promised to help with the refreshments.

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Oh, it will only take a minute.

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Em, I was looking at our lending log, and...

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Well, yes, when I think about it, I...

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-I may have one or two overdue items.

-One or two?

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Little did I know I've spent all this time working alongside

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the Great Kembleford Book Thief!

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I've been meaning to take them back for weeks.

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Huh, codswallop! You are a hoarder, that's what you are.

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I only hope you have enough money in your pocket

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to cover all those fines.

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I thought there might be a discount for the clergy.

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WOMAN SCREAMS

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Quick! There's been a dreadful accident!

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I only popped out to deliver the latest Graham Greene

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to Mr Entwhistle. And when I got back...

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She's dead, isn't she?

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Thank you, Doctor. I'll telephone the surgery if we need you.

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You're welcome.

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Well, Margaret, it seems you're very fortunate.

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SHE SIGHS

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-I don't know.

-Come, come.

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No broken bones. And didn't the doctor say you'll be

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back on your feet in a couple of days?

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Have you remembered anything?

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Well... It's all a bit of a blur.

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-Ada wasn't hurt, was she?

-She wasn't there when it happened.

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It was Miss Rawlins who found you and then called for help.

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I've always said that van's a deathtrap.

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It's not been serviced in years.

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Graham, will you stop going on about it?

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And it's just a... It's a silly accident, that's all.

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And you're not to worry about the mobile library.

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Because I'm going to step into the breach until you're feeling better.

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Well, that won't be necessary,

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because I will be fine in a couple of...

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What you need is a good, long rest.

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And in any case, I've always thought I had the temperament

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to make rather a good librarian.

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It's true. She's often telling me to be quiet.

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I'm the only one who can get the van started.

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It's a very specific knack.

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Well, you're going to have to teach me, then, aren't you?

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Well, if you insist. But just for a couple of days.

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Make sure she stays in that bed until she's properly recovered.

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Ho-ho, you've clearly never tried telling my wife what to do!

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-Mr Cartwright?

-Yes, Lewis!

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-How's Mrs Cartwright?

-Bruised, battered but unbowed.

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Glad to hear it.

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I was wondering, is it all right if I use the darkroom after hours?

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As long as the studio work's finished.

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But tidy up after yourself this time,

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it was in a right state this morning.

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-But I...

-Lewis!

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Sorry, Mr Cartwright. I'll leave it exactly as I find it.

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-Is he one of yours?

-Lewis? Yes.

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Yes, he's been coming to St Mary's for years.

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Well, if you find his brain in your lost property,

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do return it to its rightful owner.

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What a wonderful word.

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Cacoethes. "A sudden urge to do something inadvisable."

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Is there any chance you might get a "sudden urge" to give us a hand?

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Why don't we stay closed until Mrs Cartwright's better?

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And leave the elderly and infirm without the comfort of a good book?

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Over my dead body.

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And here we have our first customer!

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Actually, I'm here to see Miss Rawlins.

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I'm working, Lewis.

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Later then? We need to talk. It's important.

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-Stop by the studio after work?

-Maybe.

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Mmm. Playing hard to get, eh? I approve.

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If you don't mind, it's private.

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Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.

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It's been one week since my last confession.

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God is listening.

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It's... I-I've got this secret.

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And it's not just me, there are other people involved.

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I don't know what to do, I'm so confused.

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The Seal of the Confessional is absolute.

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You can be honest before God.

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Why are you confused?

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Well, when Adam first saw Eve, she was naked, right?

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-Yes.

-So...was that a sin?

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For him to look at her, I mean.

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No. He looked upon her in innocence.

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-Because the thing is, a little while ago...

-DOOR SLAMS

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FOOTSTEPS

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THEY CHATTER

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Sorry, I can't!

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-All right there?

-Oh, can I help you?

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-I was looking for something on butterflies.

-Butterflies?

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-Yeah, butterflies.

-Ah.

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Can you be any more specific?

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Well, I'm quite fond of the more exotic species.

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Ah, I meant are you looking for a reference book or..?

