Grantchester: The Complete Second Season
Review by Suzanne Lanoue
I love this show because the hero, Sidney,
is so gorgeous and also a troubled, sad war vet. He's not
your typical vicar. James Norton plays Sidney and does a
fantastic job. His friendship with Georgie (Robson Green) is
interesting to watch. In this second season, their
friendship is really put to the test. So is Sidney's love
life, or lack thereof. I enjoyed the whole season and the
way it ended. I can't wait for season 3!
This is a
good set to have because of the special features. It has a
"Making of" special, a "Back to Granchester" feature, and
one called "The Trouble with Sidney and Geordie." They are
very entertaining to fans of the show and more than just the
Make sure to watch the first season or
you might be kind of lost as to who the characters are and
what their relationships are. I think the first season was
more fun, but this one has better stories. They're
definitely darker. Don't miss it!
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THE VICAR AND THE COP ARE BACK!
IN “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!:
Starring James Norton and Robson Green
Based on The Grantchester Mysteries
by James Runcie
Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution June 14
to View a Preview of this Program
– May 3, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today
it is releasing “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!:
GRANTCHESTER: SEASON 2”
on DVD and Blu-ray June 14, 2016.
James Norton (War and
Peace) dons his priestly collar and Robson Green (Reckless)
his rumpled raincoat for a new season as the improbable
crime-fighting team, Reverend Sidney Chambers and
Inspector Geordie Keating, bringing justice and
spiritual nourishment to early 1950s England.
SEASON 2” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray
June 14, 2016. The run time of this program is
approximately 360 minutes on 2 discs. The DVD SRP
is $39.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $49.99.
The program will also be available for digital download.
Based on the popular Sidney Chambers mystery novels by James
Runcie, Grantchester was
praised by critics far and wide during its premiere season.
The Wall Street Journal judged it “glorious”; The
Orlando Sentinel, “compelling”; USA Today,
“charming”; The Los Angeles Times, “guilelessly
entertaining”; and The New York Daily News, “visually
engaging...romantic”— not to mention the kudos from the
Returning cast members include Morven Christie (Case
Histories) as Amanda Hopkins, Sidney’s true love, who
tired of waiting for his proposal and opted for glacial
aristocrat Guy Hopkins, played by Tom Austen (Poirot).
Tessa Peake-Jones (Doctor Who) returns as Sidney’s
censorious, Bible-quoting housekeeper, Mrs. Maguire. Kacey
Ainsworth (EastEnders) is back as Geordie’s
long-suffering wife, Cathy, a harried mother of four young
children. And Al Weaver (Marie Antoinette) reprises
his role as novice priest Leonard Finch, who stoically faces
the anti-gay hostility of the day.
Last season saw Sidney and Geordie cement a fast friendship
over backgammon, ale, their war service, women problems, and
obsession with solving the baffling homicides that crop up
in and around Cambridge—including nearby
Grantchester, where Sidney is the village vicar. They
make the perfect team: Geordie is a working-class police
inspector who understands the criminal mind, while Sidney
studied for the ministry at Cambridge University and uses
his fellow feeling for humanity to get perpetrators to own
up to their misdeeds.
Still unresolved from last season is Sidney’s love life.
Handsome, worldly-wise, and virtuous, he should be an ideal
catch. And at least one very promising female companion
turns up in the new series. But will Sidney scare her away
with his unconventional taste for jazz, blood-spattered
crime scenes, and a married woman?
The new season’s cases include a shocking charge of sexual
assault that turns into a homicide investigation implicating
a pillar of the community; an apparent suicide from the
college spire that takes on Cold War overtones; a confession
to murder in which the alleged victim is still very much
alive; a haunted stable with links to the Holocaust; and
The burning issues of post–World War II Britain provide
the backdrop to the action: class conflict, the death
penalty, homosexuality, the looming sexual revolution,
the communist threat, rationing, and the persistent
effects of combat on war veterans such as Sidney and
Geordie, who are just trying to get on with their lives
and make society safe, secure, and a bit fun.
“GRANTCHESTER: SEASON 2”
is a Co-Production of Kudos
Television Limited 2016/MASTERPIECE for ITV.
The Executive Producer for Kudos is Diederick Santer. The
Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton at WGBH
Boston. The Producer is Emma Kingsman- Lloyd. The Directors
are Harry Bradbeer, Jill Robertson and Tim Fywell. Adapted
from the novel Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
by James Runcie, the series is written by Daisy Coulam.
The top-rated primetime show on PBS, MASTERPIECE is
celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. MASTERPIECE is
presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is
Executive Producer. Funding for the series is provided
by Viking River Cruises and Audible with additional
support from public television viewers and contributors
to The MASTERPIECE Trust. MASTERPIECE is known for
presenting iconic shows such as Upstairs Downstairs,
Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga,
Poldark, Sherlock and Downton Abbey.
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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: GRANTCHESTER:
Date: June 14, 2016
Time: Approx. 360 Minutes on 2 Discs
DVD $39.99 and Blu-ray $49.99
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
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