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Grantchester returns to MASTERPIECE with a new vicar: Tom Brittney (Outlander, Call the Midwife) who joins the cast of Season 4 as Reverend Will Davenport — man of the people and crime-solving partner to Robson Green’s Geordie Keating in 1950s Grantchester. James Norton, who plays the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman Sidney Chambers, makes his final appearance during the series.

Confident, caring and self-assured, Grantchester’s new young parish priest channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice. He is a man of God, but with the devil inside of him. As Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.

Says writer Daisy Coulam. “This series, change itself is our theme: the evolution of our country and with it, our characters. Some, like Geordie, will resist the unstoppable momentum of a world he feels is leaving him behind. Others will embrace the excitement – none more so than our new vicar – Will Davenport.”

About his character, Brittney says, “Will has a very strong moral compass with a thirst to change things, but underneath, there is a dark and troubled past that drives him in what he does.”

In addition to Norton and Green, returning members of the acclaimed ensemble include Tessa Peake-Jones, Kacey Ainsworth, and Al Weaver.

(Photo: Courtesy of Colin Hutton/Kudos, an Endemol Shine Company, MASTERPIECE and ITV)

With Sidney Chambers now gone from Grantchester, Geordie looks to a new religious assistant in crime-fighting: Leonard.

Leonard: Apparently, it’s not illegal because Queen Victoria couldn’t imagine what two women would get up to together…and no one had the constitution to explain.

For many, Sidney Chambers’ exit at the end of Season 4’s premiere episode felt like an abrupt and sudden leave-taking, a random curveball tossed at the audience. Those who knew about the behind-the-scenes drama at least understood why it happened. For the rest, it felt like the Hot Vicar of so many tumblrs just randomly exited.

To be fair, the randomness (and speed) of Chamber’s leaving was the fault of many parties. If Season 3 had not been quite so intent on having Chambers choose the church over Amanda, it might have been in a better position to handle this. At least the U.K. got two weeks to adjust to Chambers falling in love with a random American before departing. With a six-episode season, it meant he was part of the first third. PBS’ insistence on taking the first two episodes and putting them together as a “two-hour premiere,” on the other hand, basically gave viewers a single installment of “Sidney’s last hurrah” before closing the book on him.

But viewers aren’t the only ones struggling with the sudden loss. Inspector Geordie is super lost without his partner. The new episode finds him also trying to digest something else: The rising tide of women’s equality. He visits Cathy’s workplace, Swinnerton’s, standing around being poked and prodded by her boss Anthony Hobbs (Christian McKay) for a new wedding anniversary suit. The church isn’t doing so hot either. Leonard is terrible at sermons, and though the Chapmans are doing their best to get him promoted to vicar, it’s really not a great idea.

(Photo: Courtesy of Colin Hutton/Kudos, an Endemol Shine Company, MASTERPIECE and ITV)

Geordie is called to Cambridge University’s Mathematical Laboratory about a break-in that wasn’t. It was Tim Amery (Charlie Hamblett) who called it in, having found the place in disarray. But when Geordie arrives Professor Alex Simms (Tom Turner) declares it all a misunderstanding, insisting everything is fine. Alex’s wife, Jean Simms (Zoe Telford) and assistant Karla Read (Marli Siu) explain the computer is used to help local businesses on the side. Alex was in overnight to work on it. But before Geordie can leave a mercury spill is discovered. The fumes have apparently been poisoning Alex all night, and next thing you know he’s dead.

Upon further investigation, Alex turns out to have previous charges against him swept under the rug, for “indecency,” a.k.a. having been caught in flagrante with another man. Feeling out of his depth, Geordie heads over to ask Leonard and Daniel where to start investigating such things, and maybe finding out who Alex’s lover was. Daniel has a pretty good idea where to look, and Leonard wants to help in Sidney’s place. Next thing you know Lenoard is leading Geordie in and code wording his way past the maitre d, while Geordie is allowed in on the power of his fabulous new suit. They don’t get far, but they don’t have to, as Jean walks in, sees them, and runs.

She, too, was looking for Alex’s lover, Bobby Guthrie. She’s quite aware of her husband’s true nature, having agreed to marry him after their time as coworkers at Bletchley during WWII, to keep him “employable.” Guthrie’s wife is not nearly so aware, even as Gutherie lies dying of mercury poisoning in their bed. Geordie is about to go off and accuse Jean of doing her husband and his lover in out of jealousy, only to discover she has her own lover, Karla. Theirs was a marriage of making it work, and Leonard is there to appreciate it, and perhaps push Geordie just a smidge towards understanding it too.

