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Season 3 / Episode 2 and airs on 30 April 2017 20:00
Eavesdropping on the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming, crime-fighting clergyman, and his partner in crime Police Inspector Geordie Keating, became a highlight for the audience who revelled in their on screen partnership. Geordie's plain-speaking, down to earth approach to policing complemented Sidney's more gentle technique of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects. Their unlikely pairing became a true friendship as each offered a different insight into the crimes they unravelled.
It's 1954, and just outside the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, local vicar Sidney Chambers is enjoying a glorious picnic with his best friend, DI Geordie Keating, Geordie's family, Sidney's shy curate Leonard Finch and their grumpy housekeeper Mrs Maguire. Walking home, their happy day is cut short when DC Phil Wilkinson arrests Sidney – and the charge is sexual assault.
Doting father Harding Redmond is the source of the accusation, horrified at the claims made in the diary of his teenage daughter, Abigail [Gracie Brooke], who has now gone missing, along with the diary itself. After being grilled by DCI Benson, Sidney sets out to prove his innocence, but not before the Archdeacon sends Sidney's old friend Reverend Sam Milburn [Andrew Knott] over from the neighbouring parish to check up on him.
Questioning Abigail's friends at the village youth club, Sidney discovers she had recently spent time with local photographer Daniel Marlowe. Sidney and Geordie discover Daniel's studio is empty – except for the lifeless body of Abigail.
With Daniel missing, Sidney and Geordie talk to local teenager Gary Bell, who had previously been accused by Abigail's father of inappropriate behaviour toward her, as well as her family and friends. However, as more and more secrets begin to surface about Abigail's life, it becomes clear that no one knew her as well as they thought. Only by finding her missing diary can Sidney and Geordie pinpoint exactly who was responsible for her death – but will the answer damage their friendship forever?
Geordie and Cathy [Kacey Ainsworth] are on a mission to find Sidney a girlfriend – but nobody seems tobe good enough for the choosy vicar. Geordie's plans are further thwarted when Sidney's old flame,Amanda Hopkins [Morven Christie] arrives in Grantchester while Guy is away on business.
Geordie calls on Sidney for help following an apparent suicide at Sidney's old Cambridge College.Valentine Lyall, a fellow at Corpus Christi, has been found dead: the result of a long fall from the spire ofKing's College chapel. His wife, Mya [Lourdes Faberes], is consoled by Valentine's star pupil, Kit Bartlett[Matthew Tennyson] who used to partake in daredevil climbs of the college buildings alongside hismentor. But both are convinced that Valentine was too happy and content for it to be suicide.
Kit's alibi is Russian Tutor, Professor Raban [Tim McMullan], who is mentoring a chippy student andwannabe Marxist called Rory Crompton [Josh Bolt] when Sidney and Geordie arrive to question him.They receive an even cooler welcome from Master Giles Montgomery [Nigel Planer] who remembersSidney from his student days – and still resents him for an unmentioned past transgression.
It appears to be a case of a night climbing misadventure until they discover a student witness who sawsomeone push Lyall to his death. Hastily burnt papers and unexplained bloody handkerchiefs leadSidney and Geordie deeper and deeper into a web of espionage and secrets. Who is the mysteriouswoman watching them? Why is Geordie so unnerved by this case? And will police secretary MargaretWard [Seline Hizli] finally be the woman to break Sidney's run of bad dates?
After thoroughly modern Margaret's visits to the vicarage start leaving Mrs Maguire's nose out of joint,Sidney is hoping for a distraction – which arrives in the unexpected form of a young man sat alone in thechurch and covered in blood. The man is Theo Graham [Jeremy Newmark Jones], and he confesses toSidney and Geordie that he attacked and killed his landlord, Eric Whittaker [Michael Shaeffer]. Butwhen Sidney and Geordie call on the Boarding House that Eric ran, they find the alleged victim alive andwell, along with his teenage daughter Joan [Rosie Day] and her step-mother Vivian [Liz White]. Ericbelieves Theo is a fantasist. Back at the station, despite his protestations that Eric will come after him,Geordie sends the young man on his way. Hours later, however, witnessed by Sidney and Geordie, Ericis killed in a hit and run.
Sidney comforts Vivian at the hospital, but back at the boarding house he finds her relationship withJoan to be strained – all the more so when Joan learns of her father's death. When Theo arrives to claimhis belongings, Sidney ends up chasing him from the boarding house, but the pursuit ends when Theoslashes Sidney with a knife.
As Vivian tends to Sidney's wounds, he becomes drawn deeper and deeper into the twisted emotionalworld of the boarding house. Who is Vivian trying to protect? What does seemingly shy and singleboarder Raymond [John Voce] really want? And how far will Sidney have to go to uncover the killer.
With Leonard distracted by secretive trips to the cinema and Geordie compelled to deal with asurprising shoplifter, who is watching Sidney's back?
As the trial of local teen Gary Bell approaches, Sidney and Geordie find themselves at loggerheadsregarding his guilt – not even building a go-kart together can get them to see eye to eye. Sidney's mindis taken off these matters when he finds the anxious Reggie Lawson [Paul Nicholls] at the graveside ofhis dead wife, Anna. Convinced that she still haunts his home and stable yards following her suicide heimplores Sidney to come to his estate, Kingsbrook and perform an exorcism for him.
