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Sunday, 23 December 2018

Grantchester - Returns 11th January



Grantchester starring Robson Green and James Norton, and new cast member Tom Brittney, returns to ITV for a fourth series in a co-production from Kudos and MASTERPIECE on PBS.

 
James Norton, who plays the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman, Sidney Chambers, will make his final appearance during the series. Clergyman Will Davenport, played by Tom Brittney, becomes DI Geordie Keating's new crime-solving partner in 1950s Grantchester.
 

Episode 1

 
It's 1956 and with Amanda long gone, Sidney's life now revolves around the church services and the interminable meetings of the Parochial Council and their plans for a village fete. He yearns for some excitement, and Geordie has noticed that Sidney's devil-may-care attitude feels increasingly like a death wish.

 
In need of spiritual sustenance, Sidney and Leonard go to hear inspirational civil rights activist Reverend Nathaniel Todd talk in Cambridge as part of a fundraising tour. Todd is accompanied by his son Charles, daughter Violet, and fellow activist Robert DeVeaux. Professor Barkley and his wife Madhia host their stay, and while at their house, Leonard introduces Sidney to an old friend, Will Davenport. Will is the current Chaplain at Corpus Christi, following in Sidney's footsteps. Sidney strikes up a conversation with beautiful, vibrant Violet Todd and sparks soon fly.

 
At the talk, Nathaniel's impassioned speech invigorates Sidney until he is interrupted by a racist young student, Gregory Jones, who verbally attacks the pastor. Chaos then erupts and what sound like gunshots ring through the church as fireworks are thrown by protestors. Sidney, Leonard, Will, the Barkleys and the Todds are all almost crushed by the crowd trying to escape. Finally, Will breaks open the door and they spill out of the church... but Charles Todd staggers forward, stabbed by an unseen assailant, and dies in his father's arms.


As Geordie and Sidney set about finding the killer, Reverend Todd wrestles with his grief, Violet steels herself to speak out, Sidney wrestles with his growing feelings for her – and Leonard has a poem prepared for the village fete...
 

Cast

 
Sidney Chambers - JAMES NORTON
Geordie Keating - ROBSON GREEN
Will Davenport - TOM BRITTNEY
Leonard Finch - AL WEAVER
Mrs Chapman - TESSA PEAKE-JONES
Cathy Keating - KACEY AINSWORTH
Jack Chapman - NICK BRIMBLE
Daniel Marlowe - OLIVER DIMSDALE
Violet Todd - SIMONA BROWN
Reverend Nathaniel Todd - PATERSON JOSEPH
Professor Henry Barkley - SAMUEL WEST
Robert Deveaux - ANTONY ACHEAMPONG
Madhia Barkley - SANDRA TELES
Charles Todd - TOK STEPHEN
Gregory Jones - DOMINIC HERMAN-DAY
Larry Peters - BRADLEY HALL
Mrs Bennett - SARAH CROWDEN
Esme Keating - SKYE LUCIA DEGRUTTOLA
 

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