(Photo: Courtesy of Colin Hutton/Kudos, an Endemol Shine Company, MASTERPIECE and ITV)

Meanwhile, Will Davenport attempts to ride in to save the show from becoming too adorable. But Mrs. Chapman isn’t having any new vicars, not ones that ride motorcycles and make hearts throb, no sir. She insists Leonard has taken the position and dismisses him. In the world of change, Cathy’s not having a great time either. After falling for all of Hobbs’ sweet talk about fashion, she finds herself sexually assaulted by him ahead of her anniversary dinner with Geordie. The dinner goes terribly, as one would expect, with Geordie utterly bewildered at how he must have screwed up.

Naturally, he’s in a horrible mood when they confront Guthrie the next morning. The poor man is so deep in the closet he can’t admit he even knew Alex. Geordie blows up and confronts his wife with the truth of her husband’s proclivities. This upsets Leonard so much, he quits on the spot. There’s no evidence that Alex’s murder had anything to do with anyone’s sexuality, and now Guthrie’s life is ruined. The inspector realizes Leonard is right. Ignore the modern relationships, the computers, and look at the evidence, something he’s failed to do with all the psychological intrigue. The mercury vials were a murder weapon. A search of them turns up Jean’s wedding ring. But Leonard’s influence has already led Geordie to realize it’s not her. It was planted by Amery, who was mad that Alex was standing in the way of progress and new computers of the future. He killed Alex, framed Jean, and planned to inherit the lab and upgrade it.

As for the church, Chapman’s fuss forces the Archdeacon to show up to push for Will’s appointment over Leonard. His coded message makes it clear Leonard’s not being promoted because he “does not have a nice family.” Chapman has had all the wind drop out of her sails anyway, as the wool has fallen from her eyes over Leonard and Daniel’s relationship. Will Davenport is officially our new vicar. Grantchester rolls on.

We know that ITV’s Grantchester is coming back for a fourth season and while it will be James Norton’s last as Sidney Chambers, the series is set to be a must-watch.

Norton will return for series four, although his character won’t be fighting crime beyond then. Robson Green returns as Geordie Keating and new character reverend Will Davenport will be introduced, effectively becoming Sidney’s replacement once he leaves.

Speaking about his Grantchester exit, Norton said: “As excited as I am to be filming a new series of Grantchester, it’s also heartbreaking to be saying goodbye to Sidney Chambers. I’ve loved this experience, and particularly working with such an extraordinary cast and crew.”

Robson Green and James Norton as Geordie and Sidney

Here’s everything you need to know about Grantchester season 4…

Grantchester season 4: Who’s in it?

ITV has announced Tom Brittney (Outlander, Call the Midwife, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) will join the cast of Grantchester as Reverend Will Davenport, crime-solving partner to Robson Green’s Geordie Keating.

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“A man of the people, confident, caring and self-assured, Grantchester’s young, new parish priest Will Davenport channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice,” according to ITV.

“As Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.”

Tom Brittney as Will Davenport

Speaking about his new role, Tom Brittney said: “I am beyond excited. From the moment I heard about the role of Will Davenport, it was something I wanted more than anything. It’s a real honour to be joining such a wonderful series, with such a loyal fan base.”

Other returning cast include Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth.

Grantchester season 4: What’s going to happen?

In a PBS podcast, Grantchester creator revealed the next season takes place in 1956, a time of Elvis, change, and teddy boys.

“Our theme is evolve or die,” Coulam said. “You have to move with the times or you kind of fade away. Our characters are all sort of struggling with that, really. Geordie Keating will be facing a world without his best friend, but in good crime tradition, he will still have a new best friend to fight crime alongside.”

Speaking about Will Davenport, she said, “He’s much younger than Sidney, which instantly gives him a new characteristic because our new guy didn’t go through the war…he’s the sort of face of modern Britain.”

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Grantchester season 4: When will it be on TV?

Grantchester series four is currently in production in London, Cambridge, and Grantchester. It’s not yet known when it will air on ITV.