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Oh, ah - I almost forgot.

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HE CHUCKLES

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I don't understand.

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Can I help with anything?

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Eh, I was just paying my overdue fees.

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He's looking for something on butterflies.

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-I'll come back another time.

-Oh, no, it's no trouble.

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No, I just remembered somewhere I have to be.

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You probably don't remember me, Mrs McCarthy.

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How could I forget you, Harold?

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I'm very good with faces, and of course we were extremely grateful

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for your assistance when Father Brown had his little spot of bother.

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It were my pleasure. And may I say how lovely you're looking today?

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CLATTERING

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CAT MEOWS

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-BREATHLESS:

-What was that?

-It was just a cat.

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HEAVY BUMP

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That's no cat.

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Graham. Graham, what are you doing?

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-No!

-GLASS SMASHES

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You stay up here.

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(Graham, you can't do that! You'll get hurt!)

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PAINED GROANS

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Is someone down here?

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Argh...

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-PANTING:

-Lewis.

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There you go, sir.

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Thank you, Sergeant.

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Why can't people do the decent thing and die at a more sociable hour?

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Best time of the day if you ask me, Inspector.

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BIRDSONG AND BELLS TOLL

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Looks straightforward enough.

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Looks like this Lewis lad decides to help himself to some of

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his employer's valuables, photographic equipment probably.

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Disturbed in the act, he goes to attack and comes off worse.

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-Reasonable self-defence, if you ask me.

-If you say so, sir.

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I do, Sergeant.

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Tell the boys to finish up here and we'll take Mr Cartwright

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down the station to make a formal statement.

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Any luck, we'll have the paperwork wrapped up before breakfast.

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What about last rites, sir? I notice he's wearing a crucifix.

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Doesn't necessarily mean...

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No, you're absolutely right, Sergeant.

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Obviously I'd hate to wake the Padre up so early, but if needs must...

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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'Margaret?'

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Father.

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Are the police still downstairs?

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Yes, but I doubt they'll be long.

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Inspector Mallory told me what happened. How are you holding up?

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I am very concerned about Graham.

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The inspector said that he was defending himself.

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I'm afraid that the shock of this is going to push him back into his...

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Well... Less than Christian habits.

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By which you mean?

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Well, it's no secret that Graham liked a drink.

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And I can cope with that.

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But it's the gambling that frightens me.

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When I think of the life we could have had,

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if all that money hadn't been washed down the drain.

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Instead I'm living in a flat, above a shop with a leaky roof

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and a...rat infestation!

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I'll talk to him.

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Would you, Father? I'd be so grateful.

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The Inspector said that young Mr Ward was burgling,

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and, erm...

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I'm surprised by that.

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I'm not. He was a strange boy.

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In fact, I never knew why Graham took him on.

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I couldn't see any sign of forced entry.

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Well, Lewis had his own key.

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Yeah, well, sometimes Graham let him work late on his own projects.

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So he could simply have been going home?

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Lewis always used the back door at night so as not to disturb us.

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If he was in the studio, he was up to no good!

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SOBBING

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Oh, dear. Come and sit down.

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I'm sorry. It's just such a shock.

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Were you two...?

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Lewis and I went out a couple of times.

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Something happened. It's complicated.

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Love always is.

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Harold. Have you come back for that book?

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Actually, it turns out I'd forgotten that I'd already

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paid my fine. Brain like a sieve, me.

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So I was wondering if I could have my half-crown back?

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Eh, well, the fine box is emptied overnight,

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to avoid anyone being tempted to break into the van.

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Well, in that case, maybe you can recommend something to me.

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-What's your favourite book?

-The Bible.

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Ah. The Song of Solomon - beautiful.

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Ah, ladies.

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Mr Slow.

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Ada, may I have a quick word?

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Lewis wouldn't steal from Mr Cartwright. He wasn't like that.

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I agree.

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Was he troubled about anything?

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Not that I know of. Why do you ask?

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He came to see me yesterday.

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-What about?

-I can't say.

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Can you think of any reason why he might have been

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in the studio last night?

