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Christmas Special 2016 

Geordie and Sidney must hunt for a killer, and hope to bring justice to two women mourning for their lost loves at Christmas time.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Sidney Chambers
... Geordie Keating
... Amanda Hopkins
... Leonard Finch
... Mrs. Maguire
... Cathy Keating
... Edward Kendall
... Albert Tannen
... Aunt Cece
... Linda Morgan
... Margaret Ward
... Phil Wilkinson
... Felix Davis
... Larry Simpkins
... Kitty
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As Christmas approaches, Sidney prepares to marry brassy Linda Morgan to the much older Bill Davis, to the disgust of the groom's son Felix. However, Bill is found murdered at the family firm, supposedly the victim of a robbery. Geordie suspects flash Larry Simkins, owner of the strip club where Linda worked and where she met Bill. Later the nature of the murder reminds Geordie of an identical unsolved case from three years earlier and switches his attentions to the prime suspect at the time, gruff toy-shop owner Albert Tannen. Meanwhile, Amanda, pregnant by estranged husband Guy, is cast out by her bigoted father and hoping for a future with Sidney. Sidney eventually unmasks the killer whilst Mrs Maguire and Leonard come to Amanda's aid. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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24 December 2016 (UK)  »

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In joke: Kitty asks Geordie if he's a Sagittarius and Sidney says he's a Libra, the truth is Robson Green is actually a Sagittarius. See more »

Quotes

Esme Keating: Dad, what's a womb?
Geordie Keating: What's a what?
Esme Keating: "Offspring of the Virgin's womb." That's what it said in the song.
Cathy Keating: [embarrassed] Ask your mother.
Esme Keating: Mum? What's a womb?
Cathy Keating: It's something grown-up ladies have.
Esme Keating: Like a handbag?
Geordie Keating: Exactly. Like a handbag.
[later, Esme sees various ladies outside the church, waiting to say hello to the vicar; she points at Mrs Maguire's handbag]
Esme Keating: Mummy?
[...]
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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The First Noel
Traditional Cornish Christmas Carol
Composed by John Stainer, William Sandys and Davies Gilbert
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Christmas Special 2016
24 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The festive theme was provided by the curate Leonard Finch as he tries to bring a Brecht interpretation of the Nativity. Well it brought some comic relief.

There are some parallels to the Nativity story with Amanda and Sidney's illicit romance. Amanda's father has disowned her and forced her to be homeless at Christmas.

Sidney and Geordie find out that the groom has failed to turn up to his wedding, he is later found dead with wedding rings lodged in his mouth.

The bride to be is the main suspect especially as Sidney finds out she was previously married and she is not in mourning for long as she works in a strip club and back at work, stripping in a Santa costume. For the first Grantchester festive episode we have a Vicar in a strip club.

However as a feature length episode the mystery was not strong enough for the longer running time.


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