ITV announces casting for Grantchester

JamesNortonITV has announced casting for its new six-part crime drama, Grantchester, this morning. The more you read about it the more you realised this has hit written all over it. Period detail? Check. Amateur sleuthing? Check. Rural idyll? Check. Sunday night, primetime potential? Double check. And it has an impressive and diverse cast. Read on for more…

Based on the novel Sidney Chambers And The Shadow of Death by James Runcie, the six-parter is being filmed over the spring and summer and should be ready to go later in the year. Runcie is planning a six-book series, and his publisher, Bloomsbury are releasing one every year until 2017. So there’s a potential for a long-running serial here.

Before we get stuck into the cast news, here’s the overview:

Set in 1953 in the beautiful county of Cambridgeshire, Sidney’s unlikely partnership with gruff, down to earth Geordie is central to Grantchester.  Geordie’s methodical approach to policing complements Sidney’s more intuitive techniques of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects. 

They are partners in crime and forge a true friendship as each offers a different insight into the crimes they begin to unravel.

Set against the backdrop of the real hamlet of Grantchester, the drama focuses upon the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances.     

A tall and handsome man with a love of warm beer and hot jazz, Sidney is self-effacing, great company and a true romantic.  He conscientiously undertakes his parish duties at the church of St Andrew and St Mary’s, and has the ear of his congregation who respect his unique moral insights and dry humour.  Sidney thinks the best of people, but intuitively asks all the right questions which often results in an epiphany! 

Troubled by nightmares and recurring flashbacks to the time he served in the Scot’s Guards, Sidney is the moral compass of the drama with a desire to put right the wrongs of the past  – “we cannot erase our pasts however hard we try.  Instead we must carry them with us into the future.”

James Norton (who we last saw in Death Comes To Pemberley) plays the title role of Sidney Chambers, while Robson green is back in the crime drama game with is role as plain-speaking police inspector Geordie Keating. Morven Christie (Twenty Twelve) plays beautiful heiress Manada Kendall, Tess Peake-Jones is Sidney’s housekeeper Mrs Maguire and EastEnders’ Kacey Ainsworth plays Geordie’s wife, Cathy.

Sounds good on paper, so watch this space!

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