Grantchester

Series 3 - Episode 3

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Review

Once again the streets and meadows of Grantchester are a battleground. There are shootings and blows, yes, but the real battle is between buttoned-up 1950s morality and the approach best summed up by the theme of Sidney’s sermon: “This is the life we are here for… We owe it to ourselves to live it.”

Except he’s not living it. He’s all eaten up inside because he and Amanda can’t be together, so he goes for joyless runs across the meadows and pushes himself like a man possessed – then reaches for the whisky bottle. So while Geordie is tormented by the affair he’s having (with young Margaret at the station, remember), Sidney is tormented by the one he’s not.

All very sad, but they find time to tackle a spate of armed robberies – and a bingo night in the church hall, where Mrs Maguire notes cheerily, “Nothing fun is without sin.”

Summary

Leonard gets caught up in an armed robbery at the village post office, and manages to identify the masked culprit. Geordie takes no chances when going to arrest the criminal, who has a record of similarly violent crimes - but is surprised to discover that the suspect has been murdered. Meanwhile, a second robbery occurs, carried out by a man and a woman who have adopted the dead robber's trademark of disguising himself with a gas mask. Back at the Vicarage, the atmosphere is tense between Sidney and Amanda.

Cast & Crew

Sidney Chambers James Norton
Geordie Keating Robson Green
Amanda Hopkins Morven Christie
Leonard Finch Al Weaver
Mrs Maguire Tessa Peake-Jones
Margaret Ward Seline Hizli
Phil Wilkinson Lorne MacFadyen
Guy Hopkins Tom Austen
Jack Chapman Nick Brimble
Hilary Franklin Emily Bevan
Alice Dunn Holly Aird
Cyril Parker Charles Dale
Martha Bennett Carlyss Peer
Wendy Parker Eve Ponsonby
Frank Camber Tommy McDonnell
Walter Dunn Joe Ferrera
Esme Keating Skye Lucia Degruttola
Director Rebecca Gatward
Executive Producer Daisy Coulam
Executive Producer Diederick Santer
Series Producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd
Writer Oliver Frampton
Writer Daisy Coulam
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