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Grantchester - S02 E02

Drama . Crime . Mystery
 

Geordie and Cathy [Kacey Ainsworth] are on a mission to find Sidney a girlfriend – but nobody seems to be 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 of King'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 his mentor. 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 and wannabe 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 remembers Sidney 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 saw someone push Lyall to his death. Hastily burnt papers and unexplained bloody handkerchiefs lead Sidney and Geordie deeper and deeper into a web of espionage and secrets. Who is the mysterious woman watching them? Why is Geordie so unnerved by this case? And will police secretary Margaret Ward [Seline Hizli] finally be the woman to break Sidney's run of bad dates?

 
Episode Title: Episode 2
Airs: 2016-03-09 at 21:00
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The glorious new PBS mystery series Grantchester is a revelation on two fronts and unforgettable on both. It turns back the clock to solve crime in a different era, offering respite from the world around us now even as it reveals how little ever changes about the human heart.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    It's anything but stale or derivative.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    If you like Brit mysteries, this one set in the post-World War II era is easy to fall for.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Grantchester is a period piece, but it’s fascinating to view it through a contemporary lens. Daisy Coulam’s adaptation is superb: She fleshes out the main characters with a deft hand, to be sure, but takes her time, enabling us to get to know Chambers as we would a new acquaintance.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The show is no masterpiece, despite the PBS rubric it falls under, but it’s dozy fun, and a nice respite from so much of the creepy, “edgy” crime dramas that continue to pop up on network TV like scary clowns.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Grantchester makes for very easy viewing, in the manner of so many of the “Masterpiece” mysteries. The murder plots are extremely light and undemanding, without being insulting.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It's light and diverting yet respectful of its characters and their histories, thus it can serve as a pleasant, earnest counterbalance to some of TV's darker dramas.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Joining the likes of Poirot, Miss Marple, Foyle, Sherlock and a hundred other PBS sleuths is no minor achievement, and Grantchester seems to belong in that company. It is unlikely, however, to break away from the pack.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Grantchester will be breezy fun for fans of the form, though the more discerning will be put off by how rudimentary the actual murder mysteries are after being squeezed into 50 minutes (half the norm for this type of show). Others are liable to find it faintly ridiculous, more of a haiku than an actual drama.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    The case is mildly intriguing, but the humdrum PI will have you Googling Sherlock's return date. [16 Jan 2015, p.71]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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