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The first season of Netflix’s sumptuous, sharp royal drama The Crown wrapped up on an ominous note, with Elizabeth (Claire Foy) forced to put the crown before her family for the first time in forbidding Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) from marrying her divorced beau. Things had also grown tense in Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip (Matt Smith), while the 1955 resignation of Winston Churchill signaled the beginning of a tumultuous period in British politics.

So what’s coming when Season 2 returns on December 8? Here’s everything we know so far.

1) Season 2 will cover another decade.

Much like the first season, Season 2 will cover roughly 10 years, and will pick up soon after the finale left off. That suggests it’ll go from roughly 1955 to 1964. Given how lit London was during the swinging ’60s, this is exciting news on several fronts, though there’s still no confirmation on whether The Beatles—of whom the teenage Prince Charles was a huge fan—will be making an appearance.

“In this new world of the 1960s with sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll…that’s not what you really associate with ‘the royal family,'” Foy told The Hollywood Reporter.

2) Philip and his backstory will be front and center.

Throughout Season 1, Philip was a relatively undeveloped character, serving mostly as a foil to Elizabeth as she grappled with her new responsibilities. This season, though, he’s central—as is his relationship to a young Prince Charles. “We meet when he’s young and we learn about his history,” Smith told THR. “I think it’s actually really tragic what he went through as a child and I think that will shock some people. It wasn’t easy, he didn’t have an easy life.”

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3) Things will get worse for Philip and Elizabeth before they get better.

Last season saw Philip struggling to accept his wife’s new role on the throne—and specifically his own subservience as a result—while media attention put even more strain on the couple’s marriage. “The rumors haven’t gone away,” Elizabeth says in the Season 2 trailer, presumably in reference to the whispers about Philip’s infidelities which did, indeed, abound for years in the British press.

“This is a story of a marriage very much in the second series, and how they navigate that,” Foy told THR. “They’ve been together for ten years, they’ve had two children and it’s about assessing the situation. It’s not going to be a rose-tinted view of marriage.”

Smith warned Variety, “It gets a bit hairier,” in the coming season, while Foy added “In Season 2, there are scenes I would never want to relive.” Eek. Of Elizabeth, Foy told Entertainment Weekly “she starts to realize she needs to pay more attention to her personal life. She just keeps having to go from one crisis to another to another, and at some point, it’s about five crises at the same time and you have no idea how she manages to get up in the morning.”

Judging from the first photographs released from Season 2, which show the couple sharing a quiet, tender moment while Elizabeth is pregnant with her third child, Prince Andrew, the tension doesn’t last all season. (For timeline reference, Andrew was born in 1960.)

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4) 10 Downing Street is going to need a revolving door.

A lot of prime ministers came and went during this ten-year period. Anthony Eden (Jeremy Northam) took over from Churchill in the Season 1 finale, and while those were always going to be big shoes to fill, Eden’s tenure would end up being a lot shorter and more unceremonious than anyone predicted.

Showrunner Peter Morgan confirmed Season 2 picks up with the Suez Crisis, which was the final straw in Eden’s already rocky period as PM. This disastrous decision came in October of 1956, following the invasion of Egypt by Israel. Britain and France invaded Egypt with the goal of regaining Western control of the Suez Canal—which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea—and overthrowing the Egyptian President. The United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Nations all heavily criticized the invasion, and under their pressure the invading force was withdrawn. The incident was generally regarded as an embarrassment for both Britain and France, and diminished the UK’s status as a world power.

Eden resigned at the beginning of 1957, and was succeeded by fellow conservative Macmillan, who was in turn succeeded by Douglas-Home seven years later (but we probably won’t get to that in Season 2).

5) Margaret will meet her future husband.

Though she’s undoubtedly still broken up over letting her beloved Peter Townsend go, Margaret’s new love interest Lord Snowdon is played by Matthew Goode—as consolation prizes go, not terrible. A fêted society photographer, Snowdon became engaged to Margaret in 1960, and they remained married for sixteen tempestuous years before their divorce in 1978, despite a series of semi-public scandals. In retrospect, sticking with the divorcé would have caused a lot less drama.

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6) JFK and Jackie Kennedy are coming.

America was barely a footnote in the last season of The Crown, but now the transatlantic intrigue is picking up steam with the introduction of the 35th president and his wife. Michael C. Hall’s JFK is described as “most at home in front of a crowd—a natural leader and excellent public speaker who does not take kindly to being upstaged by anyone, especially his wife.” He feels undermined by his wife’s popularity, and “in public, he seeks revenge by flaunting his many infidelities and, behind closed doors, his jealousy surfaces in the form of anger and manipulation.”

