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Grantchester

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Title: 

    Series 1 2014
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 06 Oct 2014
  • TX Confirmed: 

    No
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 41 2014 : Sat 04 Oct - Fri 10 Oct
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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Series overview
 
“As a priest, isn’t everything our business? There’s no part of the human heart which is not our responsibility” – Sidney Chambers
 
James Norton (Happy Valley, Death Comes to Pemberley) plays the role of Sidney Chambers in new six- part drama Grantchester produced by Lovely Day in association with Masterpiece.
Robson Green (Reckless, Wire In The Blood) joins him as plain speaking, over-worked Police Inspector, Geordie Keating.
 
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.
 
Morven Christie (Hunted, Twenty Twelve) plays beautiful heiress Amanda Kendall, whose love for Sidney, although reciprocated, doesn’t have a future, as her father wants her to marry an aristocratic beau.
 
Tessa Peake-Jones (Marchlands and of course Raquel in Only Fools and Horses) plays Sidney’s housekeeper, the indomitable Mrs Maguire who keeps him in check and does her best to keep his chaotic vicarage presentable and respectable. He also has gorgeous black Labrador puppy, Dickens, for company.
 
Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders, Holby Blue) plays Geordie’s loving wife Cathy. Cathy is a busy mother of three with a fourth child on the way.
 
Sidney’s moustachioed curate, Leonard Finch, is played by Al Weaver (Southcliffe, Secret State), whilst pale, interesting and stunning widow, Hildegard Staunton, is played by German actress Pheline Roggan.
 
Episode one
 
It’s 1953, and just outside the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, local vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) has lost track of time, having spent a glorious morning with his fun loving friend, and the woman with whom he is secretly in love, Amanda Kendall (Morvern Christie). Racing to church, Sidney arrives just in time to minister at the funeral of a local solicitor - although his poor time-keeping earns the disapproval of his punctilious housekeeper Mrs Maguire (Tessa Peake-Jones).
 
With the death a suicide, Sidney does his best to comfort young German widow Hildegard Staunton (Pheline Roggan), but is soon called away from his normal duties when the glamorous Pamela Morton (Rachel Shelley) asks to draw Sidney into her confidence. She reveals that she was having an affair with the late solicitor – and that far from being a suicide, she has reasons to believe that he was in fact murdered.
 
With Pamela unable to go to the police, she asks Sidney if he would be able to look into the matter for her – after all, people confide in vicars, don’t they? However, Sidney’s investigation quickly draws him to the attention of grumpy local DI Geordie Keating (Robson Green), who doesn’t really appreciate the clergyman sticking his nose into things he doesn’t understand. But Sidney isn’t to be shaken off too easily – particularly when he begins to uncover evidence that the suicide was staged.
 
However, whilst Sidney is focused on getting to the bottom of the alleged murder, his own world is shaken apart when he receives news that Amanda has got engaged – it seems that Sidney has missed his moment. With his heart breaking, and his theory about the murder seemingly coming up short, will Sidney be able to work out who killed the solicitor before the killer strikes again?