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Sorry.

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I wish I could be more help, Father, but I've got to get back to work.

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A quiet little mouse, isn't she?

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Who'd have thought she'd be

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romantically involved with a criminal?

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I've known Lewis since he was a little boy.

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He was not a burglar.

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Have you checked his photographs?

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From what I saw, he never went anywhere without his camera.

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If something untoward was going on, he probably took a picture of it.

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-MARGARET:

-Graham! Is that you?

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No, it's Father Brown.

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Erm, I left my stole here.

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Have those officers gone yet?

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Yes, I believe so.

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Shall I make you a cup of tea?

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That'd be lovely.

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I'll put the kettle on then.

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Thank you, Father.

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Thank you for your cooperation. Can't have been very pleasant.

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I'm more concerned about the lad's family. Have they been informed?

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I can put your mind at rest there, sir.

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He was an orphan.

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Do you need someone to drop you home, sir?

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No, no, thank you. The walk will do me good.

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Right you are.

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Hopefully we shan't have to bother you about this any more.

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PHONE RINGS

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Kembleford Police Station?

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Oh, right. And your name, sir?

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Uh-huh.

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Oh...you poor boy.

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SHOP BELL JINGLES

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I didn't know you were still here, Father.

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I was going to make Mrs Cartwright a cup of tea. Would you like one?

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That's kind of you to offer, but I'll do it.

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Why don't you get off?

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No doubt you've got better things to be doing?

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Erm, I'll pop back later, see if you're both all right.

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Good.

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Now, I have transferred the £12, two shillings and sixpence...

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What on earth are you doing?!

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-Making a darkroom.

-Oh, yes, of course you are(!)

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These are all the books they had on amateur photography.

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I'm sure they'll be fine.

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Is anybody going to tell me what is going on?

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I found a box of negatives hidden in the darkroom.

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And I saw Lewis Ward holding them the day before he died.

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Erm, if you don't mind, ladies.

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-Oh.

-Oh.

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And please, do not open the door until I ask you,

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lest the light shine upon the darkness.

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MRS MCCARTHY SIGHS

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How long does all this take?

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-Ah.

-Well?

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-Oh.

-But they're not wearing...

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-Heavens above.

-My goodness.

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-You have to inform the police.

-Why?

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Lewis is dead, and the girls in these photographs won't thank us

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for exposing them.

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By the looks of it, they're quite used to being exposed.

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Being exploited, more like.

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Do you think this has anything to do with his death?

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Lewis Ward, the pornographer. Well, he certainly kept that quiet.

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Well, he's hardly going to shout it from the rooftops.

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Why didn't he shout?

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-Well, because...

-No, I mean...

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Mr Cartwright said that he shouted out to ask who was there.

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Why didn't Lewis reply?

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Isn't it obvious? Because he was up to no good!

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But Lewis didn't have anything of value on him.

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Mr Cartwright said he was crashing around like a drunken rhinoceros.

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That's hardly the actions of a burglar.

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Perhaps he wasn't very good at it.

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Maybe Lewis went into the studio looking for help.

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He didn't reply because he couldn't.

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What do you mean, "couldn't"?

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Perhaps he was already dying.

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We know what killed him, Padre!

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-It was made of willow.

-Are you certain?

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There's only one way to settle this, isn't there?

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Is that Dr Symonds?

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Inspector Mallory, Kembleford Police.

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Do we have a confirmed cause of death on Lewis Ward yet?

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I see.

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Thank you.

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Signs of respiratory failure, lockjaw, frothing at the mouth.

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-Strychnine.

-Yes, thank you, I know what the symptoms are!

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Why would somebody have wanted him dead? He was a nobody.

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I should tell you that Lewis Ward...

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..was in possession of photographic negatives

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of an...

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-..explicit nature.

-It's the first I've heard of it!

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Where are these negatives now?

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I destroyed them.

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You did what?!

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Like you, at first, I believed his death to be an accident

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and I saw no gain in publicising activities

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that would only soil his reputation.

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We shall continue this discussion.

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For now, my priority is catching his murderer.