Jodi Balfour’s Jackie, meanwhile, is described as “a shy woman who loathes public life” but hides her reticence behind a charming and confident exterior.

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7) Season 2 is our last season with this cast.

While The Crown itself has a six-season plan in place, its cast is not continuing the journey. Last last year, Foy dropped the bombshell that the show will be completely re-cast after Season 2 in order to allow the characters to age convincingly into their forties and beyond. So, assuming aging prosthetics haven’t evolved dramatically by the time Season 2 starts pre-production (please?), you should savor every second of Foy, Smith and their colleagues while you can.

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GRANTCHESTER is back on our screens for another series.

But who is in the cast? And why has James Norton quit? Here’s what you need to know about season four…

5 Grantchester returns for a new seriesCredit: ITV

Who is in the Grantchester cast?

James Norton as Reverend Sidney Chambers

James’ character is a former Scots Guards officer turned vicar with an intuitive approach to solving crime.

Unfortunately he will only be in the first episode of season four and then he’s off – for good (see below for why he quit).

James, 33, has seen his star soar over the last five years.

His career has gone from strength to strength since his TV breakthrough as creepy Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley.

Recently he took the lead in hit BBC show McMafia.

Robson Green as DI Keating

Robson plays a gruff World War II veteran with a more rough-round-the-edges policing style.

The actor shot to fame when he portrayed Fusilier Dave Tucker in Soldier Soldier (1991–95) and then Dr Tony Hill in Wire in the Blood (2002–08).

There had been concerns that Robson would also quit Grantchester after James announced he would be leaving, but he has reassured fans he is staying for the forseeable future.

5 James Norton is leaving the show after episode one but Robson Green is stayingCredit: ITV

Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport

Tom is set to make his first appearance in the first episode of series four.

He is replacing James as the new resident Vicar.

Hinting at what fans can expect from Will, Tom told the Radio Times: “There’s a dark past underneath that makes him that way. William has flaws and things he’s running away from.”

Tom is best known for playing Lieutenant Jeremy Foster in the first series of Outlander.

Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs Chapman

Tessa has played Sidney’s religious housekeeper since series one.

But before Grantchester the actress was best known for playing Del Boy Trotter’s wife Raquel in Only Fools and Horses.

After that show ended she starred in many popular TV shows including Holby City, Doctors and Midsomer Murders.

5 Tom Brittney (left) takes over from James as the resident vicarCredit: ITV

Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating

Kacey has been a series regular in Grantchester since it started.

But she is best known for playing the long-suffering Little Mo on EastEnders from 2000 until 2006.

This role saw her win the 2002 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress and she twice won the British Soap Award for Best Actress (2002–03).

Her biggest storyline involved her abusive husband Trevor Morgan, played by Alex Ferns.

Kacey has also been a regular panellist on Loose Women since 2017.

Nick Brimble at Jack Chapman

Nick joined the cast in season one but became a series regular from series three.

His character went on to marry Sidney’s housekeeper.

He has been acting since the 70s, but his recent work includes Watership Down, The Halcyon and War & Peace.

Nick comes from the Brimble acting dynasty, with his twin siblings, Ian and Vincent Brimble, and father Roy also actors.

5 Tessa Peake-Jones and Nick Brimble return as Mr and Mrs ChapmanCredit: ITV

Al Weaver as Leonard Finch

Al has been in the series since the very beginning as Sidney’s awkward protege.

Apart from his role in Grantchester, the 37-year-old from Bolton has also appeared in several TV shows and films.

His film credits include Doom (2005), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Marie Antoinette (2006).

More recently he is known for playing James Edwards in hit BBC show Press.

5 James has quit after five years of doing the showCredit: ITV

Why has James Norton quit Grantchester?

Unfortunately James has confirmed series four will be his last.

Opening up about why he decided to leave the show, he told the Radio Times: “It was a combination of things .

“The Amanda storyline tying up the way it did with her and Sidney breaking up and him choosing the church in the third series felt like a natural conclusion to Sidney’s story.

“Then when the possibility of a fourth series came along, the decision was whether or not to start a whole new journey for Sidney.

“It felt like it would be better to hand over the baton to someone else and give Grantchester a fresh injection of energy.

