Grantchester (Season 5 – PBS Masterpiece)

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Well, I couldn’t wait for the next five episodes and binged watched on PBS Passport the entire new season five of Grantchester. The former vicar, Sidney Chambers, has left, during a lackluster and lousy last episode in Season 4.  Now we have our new man of God by the name of Will Davenport.  He rides a motorbike and uses a cappuccino machine.

The usual cast of characters have returned. Detective Inspector Geordie Keating and his wife, along with Mrs. C and Leonard. A new love interest, Ellie Harding has entered the scene, who is a journalist for the local newspaper that shows up at every murder or shortly thereafter with her pen and pad in hand to get the latest scoop. A spark of interest ignites between Will and Ellie that begins an up and down roller coaster relationship, thanks to Will’s struggle to remain celibate.  Poor man — all those raging hormones stuffed inside.

Will, like Sydney, is a complicated character. He wants to be perfect, but he has his own flaws that haunt and tempt him, such as guilt and anger. To make matters worse, his relationship with his mother is strained. He appears to be absent at the vicarage constantly, except for Sunday morning to give his short thoughts about life and God. The rest of the time, he’s running around with Geordie attempting to solve the latest murder.  I think he made a career choice that doesn’t suit him very well.

Mrs. C and Leonard have smoothed things over, and Leonard is becoming bolder with his sexuality.  Each episode has its side plots beyond the usual murders and who-done-it scenarios.  I will say that Geordie has some dinger one-liners this season that had me laughing out loud. The last episode will give you a smile as he plans to tease Will relentlessly about one point (no spoilers here). Geordie seems to have a more agreeable relationship with Will than he did with Sydney, which was volatile in some episodes.  There is more of comradery and jabbing jokes, making their relationship on the lighter side.

I cannot give the show glaring accolades. It fills Sunday night and is mildly entertaining just because most want Granchester to continue.  Hence my three kernels but no butter.

Grantchester returns to ITV for a third series


James Norton and Robson Green return to Grantchester for a brand new six-part series and a Christmas Special

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Grantchester (2014-Present ITV)

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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.