Thursday, June 28, 2018

New Blood in Grantchester

Two months ago we reported that the 1950s-set British TV mystery series Grantchester is scheduled to return for a fourth season sometime in 2019, but that those episodes will feature James Norton’s final turns as Anglican vicar-cum-sleuth Sidney Chambers. Today comes news, via The Irish Examiner, that Tom Brittney (Outlander, The Five) will be joining the cast as “caring and self-assured Reverend Will Davenport.” He’ll be partnered with Robson Green’s Detective Inspector Geordie Keating in coming seasons of Grantchester, which is shown under PBS-TV’s Masterpiece umbrella in the States.

UK network ITV’s brief on Davenport says he “channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice. He is a man of God, but with the devil inside of him. As Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.”

For his part, Norton is welcoming Brittney to the series (based on James Runcie’s books) by remarking: “As excited as I am to be filming a new series of Grantchester, it’s also heartbreaking to be saying good-bye to Sidney Chambers. I’ve loved this experience, and particularly working with such an extraordinary cast and crew. All the best to the fantastic Tom Brittney in his role as the new vicar. He is a wonderful addition to the Grantchester family.”

We shall see now, won’t we.

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