“It’s been a privilege to play such a wonderful character, but I feel like there are other vicars, other conflicted souls to explore. So it’s time to introduce Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport.”

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The fourth series of Grantchester will continue on ITV tonight (February 15, 2019).

You can catch it at 9pm.

If you miss it you can watch it on the ITV Hub, after it has aired.

Robson Green and James Norton (Photo: Courtesy of Colin Hutton/Kudos, an Endemol Shine Company, MASTERPIECE and ITV)

It’s been two years since mystery series Grantchester last aired on these shores, and quite a bit has happened between then and now. The six-episode Season 3 (plus Christmas Special premiere) was a hard one for everyone’s favorite Vicar, Sidney Chambers (James Norton). After spending two seasons pining after Amanda Hopkins (Morven Christie), she’s finally free of her husband Guy (Tom Austen) and well on her way to having her baby. His partner, DI Geordie Keating (Robson Green), approves of the match and Chambers’ happiness. But things aren’t as easy as all that. Amanda faces social pressures from all sides to return to her husband, rather than stay divorced. And Sidney still can’t actually be with her, as her divorced status means he, as a man of the cloth, cannot marry her or call himself daddy to her child.

To stay with the church or stay with the girl? All season, that was the debate. The Archbishop made it clear that Chambers should choose the former, while at every turn, Sidney yearned to pick the latter. Entire episode’s worth of cases occurred because of Chamber’s desire to get away, including the adventure where Mrs. Maguire (Tessa Peake-Jones)’s supposedly-deceased husband turns up. (Don’t worry, Ronnie’s not long for the world, freeing her up to marry again by season’s end.) In fact, marriage is all anyone talks about. Sidney and his desire to be able to, Geordie, and the miserable mess of blowing up his own over the junior clerk Margaret (Seline Hizli). Even Chamber’s coworker Leonard Finch (Al Weaver) gets engaged at one point, though blessedly, that only lasted for an episode or two before fiance Hilary (Pheline Roggan) realized something was very wrong with their relationship.

And then, everyone found a happily ever after of their own choosing. Leonard found a lovely photographer named Daniel (Oliver Dimsdale) and got to have his first real kiss. Geordie realized at Mrs. Maguire’s wedding that he’s made a complete fool of himself and begs his wife Kathy (Kacey Ainsworth) to let him come home. And after Sidney decides he chooses Amanda and moves to a dingy flat in London, he realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. That’s it for the relationship. Amanda disappears from the frame so hard, she doesn’t even come to Maguire’s wedding where she officially becomes Mrs. Chapman. Miraculously, the show was reset for Season 4.

And then, right as the series finished jumping through all these hoops to keep Norton as their leading man vicar, the star got offered the lead role in an AMC series, and a part in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming big-screen adaptation of Little Women. Oops.

To everyone’s credit, rather than pop Sidney in a speeding car and running him off the road Downton Abbey-style, Grantchester instead chose to take a year off and see how things played out with his AMC series. (It failed.) Tempers cooled, and the producers realized it had made the best decision ever by not naming the show Sidney Chambers (like the books are), but the more generalized Grantchester. This way, if Norton did choose to roll out in search of more American leading roles, the producers could just hire another Hot Vicar, and call it a day.

In the end, that’s just what they’ve done. Season 4 will begin with Norton’s Chambers back where we left him, but he’s not long for the job. Whether it’s the return of Amanda that lures him away or another reason to walk from the church for good remains to be seen. But by the time the new season is over, Tom Brittney will have joined the cast and the rectory as Will Davenport. He’ll also join the chase to find those who do bad things in Grantchester, before delivering sermons on them at the end of every week.

Grantchester Season 4 begins on Sunday, July 14, at 9 p.m. ET on most PBS stations. As always, check your local listings.

First the good news for Grantchester fans: The ITV & PBS series has been renewed for Season 4. Now the rotten news: They will be the final episodes with star James Norton as the jazz-loving, crime-solving vicar Sidney Chambers as the actor segues to the BBC-AMC drama McMafia.

Norton, whose name has been bandied about as the next James Bond, will return to the Masterpiece series alongside Robson Green, who co-stars as his partner-in-crimefighting Detective Geordie Keating. Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth also star. Production begins in June in London for a 2019 premiere.

But Norton’s exit won’t signal the end of the series set in the 1950s in the English hamlet of Grantchester.

