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Grantchester - S02 E03

Drama . Crime . Mystery

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 the church and covered in blood. The man is Theo Graham [Jeremy Newmark Jones], and he confesses to Sidney and Geordie that he attacked and killed his landlord, Eric Whittaker [Michael Shaeffer]. But when Sidney and Geordie call on the Boarding House that Eric ran, they find the alleged victim alive and well, along with his teenage daughter Joan [Rosie Day] and her step-mother Vivian [Liz White]. Eric believes 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, Eric is killed in a hit and run.Sidney comforts Vivian at the hospital, but back at the boarding house he finds her relationship with Joan to be strained – all the more so when Joan learns of her father's death. When Theo arrives to claim his belongings, Sidney ends up chasing him from the boarding house, but the pursuit ends when Theo slashes Sidney with a knife. As Vivian tends to Sidney's wounds, he becomes drawn deeper and deeper into the twisted emotional world of the boarding house. Who is Vivian trying to protect? What does seemingly shy and single boarder 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 a surprising shoplifter, who is watching Sidney's back?

Episode Title: Episode 3
Airs: 2016-03-16 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