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Grantchester: The Complete Second Season

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 6/10/16

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 usual fluff.

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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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

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Arlington, Va.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.
GRANTCHESTER: 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 British press.

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 more.

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 Film & 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. 

About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers. 

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’ films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming, and is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable, and satellite services.


Street Date: June 14, 2016

Genre: Drama

Run Time: Approx. 360 Minutes on 2 Discs

SRP: DVD $39.99 and Blu-ray $49.99

Format: DVD and Blu-ray

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