James Norton reprises his role as Sidney Chambers, the charismatic, charming, crime-fighting clergyman, and Robson Green returns as his partner in crime, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, in the second series of Grantchester. It's 1954 and having lain his wartime past to rest, Sidney Chambers is in a good place. Booze and self-doubt have taken a back seat to his duties and congregation. He's growing up, and trying to lead a good life. But things are never easy and when Sidney finds himself wrongly accused of a crime, his unmasking of the real culprit will send shockwaves through the entire village. Sidney and Geordie's unlikely friendship has blossomed - they will do anything for one another - but as the story unfolds they will find that loyalty tested to the limit. A vicar keeps people's confidences. A copper is hell bent on exposing them. Will allegiance to the institutions they work for ultimately be Sidney and Geordie's undoing?
Engaging but anachronistic
- Grantchester: Series 2 review by DB
Grantchester is a well-written serial with engaging characters and relationships animated by high-quality acting. Viewers with an eye for detail and historical accuracy may find it frustrating, though: for example, suicide victims could not be buried in consecrated ground in 1954, and Leonard would not have been able to be at all open about his sexuality in society at large, let alone in the church.
None of these things need spoil the enjoyment of the drama overall, and a mild suspension of disbelief reveals sensitive treatment of complex questions which, I sense, were simply not talked about at the time. All of this is played out against the gentle background of the Cambridgeshire countryside and the cobbles and colleges of the University, so it always looks pretty, whatever the plot.