Neil Morrissey (Line Of Duty) has joined the cast of ITV’s period drama Grantchester for its six episode second season, which is currently in production in London, Cambridge, and Grantchester for a 2016 premiere.
Based on the novels by James Runcie, Grantchester is set in the 1950s and follows an unlikely crime-fighting duo – the charismatic, charming clergyman Sidney Chambers and gruff, down-to-earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating. The drama series was developed for television by Daisy Coulam and is produced by Lovely Day in association with PBS Mastepiece, with Rebecca Eaton and Diederick Santer serving as executive producers
Neil Morrissey will play Harding Redmond, a resident of Grantchester and grieving father whose teenage daughter Abigail is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Heartbroken and desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to Abigail, Harding accuses Sidney of having an inappropriate relationship with her. Sidney is determined to prove his innocence but will Harding’s accusations change the way the villagers feel about him?
Morrissey, who is coming off of a starring role on the BBC One/AMC co-produced John Le Carre adaptation The Night Manager, joins a returning cast the includes James Norton (Happy Valley), Robson Green (Strike Back), Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses), Morven Christie (From There To Here), Kacey Ainsworth (The Wright Way) and Al Weaver (Sherlock).
“I’m really excited to be joining the cast of Grantchester. It’s great to work with James Norton, Robson Green and the rest of the cast, and I can’t wait to film in the actual village of Grantchester, which I know is beautiful”, said Neil Morrissey. “I’m also happy to be sporting a funky fifties moustache, my first foray into top lip decoration since I started acting.”
In addition to Neil Morrissey, other cast additions include Grace Holley, Claudie Blakley (Lark Rise To Candleford), Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), Andrew Knott (Black Work), Nicky Henson (Vera Drake) and Oliver Dimsdale (He Knew He Was Right). Daisy Coulam once again penned the scripts for Grantchester’s second season, which is being based on Runcie’s second novel Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night.