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And if he was distributing the photographs,

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I very much doubt he was doing it alone.

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Have you any idea who his accomplice might be?

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If someone was selling dirt in Kembleford,

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there's only one name that springs to mind.

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Just hope he isn't blind drunk already.

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So, which one of you discerning gentlemen will be going home

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with this high-quality timepiece?

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Stolen, is it, 'Arry?

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Of course not, Inspector. I wouldn't deal in stolen goods.

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What do you think, Sergeant?

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This particular item once belonged to my very own uncle.

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So you'll be able to tell me his initials then?

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Who in turn was given it by an old army friend.

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Can't recall his name.

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Luckily for you, I'm not interested in dodgy watches today.

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Then how can I help you, Inspector?

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Looking for a present for Mrs Mallory?

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I want to talk to you about photographs.

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Not really my area of expertise.

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Now...if you don't mind, I was just having a drink with my friends.

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Why don't we discuss this down the station, 'Arry?

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I'm sure you'd love to assist us in our enquiries.

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Excuse me.

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-I'm here to see Harold Slow.

-Who?

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Harold...

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-Blind 'Arry.

-Oh! Why didn't you say so?

0:24:460:24:48

Just, give me a minute, Father.

0:24:480:24:50

Padre. I had a feeling you'd be back.

0:24:510:24:53

Blind 'Arry is not capable of murder.

0:24:540:24:57

Yet we searched his malodorous residence

0:24:570:25:00

and found two photographs featuring young ladies.

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These young ladies were both noticeable

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for their complete lack of clothing.

0:25:050:25:08

-So what did he say?

-Claimed he'd never seen them before.

0:25:080:25:11

Of course, he also said that about the three Kilner jars

0:25:110:25:13

of moonshine, the half-dozen ladies' purses and the garden gnome

0:25:130:25:17

that went missing from Councillor Boothby's front porch last week.

0:25:170:25:20

If you're here to take his confession, you might be a while.

0:25:200:25:24

FATHER BROWN SIGHS

0:25:290:25:31

Father! Decent of you to pop by.

0:25:310:25:34

The inspector told me about the photographs they found in your barn.

0:25:340:25:39

Look, Father, you know full well I had nothing to do

0:25:390:25:42

with that young lad's death.

0:25:420:25:43

As for the photographs...

0:25:430:25:45

..well, not everybody has taken a vow of celibacy.

0:25:460:25:50

But they was purely for my personal pleasure.

0:25:500:25:52

Did Lewis Ward sell them to you?

0:25:540:25:56

Nah. Never even met the lad.

0:25:560:25:59

Only knew his face from seeing him around town

0:25:590:26:02

pointing his camera at everything.

0:26:020:26:04

Last time I saw him was a couple of days ago.

0:26:050:26:07

He was having a barney with that tweedy girl

0:26:070:26:10

from the library.

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-Sounded like she was breaking up with him.

-Go on.

0:26:120:26:16

Well, he's saying, "I'll do whatever you want, you can trust me."

0:26:160:26:20

And she's not that sure.

0:26:200:26:22

So he's like, "Of course I still want to be with you",

0:26:220:26:25

and she says, "Well, I don't know. Everything's changed."

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And he's like, "What, because of a few stupid photographs?"

0:26:280:26:32

And so she says, "Sorry."

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And he's, "Oh, please, Ada, I love you!"

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And he's left there, devastated.

0:26:370:26:39

Did you hear anything else?

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That's all.

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Sorry, Father, you know I'd help you if I could.

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Answer me this.

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If a Kembleford gentleman wished to purchase photographs

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of a...titillating nature...

0:26:580:27:01

..where would he go?

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And here's me thinking you're a respectable man of the cloth!

0:27:040:27:07

HE LAUGHS

0:27:070:27:09

Do you want to stay in here all night?

0:27:150:27:17

Help me discover the truth and you might make last orders.

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All right, I'll tell you.

0:27:260:27:28

On one condition.

0:27:300:27:32

Absolutely not!

