After you follow the journey of a favorite character for 3 plus years, and gotten to know them, seeing them leave is a little bit disappointing. However knowing it’s the actors choice versus writer’s deciding to kill them randomly makes it easier to accept. This is the case in this (now) long ago Grantchester, series four departure.
Grantchester, Series Four (2017) BBC TV Series Review
Losing his way isn’t something new to vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton). In aftermath of saying goodbye to the love of his life, Sidney still doesn’t exactly have his life together. This causes worry to his good friend Geordie (Robson Green), a police man with whom Sidney investigates crimes. During a lecture Sidney attends where an American speaks on the civil rights movement, a man is murdered by an assailant which brings in Geordie.
Additionally Sidney’s stern but caring housekeeper Mrs. Chapman (Tessa Peake-Jones) also worries about him. Meanwhile, Leonard (Al Weaver) encounters his own troubles; the possible new vicar, Will (Tom Brittaney), a man with a checkered past of his own, makes his entrance in Grantchester; and Sidney finds his head turned by someone.‘GRANTCHESTER,’ SERIES FOUR: A SWAN SONG FOR SIDNEY #BBCTV #BRITISHTV #GRANTCHESTER #BRITISHDRAMA #PERIODDRAMA Click To Tweet
I’m going to be honest, it’s a bit weird for me to do this write up at this point. It’s been several years since series four of this show aired and yet, here we are. You see, long story short, I did have this written up only for my entire flash drive to malfunction and on it, the review of Grantchester. In my quest to re-write and re-create everything on the drive, this is one forgotten. But recently I’ve been thinking about Sidney’s series four swan song, and I decided to go ahead with these thoughts. Because, let me tell you, I do have thoughts.
First things first, I do love Sidney. Broken pieces and all, I always have. I’ve also had a love-hate relationship with his relationship with childhood love, Amanda. However, I came into this fourth year prepared to love the end of Sidney’s story, knowing Amanda’s was through, and hoping that even in the bittersweet, he’d get a proper send off. In many ways, Sidney does receive this, but in more important matters (like the heart), I really think his sendoff is “convenient” and not genuine. Now I’m probably forgetting a timeline (meaning time may have passed between the third and fourth season), but for a man violently in love with someone (and willing to have a ready-made family), the way he decides to “uproot” his life and be with another is just awkward.
That said, I still can appreciate where the writers are coming from. What I do love are the moments between Sidney and Geordie as that sendoff really had to be golden. I think it is, and that’s what, ultimately, really counts. Will, as a new lead character, is good, however I think he’s a bit too similar to Norton’s Sidney. He disappoints and surprises in equal measures the same as his predecessor. However, once I pick the show up again, I do find his story interesting enough to hold my attention. In other words, while this year did have its share of disappointments, I’m still curious and think Grantchester is one of the best British shows.
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You can find Grantchester, series four digitally on Amazon with a Masterpiece add on or (at publication) with Prime.
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Content: one character is homosexual. We see them couple together now and again, and if my memory serves, amidst the sneaking around, there is some hand holding, kisses, and the like. There’s two sex implications; one being a one-night (presumably) stand between a man and woman, and a man sleeps with a woman he likes. There’s some discussion about celibacy. Some “heavier” topics come up like racial things or other possibly touchy topics. The series is likely TV-14.
Photos: PBS / Masterpiece Theatre