ITV’s hit period drama Grantchester is going festive this year. The commercial broadcaster has ordered a one-off 90 minute Christmas special. That is in addition to the previously announced six episode third season, which will air in 2017.
“Viewers have really taken Grantchester to their hearts,” said ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “We’re really excited to commission not only a third series, but also a Christmas special. The village of Grantchester is always beautiful, but to add a festive touch will be absolutely wonderful!”
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. Returning cast members include James Norton, Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones, Morven Christie, Kacey Ainsworth, Al Weaver and Lorne MacFadyen. Peter Davison (pictured, below) will guest star.
The Christmas special will see the pregnant Amanda adjusting to life having left her husband, Guy. The love between Sidney and Amanda is palpable, but can a vicar in the 1950s really be romantically involved with a married, pregnant woman? Viewers can expect a festive, snow-filled Christmas episode full of emotion and drama.
In the six episode third season, meanwhile, Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo reminds Sidney that as clergyman he must put duty above his own needs and lead by example. The heart of the show remains the friendship between Sidney and Geordie. As they solve crimes in Grantchester, Cambridge and beyond, they each deal with personal crises at home, once again their unique and unlikely friendship is put to the test.
Daisy Coulam returns as head writer, after adapting both the first and second season, and will lead a writer’s room that also includes John Jackson, Oliver Frampton and Jess Williams. Endemol Shine’s Kudos are producing, with Emma Kingsman-Lloyd serving as the series producer and James Runcie as associate producer. Diederick Santer executive produces for Kudos, while Rebecca Eaton will executive produce on behalf of PBS/Masterpiece. Tim Fywell (Masters of Sex), Rebecca Gatward (Casualty), Rob Evans (New Tricks) and Ed Bennett (Musketeers) are attached to direct. Both the special and season three are now entering production in Grantchester, Cambridge and London.