0:27:320:27:34

There is no way I am stepping out with that foul-mouthed vagrant!

0:27:340:27:38

Perhaps he has hidden qualities.

0:27:380:27:40

Then they are very well-hidden indeed.

0:27:400:27:43

It would only be a stroll along the river.

0:27:430:27:46

And he's promised to be the model gentleman.

0:27:460:27:49

He can behave like Saint Francis of Assisi - it is not going to happen!

0:27:490:27:54

I may have already accepted on your behalf.

0:27:540:27:57

Well, then you can unaccept!

0:27:580:28:00

I can't, he's already given me the information.

0:28:000:28:04

Please, Mrs McCarthy...

0:28:040:28:06

..consider this an act of charity.

0:28:080:28:10

Well, I hope that information was worth it,

0:28:100:28:13

because you are never, ever going to hear the end of this.

0:28:130:28:17

So?

0:28:220:28:23

Blind 'Arry said he got the photographs

0:28:270:28:29

by going to the mobile library...

0:28:290:28:31

..putting half a crown in the fines box,

0:28:320:28:35

and asking for a book.

0:28:350:28:37

-About... BOTH:

-Butterflies.

0:28:380:28:41

I'm guessing it would be under natural history.

0:28:410:28:43

Or it could be here in the returns trolley.

0:28:430:28:47

Ah. There it is.

0:28:470:28:51

Oh. "The Lepidopterist's Companion."

0:28:510:28:53

Yes. And that's what it is - a book about butterflies.

0:28:560:29:01

SHE CHUCKLES

0:29:010:29:02

It's been taken out dozens of times in the past few months.

0:29:060:29:10

Either there's a glut of lepidopterists in Kembleford

0:29:110:29:14

or there is something strange going on.

0:29:140:29:17

Look, it's always returned within a day or so,

0:29:170:29:20

sometimes even on the same day.

0:29:200:29:22

Do you think someone was hiding the photographs inside it?

0:29:220:29:25

Was Lewis pressurising you into selling the pictures?

0:29:490:29:53

I don't know what you're talking about.

0:29:530:29:55

Butterflies.

0:29:550:29:57

You've lost me.

0:29:580:30:00

I know that the photographs were distributed via the mobile library.

0:30:000:30:03

Perfect, really. It can travel without suspicion.

0:30:050:30:08

Quiet, discreet.

0:30:090:30:11

And if men come and go with large books...what of it?

0:30:130:30:17

Father, please, I'm tired, I want to go home.

0:30:170:30:20

If Lewis was making you...

0:30:200:30:21

He's dead!

0:30:210:30:23

So why can't you stop sticking your nose where it isn't wanted?

0:30:230:30:26

You mean...

0:30:320:30:33

-..he had naked girls in my studio?

-It would seem so.

0:30:350:30:40

Never knew he had it in him!

0:30:400:30:43

So...where are these negatives now then?

0:30:430:30:46

Erm, they're destroyed.

0:30:460:30:47

Did you ever notice anything suspicious going on

0:30:470:30:50

in the mobile library?

0:30:500:30:52

Well...Ada was the one who served the customers.

0:30:520:30:57

I was busy with the administrative side of things.

0:30:570:31:00

But if what you're saying is true, we have to inform the police.

0:31:000:31:04

Hold on! If these negatives have been destroyed,

0:31:040:31:07

perhaps we're better off sweeping the whole thing under the carpet.

0:31:070:31:10

But, Graham, if Lewis was poisoned,

0:31:100:31:14

maybe an angry boyfriend or father could've found out

0:31:140:31:17

they'd taken pictures of his girl and wanted revenge!

0:31:170:31:20

The same thing had occurred to me.

0:31:200:31:22

Anyone home?

0:31:220:31:25

Sorry to barge in. Door was open.

0:31:250:31:27

Constable, make sure the padre stays up here, out of the way.

0:31:270:31:31

Do you mind telling me what is going on?

0:31:320:31:34

-Got a warrant.

-A warrant?

0:31:340:31:38

We had an anonymous tip-off from a woman saying you offered

0:31:380:31:41

her money to pose for you in her birthday suit.

