Grantchester

Relish Grantchester with Podcast

I am celebrating the return of Grantchester. Season 2 is excellent so far. Five episodes in and the story arc of Geordie and Sidney's friendship. Plus Sidney's turbulent love life continues to provide subplots. Then there are the delightful fellow residents at the vicarage: Mrs. MacGuire, Leonard and Dickens.

If you want to enjoy this terrific mystery series on Masterpiece even more, then listen to the new Masterpiece podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. There are interviews with the cast and with the Grantchester creator James Runcie. 

There are more books by Runcie than the two I found last year when Grantchester first came out. I plan to look for them when I am in London in a few weeks.

The last episode of Season 2 is this Sunday night on PBS, or available for purchase on Google Play and iTunes. Check it out.

Grantchester Thrills

James Norton and Robson Green play  Rev. Sidney Chambers amateur sleuth  and police detective, respectively

Grantchester on PBS Mystery is so much fun to watch. I love the casting. I love the time period (195Os). I love the black lab puppy Dickens.

So inspired by the first episode, I ordered the book it is based on James Runcie's cozy mystery novel, The Shadow of Death. I am enjoying the novel just as much. (Now I have read all three books and give them all a thumbs up!)

Noticed one irritating discrepancy between the book and the television script, the victim in episode 1 was an Ulsterman and they had him drinking Jameson whiskey. Whereas the book got it right: he drank Bushmills.

Episode 2 was just as strong, introducing more entertaining characters and deepening others. I am thrilled to report there are a total of 6 episodes to enjoy. And three books by James Runcie.

Grantchester Looks Terrific!

Clicked through to the PBS.org website mulling over whether I want to watch Downtown Abbey this season. I spied the preview to Grantchester. Stars the James Norton who played the hero defense attorney/preferred suitor to Georgiana in Death Comes to Pemberley. (Confess I have watched PD James' 3 parter Britain a couple of times.)

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365365854/

Yes! Looks fabulous. When is it on?? Have to wait until January 18 (television), or in my case January 19 on-line.

Meanwhile, are you watching Downton Abbey? Or have reached burn out?  I am on the fence. I rewatched an episode the other day and was surprised how tedious I found it. Give me a reason to tune in...