Sidney Chambers (James Norton) may be a man of the cloth, but his seemingly calm, day-to-day duties soon become revved up and dangerous when a local murder takes place.
Although he is otherwise occupied as the vicar of Grantchester – and the struggle of being a clergyman in love with a witty and beautiful woman named Amanda (Morven Christie) – Chambers soon finds himself immersed in the violent tragedy and takes it upon himself to investigate the matter. Of course, once he helps crack this case, Chambers all-of-a-sudden finds himself aiding the authorities during other cases.
Standing by Chambers’ side is Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), curate Leonard Finch (Al Weaver) and his often-disapproving housekeeper, Mrs. Maguire (Tessa Peake-Jones).
“Grantchester” premieres Wednesday, May 18 at 9pm ET/6pm PT on VisionTV. Our encore presentation of the fifth season of “Downton Abbey” will continue at 10pm ET/7pm PT, following “Grantchester.”
“I think that the reason people can approach Sidney is that – and the reason he’s so personable – is that he is a sympathetic man. And in that sense I mean people can empathize with him. He’s got his baggage just as we all do,” said Norton of his ‘Grantchester’ character during an interview with RedEyeChicago.com. “I think often the way vicars and priests are presented, either they’re kind of an old, bumbling sort of doddering fool who’s a kind of figure of comedy, or you get the very overly pious or sanctimonious kind, with all the judgment.
“Sidney isn’t that at all; he’s just a totally normal man who hopefully men and women can identify with,” continued Norton. “He’s dealing with all the same stuff, all the same obstacles. He drinks too much. He has messed up relationships with women. He’s got this horrible trauma that he experienced at war, which has really kind of conditioned him, and he’s kind of fighting all the time. So I do think that all the stuff which makes him such a rich and exciting role to play for any actor, definitely also makes him a much better vicar. He can empathize with everyone else’s baggage because he’s got so much of his own.”
Click here for more information on “Grantchester,” as well as a sizeable season one photo gallery. In the meantime, here are some kind words critics have shared about “Grantchester”:
“The glorious new mystery series Grantchester is a revelation on two fronts and unforgettable on both. It turns back the clock to solve crime in a different era, offering respite from the world around us now even as it reveals how little ever changes about the human heart.” – Wall Street Journal
“If you like Brit mysteries, this one set in the post-World War II era is easy to fall for.” – Baltimore Sun
“Grantchester is a period piece, but it’s fascinating to view it through a contemporary lens. Daisy Coulam’s adaptation is superb: She fleshes out the main characters with a deft hand, to be sure, but takes her time, enabling us to get to know Chambers as we would a new acquaintance.” – San Francisco Chronicle