ITV have today confirmed James Norton (Death Comes to Pemberley, Rush) and nation’s favourite Robson Green (Reckless, Wire In The Blood) will play the respective roles of Sidney Chambers and overworked Police Inspector Geordie Keating in new six-part drama Grantchester, produced by Lovely Day.
Set in 1953 against the beautiful backdrop of Cambridgeshire, the drama focuses upon the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances.
Sidney’s unlikely partnership with gruff, down to earth Geordie is central to the series. Geordie’s methodical approach to policing complements Sidney’s more intuitive techniques of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects. The pair play partners in crime forging of a true friendship as each offers a different insight into the crimes they begin to unravel.
Adapted from the novel, ‘Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death’ by James Runcie, the series is written for ITV by Daisy Coulam, who has previously scripted EastEnders and Casualty.
Morven Christie (Hunted, Twenty Twelve) is set to play beautiful heiress Amanda Kendall, and Tessa Peake-Jones (Marchlands and of course Raquel in Only Fools and Horses) will play Sidney’s housekeeper, the indomitable Mrs Maguire. Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders, Holby Blue) and Al Weaver (Southcliffe, Secret State) also star.
Filming of the six part series begins this month (March 2014) in London, Cambridge and Grantchester and shooting will continue until June.