Men Behaving Badly’s Neil Morrissey signs on for series 2 of ‘Grantchester’


Men Behaving Badly‘s Neil Morrissey has been added to the cast of the second set of Grantchester mysteries which has begun filming in and around London, Cambridge and Grantchester. Based on The Grantchester Mysteries by James Runcie, the next set of six episodes will continue to follow the exploits of a rather unlikely duo, the charismatic, charming crime-fighting clergyman Sidney Chambers (James Norton) and gruff, down-to-earth, overworked Police Inspector Geordie Keating, played by Robson Green, whom many longtime PBS viewers will remember from Touching Evil.

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Neil Morrissey, who was also a series regular on Waterloo Road, appeared the first series of Line of Duty, an episode of Inspector George Gently and in several episodes in the newest series of Death in Paradise, will play Harding Redmond, a resident of Grantchester and grieving father whose teenage daughter Abigail (Grace Holley) is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Heartbroken and desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to Abigail, Harding accuses Sidney of having an inappropriate relationship with her. Sidney is determined to prove his innocence but will Harding’s accusations change the way the villagers feel about him?

Morrissey said of his new role: “I’m really excited to be joining the cast of Grantchester.  It’s great to work with James Norton, Robson Green and the rest of the cast, and I can’t wait to film in the actual village of Grantchester, which I know is beautiful. I’m also happy to be sporting a funky fifties moustache, my first foray into top lip decoration since I started acting.

As we recently reported, when we last left Grantchester, Geordie was shot on duty in the final episode of the last series, which aired on PBS in January 2015. A year on, for the second series, he appears to have put this behind him. But underneath his carefree exterior there are new feelings of vulnerability, and this puts a strain on his relationship with Cathy, and his friendship with Sidney. For series two, the vicar is still single and Geordie makes it his mission to find him a woman. But the handsome vicar clearly still only has eyes for Amanda, whom we last saw when she was about to marry Sidney’s rival Guy.

For series two, which will be adapted from Runcie’s second Grantchester Mysteries novel, “Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night”, it’s 1954 and murderers were still hanged. In this new series Sidney and Geordie have to face up to the consequences of becoming such an accomplished crime fighting duo. For Sidney, in particular, as the vicar in a small village this becomes increasingly difficult.

Aside from Morrissey being added to the cast,all of the regulars from series one will reprise their roles including, most importantly, Dickens, the black Labrador. I hope Dickens wasn’t a huge fan of Downton Abbey. We all know what happened to Isis…

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