While crime mysteries are thrilling to watch, they generally fail to offer anything more than the crime and crime solving. Occasionally, with well-made crime mystery shows/movies, audiences get some interesting characters. That’s about the entire deal.
However, ITV’s British crime mystery show, ‘Grantchester’, tries to achieve much more, and even succeeds to quite an extent. Not only does it try to provide the thrill that a detective series generally offers, it also tries to do so with a message. The moral dilemmas the show tries to create or the philosophy that it tries to portray ends up adding to the essence of the plot and the characters. This makes watching ‘Grantchester’ a more wholesome affair than out-and-out crime mystery thrillers that don’t offer much beyond the crime and the investigation.
Season 1 of ‘Grantchester’ first made its way to viewers’ screens on October 6, 2014. A bit less than two years later, Season 2 of the show aired on March 2, 2016, and was followed by Season 3 airing on April 23, 2017. Subsequently, after a fairly long break, ‘Grantchester’ returned with Season 4 on January 11, 2019. Now, the question in everyone’s mind is whether ‘Grantchester’ will return with another season of detective work and crime fighting.
Grantchester Cast: Who is in it?
For quite a long time, Robson Green and James Norton played the roles of the two main protagonists, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating and Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers, respectively. However, Season 4 saw Norton leave after two episodes, and the duty fell on Tom Brittney to replace him as one of the protagonists. Consequently, in Season 4, Brittney took on the role of Reverend Will Davenport, and replaced Chambers as the second protagonist. Further, in Season 4, Bradley Hall joined the cast as Larry Peters, Keating’s partner in the police force, as did Felix Scott as Detective Inspector Sean Donovan.
These changes apart, other major characters remained the same from the previous seasons. Tessa Peake-Jones reprised her role as vicarage housekeeper Sylvia Maguire, while Al Weaver again slipped into the shoes of the gay junior Anglican curate, Leonard Finch. Kacey Ainsworth, too, returned as Keating’s wife, Cathy Keating, while Nick Brimble returned as former businessman and Maguire’s husband, John Chapman. Skye Lucia Degruttola returned too, as Keating’s daughter Esme.
Grantchester Plot: What is it about?
Based on a series of crime fiction books by British author James Runcie, ‘Grantchester’ is set in 1950s England, and primarily takes in place in the village of Grantchester in Cambridgeshire. While the first three seasons of ‘Grantchester’ followed the adventures of Sidney Chambers and Geordie Keating, Season 4 had to change things up a bit owing to Norton’s exit from the show.
Despite the shake-up in the cast, ‘Grantchester’ Season 4 delivered the emotional, often nerve-racking, crime-solving drama that the show is known for. After Chambers’ brief stint in the first two episodes of Season 4, the show focused on Keating and his new clergyman-turned-investigator partner, Reverend Will Davenport. In Season 4, we see Reverend Davenport coming to terms with his new life wherein he’s not only the vicar, but also someone who is actively involved in trying to solve crimes with Keating. However, despite his initial unease, Davenport fights his own demons throughout Season 4, and finally decides to continue in the new life that he has found himself in. This ending, perhaps, hints at more adventures to come for Davenport and Keating.
In terms of ratings, ‘Grantchester’ received quite the critical acclaim – Season 1 of the show enjoys a perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Season 2 is not too far behind, having an impressive score of 86%. Audiences, too, seem to be enjoying the show quite a bit, as it boasts a rating of 8/10 on IMDb.
Grantchester Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Grantchester’ Season 4 premiered on January 11, 2019 on ITV. It is set to premiere in the US on July 14, 2019 on PBS.
When it was announced that James Norton would be leaving ‘Grantchester’ prematurely, many thought that Norton’s exit would spell doom for the show, and that the show would come to an end after Season 4. However, now that Brittney has replaced him, things have turned out to be different.
On July 11, 2019, ITV announced that the show has been renewed for a fifth season. Now that word is out, all we have to do is wait for ITV to reveal a release date. Going by precedents, it would be a reasonable guess that ‘Grantchester’ Season 5 will most likely release in January, 2020.
With Season 5 of ‘Grantchester’ confirmed, we’re eagerly awaiting the release of the trailer. Regardless of whether ‘Grantchester’ Season 5 reaches our screens in late 2019 or early 2020, we don’t expect ITV to release the trailer soon. We will update this section with the trailer of Season 5 when ITV releases the same, so do check back. Meanwhile, here’s the trailer for ‘Grantchester’ Season 4, in case you have missed it.
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