Grantchester (2014– )
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Christmas Special 2016 

Geordie and Sidney must hunt for a killer, and hope to bring justice to two women mourning for their lost loves at Christmas time.


Edward Bennett


James Runcie (based on novels "The Grantchester Mysteries" by), Daisy Coulam (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Norton ... Sidney Chambers
Robson Green ... Geordie Keating
Morven Christie ... Amanda Hopkins
Al Weaver ... Leonard Finch
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Mrs. Maguire
Kacey Ainsworth ... Cathy Keating
Pip Torrens ... Edward Kendall
Julian Glover ... Albert Tannen
Anna Chancellor ... Aunt Cece
Maimie McCoy ... Linda Morgan
Seline Hizli ... Margaret Ward
Lorne MacFadyen ... Phil Wilkinson
Enzo Cilenti ... Felix Davis
Terence Maynard ... Larry Simpkins
Faith Alabi ... Kitty


As Christmas approaches, Sidney prepares to marry brassy Linda Morgan to the much older Bill Davis, to the disgust of the groom's son Felix. However, Bill is found murdered at the family firm, supposedly the victim of a robbery. Geordie suspects flash Larry Simkins, owner of the strip club where Linda worked and where she met Bill. Later the nature of the murder reminds Geordie of an identical unsolved case from three years earlier and switches his attentions to the prime suspect at the time, gruff toy-shop owner Albert Tannen. Meanwhile, Amanda, pregnant by estranged husband Guy, is cast out by her bigoted father and hoping for a future with Sidney. Sidney eventually unmasks the killer whilst Mrs Maguire and Leonard come to Amanda's aid. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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24 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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It was snowing heavily outside whilst Sidney and Geordie were talking - however through the study window there was not one flake to be seen! See more »


Esme Keating: Dad, what's a womb?
Geordie Keating: What's a what?
Esme Keating: "Offspring of the Virgin's womb." That's what it said in the song.
Geordie Keating: [embarrassed] Ask your mother.
Esme Keating: Mum? What's a womb?
Cathy Keating: It's something grown-up ladies have.
Esme Keating: Like a handbag?
Geordie Keating: Exactly. Like a handbag.
[later, Esme sees various ladies outside the church, waiting to say hello to the vicar; she points at Mrs Maguire's handbag]
Esme Keating: Mummy?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


The First Noel
Traditional Cornish Christmas Carol
Composed by John Stainer, William Sandys and Davies Gilbert
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Sidney's True Love
2 July 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Things get tense as Sidney tries to balance his interest in his parish and his job as vicar, with his love for Amanda, who is estranged from her husband and carrying the husband's child. As all this goes on, he and Geordi begin to investigate a murder that follows the script of a previous murder. A man who makes toys has gained the reputation as a murderer and is suspected by the guys. But there are extenuating circumstances. I have to say that at times the romantic entanglements and the tension of priest and a married woman are less interesting to me than the cases themselves. Nevertheless, it is a good story with a kind of purging of emotions at the end.

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