0:31:410:31:45

We're here to search the property for evidence of activities

0:31:450:31:48

in contravention of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, Section 28.

0:31:480:31:52

Oh, yes...

0:31:540:31:56

..and of murder.

0:31:570:31:58

Do a lot of your customers have their portrait taken

0:32:070:32:10

in this sort of thing?

0:32:100:32:12

No! Where did you even find that?

0:32:120:32:15

Stashed in a little cubby hole in your storeroom.

0:32:150:32:18

And the photographs in our possession,

0:32:180:32:21

which I perused purely for investigative purposes,

0:32:210:32:24

were taken in front of your distinctive backdrop.

0:32:240:32:27

-Lewis must have taken them, I...

-Yes, I'm glad you mentioned him.

0:32:270:32:30

Because I got to thinking -

0:32:300:32:31

what if this Lewis lad was just the assistant after all?

0:32:310:32:35

Perhaps he was angling for a bigger cut, threatening to go to

0:32:350:32:39

the authorities, so you thought it best to poison him.

0:32:390:32:42

After that, you hit him round the head

0:32:420:32:44

with a cricket bat to make it look like you'd disturbed a burglar!

0:32:440:32:48

No, that's not what happened.

0:32:480:32:50

Found this in a box on the counter, sir.

0:32:500:32:52

-Excellent.

-I won that on the horses.

0:32:550:32:57

I only hid it so the missus wouldn't find out.

0:32:570:32:59

How convenient.

0:32:590:33:01

You see, we did some digging into Lewis' financial situation.

0:33:010:33:06

Turns out that for the master of his own empire of obscenity,

0:33:060:33:09

he was surprisingly skint.

0:33:090:33:12

You, however...

0:33:120:33:15

look like you're doing all right for yourself.

0:33:150:33:17

I take it Blind 'Arry's been released?

0:33:230:33:25

Pending further enquiries.

0:33:250:33:28

Here you go, Father.

0:33:280:33:31

Thank you, Sergeant.

0:33:330:33:34

CELL DOOR SLAMS

0:33:380:33:39

Wasn't sure if you'd come.

0:33:390:33:42

It's been so long since I showed my face in church.

0:33:420:33:45

Many return to religion in times of crisis.

0:33:460:33:49

I'll be honest, Father, it's your help I need, not God's.

0:33:490:33:54

Go on.

0:33:540:33:55

Would you go and see Margaret and make sure she knows I didn't do it?

0:33:550:33:59

I've been enough of a disappointment to her over the years.

0:33:590:34:02

-I doubt that's true.

-Of course it is!

0:34:020:34:06

Never lived up to my early potential, did I?

0:34:060:34:08

She thought I was going to be this successful photographer,

0:34:080:34:11

but things didn't quite work out.

0:34:110:34:13

Still, I can't bear her thinking I'm capable of murder.

0:34:160:34:19

Do you know anything about the photographs?

0:34:210:34:24

That weren't me either.

0:34:240:34:26

Lewis must've taken them, but that Inspector won't believe me!

0:34:260:34:30

How am I going to cope in prison?

0:34:300:34:32

I can't even get to sleep without a mug of Margaret's cocoa inside me!

0:34:330:34:36

Please. Please, Father...

0:34:400:34:44

Yes. Yes, I'll speak to her.

0:34:440:34:46

Thank you.

0:34:470:34:49

How many more of these horrid pictures do I have to look at?

0:35:090:35:13

We need to prove who took these photographs.

0:35:130:35:16

Each of those girls is a potential witness.

0:35:180:35:21

And you DID say you're very good with faces.

0:35:210:35:24

Yes, well, it's not the faces that bother me.

0:35:240:35:27

And in any case, it's almost impossible

0:35:270:35:30

to recognise someone when they look so...

0:35:300:35:33

Well, topsy-turvy.

0:35:330:35:35

Well, why don't we just develop a few more?

0:35:360:35:39

Oh. Wait.

0:35:390:35:40

That's one face I definitely recognise.

