'Grantchester' Is the PBS Detective Drama You Need in Your Life
Queue up this show tonight.
We could all use a little mystery in our lives, don’t you think? If your answer to that question is yes, you’ll likely enjoy Grantchester, a British television drama and whodunit that’s based on a series of detective stories by English writer James Runcie.
The drama gets its name from Runcie’s collection—which is called The Grantchester Mysteries—as well as the small English town in which it’s set: Grantchester in Cambridgeshire. The series takes place in the 1950s and follows an Anglican priest and former army officer named Sidney Chambers, whose extracurricular pursuits involve solving mysteries. According to PBS, “Although Sidney lives the life of a clergyman, sometimes he can’t help but fall into more worldly habits as he solves murders in the bucolic village of Grantchester, tirelessly searching for justice, spiritual fulfillment, love, and a really hip jazz club.”
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Grantchester stars James Norton (War & Peace, Death Comes to Pemberley) as the vicar and amateur sleuth Sidney Chambers, Robson Green (Waterloo Road, Mount Pleasant) as Inspector Geordie Keating, Chambers’ partner in solving crime. The cast also includes Tessa Peake-Jones (Pride and Prejudice, Holby City), Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders, Holby Blue), Al Weaver (Marie Antoinette, The Hollow Crown), and Morven Christie (Ordeal by Innocence, Lost in Austen).
Season one of Grantchester aired in 2014 on the ITV network in the U.K., and season four is set to premiere on PBS in 2019. You can find all three seasons of the detective drama available to watch now at pbs.org with a PBS Thirteen Passport subscription, or you can access the series via Amazon Prime Video with an Amazon Prime membership.
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Are you already a Grantchester fan, or will you be tuning in at the next available opportunity? What series are on your to-watch list this month?