ITV Renews ‘Grantchester’ For Fourth Season, James Norton To Exit

ITV (alongside U.S. co-production partner PBS Masterpiece) has renewed period drama Grantchester for a fourth season. There’s no word on the size of the order for the new season.

In somewhat unexpected news, one of the co-leads, James Norton, who plays Sidney Chambers, will be exiting Grantchester during the fourth season. Casting is underway for a new Vicar.

“I’m ecstatic that – with Masterpiece and ITV – we are returning to Grantchester with all our favourite characters”, said Executive Producer Diederick Santer .”While I’m sad that these will be James Norton’s final episodes, we will make sure he goes out with a bang. We’ve got exciting plans for where the show is heading and the vicarage won’t be vacant for long.”

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 is produced by Kudos and stars James Norton, Robson Green, Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth.

The series was developed for television by Daisy Coulam, who is returning to pen the new scripts alongside John Jackson. Kudos and Masterpiece are producing, with Richard Cookson serving as the series producer. The executive producers are Diederick Santer, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd and Daisy Coulam for Kudos and Rebecca Eaton at WGBH Boston for Masterpiece. Director Tim Fywell is returning for the opening two episodes. Production on season four is set to get underway in June in London, Cambridge, and Grantchester.