Grantchester – the show with a hot vicar. Are vicar’s allowed to be hot? Are they allowed to drink too much, enjoy a good smoke, and love a married woman? Do they have a propensity for solving crime?
Better looking any day than Miss Marple, comes Sidney Chambers, played by the dreamy James Norton. Probably no one during Season 1 of Grantchester drooled over him as much as they have after War & Peace. The ladies are clamoring to see more of this handsome Brit with a dreamy voice (if he’s not playing the psychopath in Happy Valley). So flock to Season 2 now on Masterpiece Theater (or Theatre, depending on which side of the pond you come from).
The scene is set in the 1950’s in Cambridgeshire village, which is apparently the era where Midwife, A Place to Call Home, Brooklyn, and a few other shows are reviving the times. James Norton plays the heartbroken man, whose love of his life married someone else. He carries the unrequited love torch throughout the episodes unable to give her up completely. As hard as his friend tries at matchmaking, he just can’t seem to move on.
Of course, Morven Christie as Amanda Kendall doesn’t help matters either. Having married the man her daddy preferred (higher classed gentry), she’s not acting very happy. Nevertheless, even though the lady’s husband just punched Sidney in the nose and told him to stay away from his wife, he doesn’t seem to get the point he’s stepping across boundaries. Give it a rest Sidney. Plenty of other women are willing to fall at your feet and wash your clergy robes.
The vicar, of course, has another relationship going on besides his congregation. He is sleuth friends with Detective Inspector Geordie Keating played by Robson Green. Though he thinks that Sidney should keep his nose out of the business of police work, he ends up tolerating his interference while solving the latest crime. The Grantchester Mysteries are based on stories written by James Runcie.
Even though the eye candy for the ladies with Mr. Norton exists, I do not find the murder and crime portion of it as engaging as other British television shows. It’s lacking the tension, dark mystery, and danger I prefer. There is always a short sermon in there somewhere for the small congregation of Sidney’s church (no revival going on here), but otherwise, the tales of crime and woe are so-so. I’ve been spoiled by intense story lines elsewhere, but I guess in 1950 crime wasn’t as exciting in Britain.
Nevertheless, it fills the void on Sunday nights. Let’s hope that Sidney falls in love with someone and we get a little heat rather than remorse brewing each episode. It could liven things up.
Will the vicar eventually fornicate? Heaven help us. So far he’s good at pushing women up against a brick wall during a passionate kiss. There may be redemption for this man after all.
P.S. It appears that Grantchester has been renewed for Season 3.