“Grantchester” is getting a new vicar. Tom Brittney (“Call the Midwife”) is joining the cast as Reverend Will Davenport — man of the people and crime-solving partner to Robson Green’s Geordie Keating in 1950s Grantchester.
James Norton, who plays the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman Sidney Chambers, will make his final appearance during the fourth season, which begins Sunday, July 14, at 8 p.m. on Arizona PBS.
“As much as I know you’ll miss James Norton, I PROMISE that you’ll love Tom Brittney,” said “Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton at WGBH Boston. “Just watch him go toe-to-toe with Robson Green’s character, the very skeptical Geordie … and watch him win him over.”
According to writer Daisy Coulam, “This series, change itself is our theme: the evolution of our country and with it, our characters. Some, like Geordie, will resist the unstoppable momentum of a world he feels is leaving him behind. Others will embrace the excitement – none more so than our new vicar — Will Davenport.”
About his character, Brittney says, “Will has a very strong moral compass with a thirst to change things, but underneath, there is a dark and troubled past that drives him in what he does.”
A man of the people — confident, caring and self-assured — Grantchester’s young new parish priest channels his boundless energy into a quest for social justice. He is a man of God, but with the devil inside of him. As Geordie draws him into righting the wrongs of criminal Cambridge, Will’s own troubled past is unearthed.
In an interview with the award-winning “Masterpiece” Studio podcast, “Grantchester” creator and writer Daisy Coulam previews the upcoming fourth season of the show.
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