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Grantchester - S02 E04

Drama . Crime . Mystery
 

As the trial of local teen Gary Bell approaches, Sidney and Geordie find themselves at loggerheads regarding his guilt – not even building a go-kart together can get them to see eye to eye. Sidney's mind is taken off these matters when he finds the anxious Reggie Lawson [Paul Nicholls] at the graveside of his dead wife, Anna. Convinced that she still haunts his home and stable yards following her suicide he implores 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. There he meets Reggie's new wife Kitty [Eliza Hope Bennett], their housekeeper Mrs. Elton [Jenny Ogilvie] and Anna's brother, Laszlo Herzl [Elliot Levey]. With Anna's signature perfume still hanging in the air, a painting 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 coincidental nature. After offering prayers and council, Sidney leaves hoping that his words have given Reggie some solace. But that night, Geordie summons Sidney back to Kingsbrook: Reggie has hanged himself in the exact same spot as Anna died. Meanwhile, the Redmond's and Sidney's parishoners are unhappy when Sidney stands as a witness for the defence in Gary's case. Are his principles going to cost him his flock? With Sidney's sister Jen [Fiona Button] 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 Reggie take his life when his finest horse is set to triumph at the next race? And with an almost identical suicide to his late wife, why are some of the key details different? But is one shared case enough to get these best 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...

 
Episode Title: Episode 4
Airs: 2016-03-23 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