Grantchester – Drama Series Hits ITV 1
October 2014 saw the first episode of ITV 1’s new six part murder mystery Grantchester take to our screens – the series, based on the much loved The Grantchester Mysteries novels by author James Runcie brings the Cambridgeshire countryside to life in this period drama, set in the 1950s.
James Norton (Happy Valley, Death Comes to Pemberley) plays the role of Sidney Chambers, a local vicar who is joined by a plain speaking, over-worked Police Inspector, Geordie Keating, played by Robson Green (Reckless, Wire In The Blood) in investigating local murder cases.
Set in 1953 in the beautiful county of Cambridgeshire, Sidney’s unlikely partnership with gruff, down to earth Geordie is central to Grantchester’s dynamic.
Geordie’s methodical approach to policing complements Sidney’s more intuitive techniques of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects.
They are partners in crime and forge a true friendship as each offers a different insight into the crimes they begin to unravel.
The series showcases the aesthetic beauty of the city of Cambridge and the surrounding areas key iconic locations, including the University of Cambridge colleges, The Backs of the River Cam and of course the stunningly beautiful village of Gratchester itself.
Grantchester is filmed and set in the real village of the same name, located on the outskirts of Cambridge, which featured in the 1912 Rupert Brooke poem ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester.’
Season 2 aired in February 2016 and can be seen on ITV 1, On Demand and Season 1 is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
See what Radio Times Travel had to say about the village of Grantchester and the city of Cambridge.