I kind of quite like Grantchester. It has that quiet, bucolic charm of any ‘cosy crime’ show, but last series it felt like it upped the ante a little and achieved a greater balance of the nice and the dark and challenging. So it’s good news that ITV has confirmed that filming is about to commence on the third series, with a full six episodes due to transmit in 2017. The network also confirmed that a 90-minute Christmas Special will also be filmed for broadcast later this year.
James Norton and Robson Green will return as the unlikely 1950s crime fighting duo, Vicar Sidney Chambers and Police Inspector Geordie Keating, and Tessa Peake-Jones also returns as Sidney’s sharp tongued housekeeper Mrs Maguire. Morven Christie reprises her role as Sidney’s forbidden lover Amanda, Al Weaver returns as the timid curate Leonard Finch, Kacey Ainsworth is back as Geordie’s long suffering wife Cathy and Lorne MacFadyen puts his police helmet back on to play DC Phil Wilkinson. And of course it wouldn’t be Grantchester without the return of the gorgeous black Labrador Dickens.
The first ever Christmas Special of Grantchester will see pregnant Amanda adjusting to life having left her husband, Guy (Tom Austen). The love between Sidney and Amanda is palpable, but can a vicar in the 1950s really be romantically involved with a married, pregnant woman? Viewers can expect a festive, snow-filled Christmas episode full of emotion and drama.
In the third series of Grantchester new Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo reminds Sidney that as clergyman he must put duty above his own needs and lead by example. Given the strength of his feelings for Amanda, is this something that Sidney can do?
On the face of it, Geordie is still happily married to Cathy. But there continues to be an undeniable spark between himself and feisty police secretary Margaret (Seline Hizli).
Leonard was left heartbroken after Daniel (Oliver Dimsdale) left him for another man, but in this series he appears to put this behind him and find romantic happiness with someone else. But will those around him allow him this happiness?
Mrs Maguire’s friendship with dashing Jack (Nick Brimble) develops, but can anyone ever replace her late husband Ronnie?
The heart of the show remains the friendship between Sidney and Geordie. As they solve crimes in Grantchester, Cambridge and beyond, they each deal with personal crises at home, once again their unique and unlikely friendship is put to the test.
Peter Davison will guest star in the series as Geoff Towler, the village solicitor, captain of the cricket team and a man who rules his family with a rod of iron.