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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Episode 1.4
16 April 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The issues with this episode is a lot of the characters act for their time period.

It might easy to dismiss Geordie as homophobic but he was a policeman at a time when homosexuality was illegal.

The writer tries to skirt around this by having a side plot for Geordie with his infant child being ill.

Sidney thou is enlightened. When Dominic Taylor is killed soon after a house fire where Sidney rescued his wife. Sidney realises that Dominic was bisexual and had a young lover, Ben Blackwood.

Dominic might had also been blackmailed and the fire might had been arson.

It can be uncomfortable to watch as Geordie arrests anyone he comes across who is gay. The mystery itself was ok but it was not too difficult to work out who might be the murderer.

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8 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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