New ITV drama takes over remote Cambridgeshire village

Grantchester in Cambridgeshire has been turned into a film set. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mahogany wardrobe stands in the corner of the churchyard.

There's a tree without a trunk in the middle of the road.

And overnight, a vine of wisteria has snaked its way across the front of the vicarage - on closer inspection the flowers turn out to be plastic.

There's something afoot in Grantchester near Cambridge, a mystery in the making.

The cast and crew of ITV's new drama 'Grantchester' are filming scenes in the village this week.

Locals have been cast as extras alongside the actors Robson Green, James Norton and Tessa Peake-Jones.

Tessa Peake-Jones famously starred in 'Only Fools and Horses.' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pat Hall is in full 1950s costume. She wears a broad smile and a vintage grey felt hat as she explains she jumped at the chance to take part.

Pat Hall jumped at the chance to take part. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I just thought it would be exciting and interesting, and to think of this all going on in the village - I wanted to see how it all works. I wanted to see how the village appeared on a film set."

Adapted from the novel, ‘Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death’ by James Runcie, the drama is set in 1953.

It follows a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances.

The six-part series with be shown on ITV this Autumn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

His partner in crime is over-worked Police Inspector, Geordie Keating, a man two inches shorter than he’d like to be, with scuffed shoes and hair not as familiar with a comb as it should be.

Executive Producer Diederick Santer said:

“Sidney is a charming, but complex character, a man of faith burdened by his past despite a distinguished wartime record, he’s funny, dashing and inquisitive. He loves being a parish priest in the exquisite village of Grantchester, but somehow it’s not enough and he still finds time to fall in and out of love and solve crimes. James Runcie has created this brilliant character and this glorious world, which Daisy Coulam is now bringing to the screen in her wonderful and lavish scripts, and I can’t wait for ITV’s audience to get to know him too.”

Filming continues in Grantchester, Cambridge and London until June. The six-part series with be shown on ITV this Autumn.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson