|James Norton as Sidney Chambers.|
Running Time: 50 minutes.
Status: Two seasons were broadcast between 2014 and 2016. They're available on DVD in the U.S. ITV has commissioned a third season.
Production Notes: Grantchester is a based on a series of books by James Runcie, whose father was a former Archbishop of Canterbury. Runcie has published six Grantchester novels since 2012. The first one, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death contained six stand-alone mysteries. Four of them were adapted for first season episodes of the TV series. Grantchester stars James Norton and Robson Green both had prior experience in British detective shows. The latter starred in Touching Evil, while Norton appeared in Happy Valley and Death Comes to Pemberley (an unofficial sequel to Pride and Prejudice in the form of a mystery).
Our Review: Grantchester is a pleasant--if derivative--series that borrows elements from Father Brown and Endeavor. Its biggest liabilities are the mysteries which often seems like minor subplots that detract from the rest of the happenings (e.g., Sidney's love life, Geordie struggling to cope with his young son's serious illness). In fact, my enjoyment of Grantchester grew after I accepted it as a Call the Midwife-style drama instead of a British detective show. The cast is uniformly fine, with James Norton keeping Sidney from become a lovesick bore. Grantchester also benefits from a rich music score and exquisite country landscapes.