“It’s a bittersweet time for Grantchester fans, who will be cheering the return of the series but crushed to say goodbye to James,” said Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton at WGBH Boston. “We want to assure them that the series they love will continue — with brilliant new episodes and a captivating new vicar.”

Season 3 saw Sidney (Norton) choosing between Amanda (Morven Christie) and the church; Detective Geordie Keating (Green) working to repair his tattered marriage; Mrs. Maguire (Peake-Jones) becoming Mrs. Chapman, and Leonard (Weaver) on the verge of finding love.

“I’m ecstatic that — with Masterpiece and ITV — we are returning to Grantchester with all our favourite characters,” executive producer Diederick Santer. “While I’m sad that these will be James Norton’s final episodes, we will make sure he goes out with a bang. We’ve got exciting plans for where the show is heading and the vicarage won’t be vacant for long.”

Grantchester is a co-production of Kudos and Masterpiece for ITV and is distributed internationally by Endemol Shine International, who have sold the show across 162 countries. The executive producers are Santer, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, Daisy Coulam and Eaton. Season 4 will be produced by Richard Cookson.

‘Grantchester’ Season Four Is Returning to PBS This Summer

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Mark your calendars, because the detective drama Grantchester is returning to PBS this summer. If you’re familiar with the British mystery series starring James Norton, read on. If not, start at the beginning—episode one of season one—and then come back to us when you’re finished.

Up to speed? Excellent. According to PBS, “Grantchester Season 4 premieres Sunday, July 14, 2019, 9/8c on MASTERPIECE, and returns with a new vicar.” This is the last season in which James Norton (War & Peace, Death Comes to Pemberley), who plays Anglican vicar and amateur detective Sidney Chambers, will appear. Season four will fill Norton’s absence by adding several new characters to the cast, including a brand-new central character played by Tom Brittney. According to PBS, “Tom Brittney joins the cast as Reverend Will Davenport—man of the people and crime-solving partner to Robson Green’s Geordie Keating in 1950s Grantchester.”

Brittany previously appeared on Outlander and Call the Midwife, and in season four of Grantchester, he will play a vicar-turned-detective, much like Chambers, the character James Norton is retiring. Jemma Redgrave (Bramwell, Love & Friendship) is new to the series this season too, and she will play Amelia, the mother of the new vicar Will Davenport. You can see a glimpse of the new season in the season four preview below.

Watch the season four preview:

You can tune into Grantchester this summer when season four premieres on PBS on July 14—check local listings to confirm—or you can start at the beginning: All three seasons can now be found at pbs.org and on Amazon Prime.

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James Norton and Robson Green in “Grantchester” (Photo: ITV)

Good news for mystery fans! The new season of popular period mystery Grantchester will air in the U.S. this June. The drama’s third season will begin on Sunday, June 18 at 9pm. (So mark your calendars now!)

Stars James Norton and Robson Green will be back as the crime-solving duo of vicar Sidney Chambers and his partner Detective Inspector Geordie Keating. The drama is based on the “Grantchester Mysteries” books author James Runcie, and Season 3 will likely map to the third novel in the series, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil.

When we left things at the end of Season 2, we were all left wondering what would happen between Sidney and Amanda, now that she has left her husband. (And the two have declared their very obvious feelings for one another.) New Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo reminds Sidney that as clergyman he must put duty above his own needs and lead by example. But given the strength of his feelings for Amanda, is this something that Sidney can do? Sidney’s moral dilemma here will likely be a large part of this season.

In other Season 3 news, Doctor Who star Peter Davison will play a rather significant guest role this year. The former Fifth Doctor joins the cast as Geoff Towler, the village solicitor and captain of the cricket team. According to the Season 3 press release, Towler apparently “rules his family with a rod of iron”, whatever that means. (It certainly sounds ominous.)

Grantchester’s new season will begin in the UK at the end of April, so it looks like Americans won’t be that far behind this time. And, since the US broadcast will consist of seven episodes versus the UK’s six, it looks like Americans are going to finally get to see the Grantchester Christmas special from 2016, as well, as part of the new season. (Or at least this is my best guess as to why we’re getting an extra episode anyway. It certainly makes sense. Woohoo!)

Are you excited for more Grantchester? What would you like to see in Season 3?

What time is Grantchester series four on TV? When is James Norton leaving and who is replacing him?

