Grantchester (2014– )
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Episode #1.4 

A fire in the village leads Sidney to another investigation. Meanwhile, a family crisis causes Geordie to become distracted and detached from his job.


Jill Robertson


James Runcie (based on the novel "Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death" by), Daisy Coulam (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Norton ... Sidney Chambers
Robson Green ... Geordie Keating
Morven Christie ... Amanda Kendall
Al Weaver ... Leonard Finch
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Mrs. Maguire
Pheline Roggan ... Hildegard Staunton
Kacey Ainsworth Kacey Ainsworth ... Cathy Keating
Tom Austen ... Guy Hopkins
Joe Claflin ... DC Atkins
Flora Montgomery ... Marion Taylor
Struan Rodger ... Tobias Hall
Wayne Foskett ... Vic Blackwood
Rory Fleck Byrne ... Ben Blackwood
Lee Williams Lee Williams ... Dominic Taylor
Gregg Lowe ... Sandy


After Sidney has rescued Marion Taylor from a house fire her husband Dominic accuses pub landlord Tobias Hall of arson and soon afterwards Dominic is murdered. Hall denies murder but admits to blackmailing Dominic, a closet homosexual, an act which indirectly caused the fire. Geordie investigates the murder though Sidney feels he should be at home with his sick baby. Another row erupts between the two men when Geordie arrests Dominic's young lover Ben and Sidney believes that he is motivated purely by homophobic prejudice. Fortunately Sidney works out who the real killer is and helps Geordie trap him before the detective returns to find his child has recovered and Sidney entertains Hildegard Stanton, who has returned from Germany. Written by don @ minifie-1

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First episode refers Hungary-England match where England got beat 6-3. That match happened in Nov 1953, and dates in the episode are April and May 1953. See more »

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Sidney, the enlightened vicar takes on society.
2 October 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Being gay was a crime during the setting for Grantchester, hard to imagine nowadays, but the incredibly human and empathetic Sidney of course sees the injustices. Meanwhile Geordie battles his own demons as his young son fights for his life.

I thought this was an exceptional episode, it was a very interesting story line, real life from the not too distant past, but more then that we got some real tension between Sidney and Geordie. Sidney showed true friendship as he stuck by his angry and upset friend. The pair had some wonderful scenes.

Favourite scene for me had to be the one where Hildagarde discussed her past life with Mrs Maguire, it was a wonderfully human scene. Leonard also, has become such an interesting character.

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8 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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