Believing this to be a husband's desperate grief, Sidney goes with Reggie to investigate his claims. Therehe meets Reggie's new wife Kitty [Eliza Hope Bennett], their housekeeper Mrs. Elton [Jenny Ogilvie] andAnna's brother, Laszlo Herzl [Elliot Levey]. With Anna's signature perfume still hanging in the air, apainting falling from the wall of its own accord and a horse fatally kicking out after being spooked,Reggie's fears seem to have some foundation, although Kitty is quick to point out their coincidentalnature. After offering prayers and council, Sidney leaves hoping that his words have given Reggie somesolace. But that night, Geordie summons Sidney back to Kingsbrook: Reggie has hanged himself in theexact same spot as Anna died.
Meanwhile, the Redmond's and Sidney's parishoners are unhappy when Sidney stands as a witness forthe defence in Gary's case. Are his principles going to cost him his flock? With Sidney's sister Jen [FionaButton] throwing a party in London, it's a chance for Sidney to escape and take Margaret out on his arm.But when Amanda shows up with Guy [Tom Austen], it's clear that his own feelings are still conflicted.
At least investigating Reggie's death gives Sidney and Geordie a shared goal again. Why would Reggietake his life when his finest horse is set to triumph at the next race? And with an almost identical suicideto his late wife, why are some of the key details different? But is one shared case enough to get thesebest friends back on track - especially after Sidney takes the stand? Whatever the outcome of the trial -and the case - Sidney seems set on a course of action that threatens his friendship with Geordie...
Sidney is the only friend Gary Bell has left as he waits for news about whether he will be offered areprieve. Sidney is determined that whatever his fate, he will stand by his side – even if certain membersof the village object. Meanwhile, Geordie and Phil visit the hospital where Rita Jones [Tanya Franks]recovers from the latest beating dealt out by her violent husband Eddie [Matthew Jure]. But with herchildren needing a breadwinner, Rita refuses to press charges. Rita's eldest son lets the two detectivesinto the hovel they call a family home. When they discover some recently stolen goods, it appears theyfinally have all they need to collar Eddie. But the man doesn't go quietly, fighting with Phil and windingup Geordie as he's carted to the cells. The next morning, Geordie's wife Cathy calls on Sidney: Geordiedidn't come home last night. And when Sidney arrives at the station he finds his friend with his knucklesbruised, and Eddie, dead on a stretcher.
When DCI Benson questions Geordie's innocence, Sidney leaps to his friend's defence. But Geordie hasbeen behaving strangely of late, and no one else can verify his whereabouts when Eddie was killed. Atthe vicarage, Leonard and Mrs Maguire are at each other's throats as an ill judged remark about MrsMaguire's love life, and the accidental loss of some sentimental postcards leaves both feeling raw andmisunderstood.
As Gary Bell waits to discover his fate, Sidney seeks to avoid a further injustice taking place. But as hedigs deeper he finds himself questioning precisely whether he really knows Geordie as well as hethought. Could Geordie have beaten Eddie to death? Will Sidney keep the faith in his friend? And willGary avoid the hangman's noose?
Sidney Chambers has given up. Following the difficult events of the past few weeks, he is drinking likenever before, and even worse, seems to have entirely stopped caring about his responsibilities as aclergyman. With Mrs Maguire and Leonard both deeply worried about him, it is left to them to try andfind a way to help their friend before it is too late. But with Geordie and Amanda seemingly unwilling tohelp, and with an attempt to remove Sidney from the vicarage seemingly gathering strength, things arenot looking good.
However, when old friend Reverend Sam Milburn returns to the parish, Sidney is thrown into evengreater emotional turmoil. Claiming to be seeking forgiveness for his crimes, Sam's return leaves Sidneytorn. Is Sam really here to seek forgiveness? And is it even within Sidney's gift to forgive him for crimescommitted against others? Matters are complicated further when Harding and Agatha discover that Samhas returned to the village. With Harding making threats against his life, Sam flees. But when evidenceof a struggle is later found, Sidney fears the worst may have happened – could Harding have murderedSam?
Meanwhile, as Leonard continues to wrestle with his feelings for Daniel, he also struggles to make senseof a life-changing proposal from the Archdeacon. And a visit from Mrs Maguire leads to Amanda havinga heart to heart with Guy.
With Sam missing, Sidney and Geordie are forced, once again, to investigate a crime together. However,when they uncover a dark secret about Sam, Sidney's fragile emotional state is pushed even further,putting even greater strain on the investigation. With tensions between the two of them at an all-timehigh, will they be able to put their differences to one side for long enough to stop a murder beingcommitted?
Robson Green(Police Inspector Geordie Keating)
James Norton(Sidney Chambers)
Al Weaver(Leonard Finch)
Morven Christie(Amanda Kendall)
Tessa Peake-Jones(Mrs. Maguire)
Kacey Ainsworth(Cathy Keating)
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