One of ITV’s most popular running dramas, Grantchester is back with a fourth series in 2019.

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However, it could be a bittersweet series for fans, as it’s set to be James Norton’s final appearance as Sidney Chambers, the man of God who is surprisingly talented at solving crime.

While Norton may be moving on, there’s still plenty to be excited about when it comes to Grantchester series four – not least a new vicar arriving in the parish.

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Find out everything you need to know about the new series below.

When is Grantchester series 4 on TV?

Grantchester series four has already aired in the UK, with British viewers tuning in January-February 2019 on ITV.

In the US, the fourth season will kick off on Sunday 14 July 2019 at 9/8c on PBS Masterpiece.

When is James Norton leaving Grantchester?

Yes, the reports are true: Grantchester series four will include James Norton’s final appearance as Sidney Chambers.

“As excited as I am to be filming a new series of Grantchester, it’s also heartbreaking to be saying goodbye to Sidney Chambers,” Norton said in 2018. “I’ve loved this experience, and particularly working with such an extraordinary cast and crew.”

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Norton’s exit from the small Cambridge village promises to be an emotional one, with his co-star Robson Green admitting he cried “real tears” at bidding his friend goodbye.

“There wasn’t acting required,” he told RadioTimes.com. “James is an intelligent, charismatic, joyous person to be alongside, and it’s hard to say goodbye to someone you’ve shared your deepest feelings and thoughts with.

“It was so beautifully written and so powerful on so many levels. It was very poignant.”

Norton did show up in the series’ opening episode which saw him come into contact with the Todd family hailing from Alabama. But Sidney is dissatisfied with life in the village and fed up with the pettiness of the church congregation – and his eye is caught by the engaging Violet Todd.

Life beyond Grantchester beckons…

Who is replacing James Norton in Grantchester?

Actor Tom Brittney is set to replace James Norton in future series and will join the cast of series four as new vicar the Reverend Will Davenport. The 28-year-old actor has previously starred in UnREAL, Outlander and Call the Midwife.

New Grantchester star Tom Brittney is replacing James Norton in series four (Getty)

Will Davenport is an energetic man of the people according to ITV, “who channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice. He is a man of God, but with the devil inside of him.”

The new character will also bring a sense of generational change, according to creator Daisy Coulam.

  • Read our interview with new Grantchester actor Tom Brittney

“He’s much younger than Sidney, which instantly gives him a new characteristic because our new guy didn’t go through the war,” she said in a recent PBS podcast interview. “He’s the face of modern Britain.”

Norton gave his blessing to actor Brittney, saying, “All the best to the fantastic Tom Brittney in his role as the new vicar. He is a wonderful addition to the Grantchester family.”

“All the auditions were brilliant, but Tom had the thing we wanted,” Green added. “He’s so hardworking. He cares so much and just wants to get it right.”

Who else stars in Grantchester series four?

Davenport will team up with Geordie Keating (again played by Robson Green) who “draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge.”

The returning cast includes Al Weaver as Leonard Finch; Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs Maguire; and Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating.

What happens in the new series of Grantchester?

In a PBS podcast the Grantchester creator Daisy Coulam said that the new series would bring some changes.

The series is set in 1956, a world after rationing, where Elvis has his first number one, Teddyboys are bringing new fashions to the streets, and life beyond the small hamlet is moving quickly.

“The world is changing, people are changing, and we decided to make that a theme of the series” Coulam said.

“Our theme is evolve or die. You have to move with the times or you kind of fade away. Our characters are all sort of struggling with that, really. Geordie Keating will be facing a world without his best friend, but in good crime tradition, he will still have a new best friend to fight crime alongside,” she added.

The new series will also see characters tackling themes such as homosexuality, racism and female equality.

However, not every character is happy to embrace change, with Green admitting the gruff Geordie struggling – particularly with his wife Cathy getting her own jobs and finding her own feet.

“Geordie really struggles,” Green said. “He feels stuck in a different time and wants things to go back to the way they were.

“In this situation in the 50s, suddenly the wife can become the breadwinner. Cathy’s broadening her horizons, but Geordie’s feeling his wages should be good enough.

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“Deep down, the main risk for him is that she’s going to be meeting other men. Then he’s getting peer pressure from work as Cathy can buy her own things and his colleagues are seeing that. That theme of her becoming liberated gets more prominent.”