Grantchester, series seven would ordinarily annoy me, at least its themes would. But for whatever reason, this time, it’s very well done.
Grantchester, Series Seven (2022) Masterpiece Review
Drifting and trying to find some solace in the wrong place, Will (Tom Brittaney) sits in a dark club when he sees her. Dancing, looking as if she’s somehow the one Will wants, when she disappears without telling him who she is, he’s more intrigued. Things soon turn to business when the death of a local brings Georgie (Robson Green) and Will in to investigate. Trouble is there’s disagreement between Geordie and the new superior on if this is murder.
Meanwhile, Geordie is suffering personally when he and Cathy (Kacey Ainsworth) no longer see eye to eye; the staunch and devout Mrs. Chapman (Tessa Peake-Jones) has a crisis of faith; and Will becomes fixated on the girl he wants, perhaps missing love altogether.
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Like other shows I watch, Grantchester is one I was quite behind in being current with. I think I had three seasons or so to watch before I was current, all of which I binged together. This means the seasons kind of all blurred together, yet at the same time, this seventh season did stand out. The show picks up where some of the series six threads lay off which is to see Geordie in a crisis not just after his breakdown from war memories but also with a possible end of his marriage, the thing that anchors him. We also learn more about where Will is at. Discover a life-changing truth about the lovable Mrs. C and watch Lenard rediscover what he’s good at.
Set on the cusp of 1960, this show is one of those that deals with tough emotional turmoil but at the same time, does so in a way that you’re glad to watch. This year the season tackles more than just its usual bag which is murder. There’s also love and what it really looks like; forgiveness and what God expects (THIS scene is SO good); and finding God again. The show is written well with solid acting helping to tell these memorable stories.
Despite the original cast member, James Norton leaving, the series continues to live on. For me, Will is written a little too closely to Norton’s Sydney (loving someone he cannot have, excessive drinking), but beyond this the series is good. The cast is fabulous and additionally includes returning favorites as well as newcomers Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife) and Ellora Torchia.
Up until this seventh season, in my most recent binge of this show, I was merely enjoying it. This seventh year though really ups everything. This series just has something that was missing before. There’s hard things, and honest emotions, but there’s also good. Plus, the romantic moments this series, while rare, are too good not to give a mention. If you enjoyed this show in the past or just like a cozy British murder mystery, Grantchester is one of the better ones.
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You can find series seven of the show, plus the additional seasons, digitally on Amazon Video with a Masterpiece PBS add on
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Content: one character sleeps around, and two characters engage in an “affair” (one is about to say I do). We see passionate kissing, some clothing removal before the scene usually cuts to the next morning. There’s lots of social drinking and in some cases, characters become drunk. There’s mentions of sex and withholding it. Plus talk of affairs and a rape in one case the investigate. One character is homosexual if this bothers you. Murder plays a big role in the series as the main character is a detective. A main character receives a severe stab wound. Nothing is overly graphic. Christ is used as an exclamation here and there. The series rates TV-14.
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