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Great news, Grantchester fans! While there was little doubt that such a popular show would return for another season, it's now been officially confirmed that there will be a Season 6 of Grantchester. ITV and PBS Masterpiece are bringing the pleasantly quaint mystery series back for another season – and at least one more after that.
When Does Season 6 of Grantchester Air?
Last year, Grantchester – like a lot of shows – ran into a multitude of problems with filming and scheduling. Eventually, they were able to begin filming in autumn, but since COVID-era filming adds both time and expense to the process, it wasn't until spring of 2021 that they finished filming.
Given that filming wrapped in spring, it's likely we'll see a UK air date sometime in the autumn or winter. In the US, PBS has been host to the premieres for this one, so that's where we expect to see it when it makes its way across the pond.
As of late June 2021, no official premiere dates have been announced for either country. We'll continue to update this post as we hear more.
What's Happening in Season 6 of Grantchester?
For those who aren't familiar with the series, Grantchester is a village-based mystery series about a detective and a vicar who frequently work together to solve cases. In the first four seasons, James Norton worked alongside Robson Green – but when he left the series, Tom Brittney took over and they transitioned to a new vicar.
Set in the 1950s, it also weaves in some of the attitudes and social changes that were occurring during the time period, including gay rights (or rather, the lack of them) and interracial relationships. Series 5 picked up in 1957, so it seems likely we'll be in 1958 or perhaps 1959 when Series 6 opens up.
While we don't know a lot yet, Robson Green did tease us with one particularly juicy bit:
In every series, part of costume is his hat, I’ve only worn it twice but I carry it round with me. You find out in the next season, why I carry the hat. It’s not just about the hat, maybe there’s something under his hat that may be revealed.
Of the upcoming season, Green said, “I think it’s going be strange, I just hope the scripts aren’t dictated too much by something beyond our control but I’m sure they will be.”
Brittney added, “It’s looking good, Grantchester could be one of the first things filming. You can’t write COVID into the 1950s.”
In another recent interview, writer Daisy Coulam said:
Season 6 is going to be kind of game-changing for a lot of our characters—we’re going to put them all through the wringer this series. And it’s a big series for Leonard, where we’re going to take him to some quite dark places.
Basically, we’re going to do a couple of quite big stories for our central characters that pull everyone into them. So it’s not separate strands —each strand will affect all of our lovely characters. It’s going to be emotional for all of them! I’m quite excited, actually, about the series. I feel like it could be the height of Grantchester.
One thing we HAVE learned is that the new season will be made up of 8 episodes rather than the usual 6. After such a long wait, that's great news!
Who Will Be in Season 6 of Grantchester?
Robson Green and Tom Brittney have confirmed they'll be returning to their roles as DI Geordie Keating and vicar Will Davenport. Long-time fans will know that Brittney is new to the cast of Grantchester since season four, replacing James Norton (who played Sidney Chambers).
Other cast members expected to return include Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, Kacey Ainsworth, Oliver Dimsdale, Nick Brimble, Felix Scott, Jemma Redgrave and Paula Wilcox.
Grantchester is a co-production of Kudos and Masterpiece for ITV and is distributed internationally by Endemol Shine International. It's executive produced by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, writer-creator Daisy Coulam and PBS Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton.
But Wait, I Still Haven't Seen Season 5 of Grantchester!
In case you missed it, Season 5 aired in the UK back in January on ITV. It will no doubt make the rounds in repeats, but you can also check ITV Hub or Amazon if you need to get caught up.
In the US, