ITV has unveiled the cast for their new six part series Grantchester, which is based on the James Runcie novel Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. Production on the six part series begins this month in London, Cambridge & Grantchester and will continue through June 2014.
Leading the cast is James Norton, who most recently starred in the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Death Comes To Pemberley, as Sidney Chambers. He is joined by Robson Green (Strike Back) as Police Inspector Geordie Keating; Morven Christie (Hunted) as Amanda Kendall, an heiress whose love for Sidney, although reciprocated, doesn’t have a future; Tessa Peake-Jones (Legacy) as Mrs Maguire, Sidney’s housekeeper; Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders) as Cathy, Geordie’s loving wife; Al Weaver (Secret State) as Leonard Finch; and Pheline Roggan as widow Hildegard Staunton.
Adapted by Daisy Coulam, Grantchester is set against the backdrop of the real hamlet of Grantchester and follows Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances. His partner in crime is over-worked Police Inspector, Geordie Keating. Geordie speaks plainly and his down to earth approach to policing complements Sidney’s more gentle technique of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects. Their unlikely partnership becomes a true friendship as each offers a different insight into the crimes they begin to unravel. Lovely Day is producing the six episode series with Diederick Santer serving as the executive producer. Harry Bradbeer is attached to direct.