‘Grantchester’ returns to PBS’ Drama Sundays this week!


Buck up, Grantchester fans! James Norton (Happy Valley, War and Peace) reprises his role as Sidney Chambers, the charismatic, charming, crime-fighting clergyman, and Robson Green (Touching Evil, Strikeback, Wire In The Blood) returns as his partner in crime, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, when the second series of Grantchester begins on PBS, Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 9:00p ET/8:00p CT.

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Before we get to series 2, however, there is a good chance you might need is a quick refresher on series 1 which aired on PBS in 2015. Once again, as with yesterday’s Mr Selfridge catch-up, we’ve got you covered.

When series 2 begins this Sunday on PBS, it’s 1954. We find ourselves just outside the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, local vicar Sidney Chambers [Norton] is enjoying a glorious picnic with his best friend, DI Geordie Keating [Green], Geordie’s family, Sidney’s shy curate Leonard Finch [Al Weaver] and their grumpy housekeeper Mrs Maguire [Tessa Peake-Jones]. Walking home, their happy day is cut short when DC Phil Wilkinson [Lorne Macfadyen] arrests Sidney and the charge is…sexual assault.

Speaking of “the scene” above in which the two Grantchester stars appear shirtless following a quick dip in the opening minutes of episode 1, Norton laughed it off saying, “That Poldark shot made me feel incredibly inadequate and emasculated. I can’t deny that Robson and I were in the gym doing press-ups the night before we shot that scene. Of course we were! We were freaking out thinking, ‘oh god, ten million people are going to be watching us in our swimming trunks”.

Grantchester S2 begins Sunday, March 27 at 9:00pET/8:00pCT on PBS.