ITV commissions Cambridge’s ‘answer to Inspector Morse’ to be filmed in Grantchester

Akshay Karia 31 March 2014

Cambridge will be the setting of a new murder mystery series set to premiere on ITV later this year. The programme, called Grantchester, will feature Death Comes to Pemberley’s James Norton.

The adaptation of James Runcie’s novel Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death will tell the story of Reverend Chambers (played by Norton), and his ‘plain-speaking’ sidekick Geordie Keating, as they try to comprehend the mysterious death of one of the vicar’s parishioners. Keating will be played by Robson Green, ‘heartthrob’ and previous star of Soldier Soldier.

Viewers will also witness a possible romance involving heiress Amanda Kendall, to be played by Morven Christie, a star in Olympic comedy Twenty Twelve. The cast will also feature Tessa Peake-Jones of Only Fools and Horses and Kacey Ainsworth, known for her role as Little Mo in Eastenders.

Filming will begin within the next week and last for three months.

The writer of the novels, James Runcie, calls them “Cambridge’s answer to Morse”, referring to Inspector Morse, a murder mystery drama set in Oxford.

Councillor Francis Burkitt told Cambridge News that he is excited about the endeavour: “When the vicar of Grantchester goes walking along the meadows, turning over the mysteries in his mind to solve them, I can think of no better place.”

And Mark Dancinger, the President of Cambridge Film Society Cinecam, told The Cambridge Student: "It is always exciting when films and TV shows decide to shoot in Cambridge, and it is inspirational for aspiring Cambridge filmmakers to be able to witness a professional shoot going on around them. In particular, it would be great if ITV offered filmmakers from Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin the opportunity for work experience on set, as it would be an excellent learning opportunity."

Yet a second year Historian lamented that “next term in Cambridge, a parishioner will die alongside the chances of us period-drama-addicted exam students!”

The Cast

James Norton as Reverend Chambers

Robson Green as Geordie Keating

Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy, his wife

Morven Christie as Amanda Kendall, the love interest

Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs Maguire, the housekeeper

Al Weaver as Leonard Finch, the curate

Pheline Roggan as Hildegard Staunton, the widow