Grantchester (2014– )
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Episode #1.6 

Sidney and Geordie investigate the murder of a local policeman, and find the killer's motive is connected to events that took place in the Second World War.


Tim Fywell


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

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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 ... Cathy Keating
Pip Torrens ... Sir Edward Kendall
David Troughton ... Chief Inspector Benson
Tom Austen ... Guy Hopkins
Adam James ... James Heath
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Robert Miller
Natasha O'Keeffe ... Grace Heath
Joe Claflin ... DC Atkins
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Archdeacon


Police constable Jones is murdered and a witness hears the killer say Merlin, leading Sidney and Geordie to the Merlin factory, where Geordie is also shot though Sidney believes the gunman mistook him for his real intended victim. Helped by Mrs Maguire and Leonard Sidney discovers that the actual and intended victims served in the same unit in the war and, whilst their commanding officer, Heath, is unhelpful, his nervous wife gives Sidney the names of other ex-soldiers. One of them, Robert Miller, tells Sidney about Spreenhagen, the site where Heath's men murdered unarmed German prisoners of war. The killer is clearly out to avenge them and, defying the inept and bullying inspector Benson, Sidney cracks the case, visiting the recovering Geordie to tell him the result. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Lovely Day See more »
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The first painting Sydney and Amanda admire in the museum is by Philips Wouwerman's - Polish-Swedish "Deluge". The second painting is Jan Gossart's portrait of an elderly couple. See more »


Written by W.S. Gilbert and [link=nm0837956
Performed by Robson Green
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Soooo slowww and boorrring and nothing like the books which are good
23 February 2015 | by FranklieSee all my reviews

This episode was the worst of the season.

We really really wish they'd stuck with the intelligence and pace and story lines of the books. The film version stories are so slow and flat and that we can't wait for them to be over and we won't be watching them again. They don't flow all that well either.

The actors are great, but the characters aren't as smart and decent as they should be (except for Hildegard) and they're full of clichés, for example the "You're not a cop" speech given by police which we've heard way too many times. And having Sydney be so needy is not a way to endear us or his ladies to him either. "I need you" is a clear sign to run. ") Hopefully they revamp things a bit for next season. The UK is capable of producing such great films. Some we watch again and again because we become so attached to the characters and the places. Grantchester has the potential to be that great. It just needs some tidying up. Being more true to James Runcie's stories would be the best first step.

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