The Cambridgeshire Priest Returns in Grantchester, Season Two: Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating Bring Justice and Spiritual Nourishment to Early 1950s England
Actors Robson Green and James Norton, as Keating and Chambers filming Season Two of Grantchester on Clare College Bridge, Cambridge, England
Editor's Note: Now that the curtain is being drawn on the Downton Abbey saga we have to quickly turn to the resumption of Grantchester, Season Two, and the handsome priest, Sidney Chambers. We found ourselves disarmed by actor James Norton as Sidney and admit we were previously drawn to Robson Green, playing Inspector Geordie Keating. Green was seen in the series, Wire in the Blood, so the combination of the two actors makes Grantchester even more appealing. There is a dark note to the first episode, but a second season must, by all accounts, startle on some level.
Behind the scenes of Grantchester, Season Two:
James Norton (War and Peace) dons his priestly collar and Robson Green (Reckless) his rumpled raincoat for a new season of Grantchester as the improbable crime-fighting team, Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating, bring justice and spiritual nourishment to early 1950s England.
Based on the popular Sidney Chambers mystery novels by James Runcie, Grantchester was praised by critics far and wide during its premiere season. The Wall Street Journal judged it "glorious;" The Orlando Sentinel, "compelling;" USA Today, "charming;" The Los Angeles Times, "guilelessly entertaining;" and The New York Daily News, "visually engaging ... romantic."
James Runcie is an award-winning film-maker and the author of seven novels. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death, the first in 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series, was published in 2012, soon followed by Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night, and Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil. See more about the series at the author's website, Bloomsbury Publishing.
Still unresolved from last season is Sidney's love life. Handsome, worldly-wise, and virtuous, he should be an ideal catch. And at least one very promising female companion turns up in the new series. But will Sidney scare her away with his unconventional taste for jazz, blood-splattered crime scenes, and a married woman?
The new season's cases include a shocking charge of sexual assault that turns into a homicide investigation implicating a pillar of the community; an apparent suicide from the college spire that takes on Cold War overtones: a confession to murder in which the alleged victim is still very much alive; a haunted stable with links to the Holocaust and more.
Grantchester Season 2 starring James Norton and Robson Green will air Sunday, March 27 — May 1, 2016 at 9pm ET, Masterpiece on PBS.
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