James Norton and Robson Green return to Grantchester for a brand new six-part series and a Christmas Special.
Set in the 1950s in the beautiful Cambridgeshire hamlet of the same name, the drama stars James Norton as detective-clergyman Sidney Chambers, and Robson Green, as his partner-in-crime Police Inspector Geordie Keating.
With filming about to get underway ITV has announced Peter Davison will guest star in the third series while reprising their roles are Tessa Peake-Jones as Sidney’s sharp tongued housekeeper Mrs Maguire; Morven Christie as Sidney’s forbidden lover Amanda; Al Weaver as the timid curate Leonard Finch; Kacey Ainsworth as Geordie’s long suffering wife Cathy and Lorne MacFadyen as DC Phil Wilkinson. And of course it wouldn’t be Grantchester without the return of the gorgeous black Labrador Dickens.
“Viewers have really taken Grantchester to their hearts. We’re really excited to commission not only a third series, but also a Christmas special. The village of Grantchester is always beautiful, but to add a festive touch will be absolutely wonderful!” – Controller of ITV drama, Victoria Fea
The first ever Christmas Special 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? In the third series new Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo reminds Sidney that as clergyman he must put duty above his own needs and lead by example but can Sidney follow this advice in light of his feelings for Amanda? Meanwhile, Geordie is still happily married to Cathy but there remains an undeniable spark between himself and feisty police secretary Margaret (Seline Hizli).
Elsewhere, Leonard was left heartbroken after Daniel (Oliver Dimsdale) left him for another man, but in this series he findsromantic happiness with someone else but will those around him allow this? Mrs Maguire’s friendship with dashing Jack (Nick Brimble) develops, but can anyone ever replace her late husband Ronnie?
Peter Davison will play Geoff Towler, the village solicitor, captain of the cricket team and a man who rules his family with a rod of iron.
“Grantchester continues to be a delight to make and I hope will continue to delight the viewer. To be bringing to the audience a third series AND a very special Christmas episode is a particular thrill, and we can’t wait to be pouring snow onto the East Anglian Fens.” – Executive Producer, Diederick Santer
Grantchester is a Lovely Day and MASTERPIECE co-production based on James Runcie’s The Grantchester Mysteries and adapted by writer Daisy Coulam. The six new episodes and Christmas Special will be filmed in Grantchester, Cambridge and London.