0:35:460:35:49

As I feared.

0:36:000:36:02

I know you posed for the photographs.

0:36:070:36:09

I'm not judging you.

0:36:120:36:13

You must have needed that money very badly.

0:36:150:36:19

I was in a lot of debt.

0:36:190:36:21

My landlady was threatening to throw me out.

0:36:210:36:23

I don't think you would have said yes that easily.

0:36:230:36:26

There must have been persuasion.

0:36:270:36:29

How did Mrs Cartwright talk you into it?

0:36:310:36:34

She caught me stealing from the fines box.

0:36:360:36:39

She said if I didn't help her sell the photographs,

0:36:390:36:41

she'd report me to the police.

0:36:410:36:44

So you started selling the photographs.

0:36:440:36:47

And then, when you were involved,

0:36:470:36:51

she persuaded you to take the next step.

0:36:510:36:54

The night it happened, I tried to back out.

0:36:540:36:56

But it was just so much money and...

0:36:560:37:00

she has this way about her.

0:37:000:37:02

Like you don't have a choice.

0:37:020:37:04

I don't really drink.

0:37:040:37:06

It'll help you relax.

0:37:060:37:07

I've never done anything like this before.

0:37:100:37:13

The thought of all those men leering at me...

0:37:130:37:15

Makes you feel vulnerable. I understand.

0:37:150:37:18

But you're the one who has got the power over them.

0:37:200:37:23

They'll pay handsomely for just a glimpse of your beauty.

0:37:230:37:27

Do you know, it's not even really you.

0:37:280:37:29

Just a shadow on a bit of paper.

0:37:290:37:31

So why go hungry when you have the power to put food on your plate?

0:37:330:37:38

Lovely.

0:37:470:37:48

Make the most of it.

0:37:510:37:53

Sorry, Mr Cartwright...

0:37:530:37:54

Get out! Get out, you idiot!

0:37:540:37:57

Sorry, I didn't...

0:37:570:37:58

Lewis and I had not long started seeing each other.

0:38:000:38:03

After that, I couldn't look him in the eye.

0:38:040:38:07

I knew I'd made a mistake.

0:38:070:38:09

Mrs Cartwright said that she'd make sure the photos were

0:38:090:38:13

seen by everyone in Kembleford if I didn't keep my mouth shut.

0:38:130:38:17

So, her injuries weren't accidental?

0:38:170:38:20

I...

0:38:210:38:23

Mr Entwhistle says he didn't get a delivery

0:38:230:38:25

of Graham Greene's new novel from you that morning.

0:38:250:38:29

I didn't mean to hurt Mrs Cartwright.

0:38:290:38:31

I-I tried again to persuade her not to show the photos of me,

0:38:310:38:34

and she flew off the handle. I'd never seen her like that.

0:38:340:38:38

You just quit your mewling!

0:38:380:38:40

Those photographs, they belong to me now, and if I want to sell them,

0:38:400:38:44

then I will. So you just shut up and do as you're told!

0:38:440:38:48

ADA SHRIEKS

0:38:480:38:50

BOOKCASE CREAKS

0:38:500:38:52

Mrs Cartwright?

0:38:550:38:56

I thought she was dead.

0:39:010:39:03

I didn't know what to do, so I went to see Lewis.

0:39:030:39:07

He offered to find the negatives and hide them until

0:39:070:39:09

we'd decided whether or not to destroy them or go to the police.

0:39:090:39:12

So Lewis wasn't involved in taking the photographs?

0:39:120:39:16

No. And as far as I know, Mr Cartwright didn't either.

0:39:160:39:20

Please don't tell anyone. It'll be my word against hers.

0:39:200:39:23

My thoughts exactly.

0:39:230:39:24

Mrs Cartwright. What are you doing out of bed?

0:39:280:39:32

Tying up loose ends.

0:39:330:39:35

SHE LAUGHS SOFTLY

0:39:350:39:36

Well, you said yourself, the negatives have been destroyed.

0:39:360:39:39

I may have exaggerated.

0:39:420:39:44

-LAUGHING:

-Nice try.

0:39:440:39:46

Without Ada, there's no evidence to prosecute me.

0:39:470:39:50

I don't think my customers are going to be

0:39:500:39:52

lining up to testify in court.

0:39:520:39:53

My husband will go to jail, and I'll sell the studio and move on.

0:39:550:40:00

It was you who tipped off the police.

0:40:000:40:03

A chance to get rid of the husband you despise.

0:40:050:40:07

I have wasted my youth on that pathetic lump of a man!

0:40:070:40:12

So he might as well be useful for something!

0:40:120:40:14

Anyway...anyone fancy a drive in the country?

0:40:170:40:21

Mrs Cartwright! Let us out!

0:40:260:40:29

ENGINE STARTS Margaret!

0:40:290:40:30

-Where's she taking us?

-You've seen too much!

0:40:350:40:39

So I'm going to take you on a little trip out to Buckley's Point,

0:40:390:40:46

where sadly, this van's brakes are going to mysteriously fail.

0:40:460:40:51

Is that why you put strychnine in Lewis' cocoa?

0:40:520:40:55

Because he'd seen too much?

0:40:550:40:57

Oh, I'm impressed, Father.

0:40:570:41:00

I couldn't trust him to keep it secret.

0:41:000:41:02

He was so obviously doolally about Miss Rawlins back there.

0:41:030:41:07

Mrs Cartwright! Thought you'd be in bed.

0:41:100:41:13

Well, I couldn't sleep, and I heard you working away down here.

0:41:140:41:21

So I thought you'd like some cocoa.

0:41:210:41:23

That's very good of you.

0:41:230:41:25

About what I saw the other night. You and Ada.

0:41:290:41:32

You know I won't tell anyone, right?

0:41:320:41:34

Not even Mr Cartwright.

0:41:340:41:36

I know you won't, dear.

0:41:370:41:39

I was going to make it look like suicide.

0:41:430:41:46

Victim of a broken heart.

0:41:460:41:50

But then that idiot husband of mine

0:41:500:41:52

started to play the protective house owner.

0:41:520:41:55

What are you doing?

0:42:000:42:02

Are you all right back there?

0:42:030:42:05

When a butterfly needs to break out of its chrysalis,

0:42:050:42:08

it needs to find the weakest point.

0:42:080:42:10

I'm not boring you, am I?

0:42:140:42:17

Oh, no, you don't!

0:42:270:42:29

Perhaps...we should get off the road.

0:42:360:42:40

CLICKING AND RATTLING

0:42:400:42:42

No! No! Come on!

0:42:420:42:44

SHE SPLUTTERS

0:42:470:42:49

Ah. Big end's gone.

0:42:590:43:01

By the time we got there, she'd already fled the scene,

0:43:040:43:07

but it didn't take us long to pick her up.

0:43:070:43:09

Turns out that, like the van,

0:43:090:43:12

she's not in as good a condition as she once was.

0:43:120:43:14

Inspector.

0:43:140:43:16

I thought you might need them as evidence.

0:43:200:43:23

You said you destroyed them!

0:43:250:43:28

Some of them.

0:43:280:43:29

So, are you going to take over the mobile library on a permanent basis?

0:43:350:43:39

Oh, dear me, no.

0:43:390:43:41

I never realised how stressful being a librarian could be.

0:43:410:43:46

And in any case, we have a far more suitable candidate.

0:43:460:43:49

Me?

0:43:490:43:51

After what happened, I thought...

0:43:510:43:52

Well, you do know it better than anyone.

0:43:520:43:55

And Mrs M won't have as much time on her hands now that she's courting.

0:43:550:44:00

I beg your pardon?

0:44:000:44:01

Half a crown says he stole those flowers from the graveyard.

0:44:130:44:16

Harold.

0:44:160:44:18

How delightful to see you again.

0:44:180:44:20

THEY CHUCKLE

0:44:270:44:29

When Mrs McCarthy takes over the running of the mobile library, Father Brown discovers a shocking secret lurking among the bookshelves.