ITV's Grantchester kicked off its fourth series tonight (January 11), but this latest run is going to shake things up as the shirt-averse religious crime-solver Sidney Chambers (James Norton) is leaving.
Conveniently, there's a new vicar with a proactive attitude towards dealing with wrongdoers (who we're sure will find ways to lose his clothing) in Will Davenport, played by Tom Brittney.
Sidney didn't exit in tonight's episode, so Will hasn't taken over as Geordie Keating's (Robson Green) partner in crime-solving just yet, but viewers still saw enough of him to think he will make a worthy leading man:
Okay I’m already loving this sort of banter between Sidney and Will #Grantchester- Millie (@MillieSansoye) January 11, 2019
Loving the new vicar/star to be, though we will miss Sidney. #Grantchester- 𝕽𝖆𝖛𝖊𝖓 𝖂𝖔𝖑𝖋 🐺 (@ravenwolf68) January 11, 2019
Well, the new guy has already been locked up in the cells in his first episode. I think he beats Sidney for getting in trouble. #Grantchester- Sarah Kutschera (@NotSoWittyUN) January 11, 2019
The episode itself also dealt with some heavy themes, as a black American preacher and his family came to visit. A murder not only led to the mystery of who committed the crime, but also exposed the racism within the seemingly idyllic community.
Although a bit hard-hitting for a Friday night, viewers generally appreciated the show tackling the important topic:
Didn’t expect I’d be tearful at the first episode of #Grantchester- Ella (@artistiqwalrus) January 11, 2019
A powerful return for #Grantchester. Things may have changed since the 1950s - as Violet hinted they would in her speech - but racism is still present, gratefully in superbly reduced force.- Phinbart (@Phinbart) January 11, 2019
"Of course, it was daunting," Brittney admitted. "You know, the good thing is, life imitates art in the show, because Will is new to it. So my own hesitations and fears could be put into the character, of stepping up to the plate as this new vicar, and me stepping up to the plate as this new actor."
Grantchester airs Friday nights on ITV at 9pm.
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