‘Grantchester’ S1 premieres Sunday on PBS; S2 commissioned by ITV in UK


Written by the son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury, Grantchester makes its way to PBS after a success first series run on ITV in the UK this past Autumn.  The vicar-turned-detective adaptation is set in 1950’s Cambridgeshire and starring James Norton (Death Comes to Pemberley, Happy Valley) and Robson Green (Touching Evil, Reckless), takes inspiration from a book by James Runcie, head of literature at the Southbank Centre in London, whose father Robert was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1980s. The six-part series begins this coming Sunday on PBS at 10:00p ET/9:00p CT following that little series called Downton Abbey.

James Norton and Robson Green in Grantchester premiering Sunday on PBS

Grantchester is based on “Sidney Chambers And The Shadow Of Death”, with a script by former EastEnders writer Daisy Coulam and the investigation of the suspicious death of one of the church’s town parishioners.

Eerily reminiscent of a much grittier version of the BBC series, Father BrownGrantchester focuses on the crime-solving relationship between a charismatic clergyman Sidney Chambers (James Norton), whose intuitive techniques of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects clashes a bit with an over-worked Police Inspector, Geordie Keating, played by Robson Green, and his more methodical approach to policing. Here, both Norton and Green discuss their ‘special’ crime-solving partnership…

UK fans of Grantchester can go to sleep tonight with the knowledge that the series has been renewed for a second series with stories to be adapted from Runcie’s second Grantchester Mysteries novel, “Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night”.

Series one premieres Sunday, January 18 at 10:00p ET/9:00p CT on PBS following Downton Abbey and runs through February 22.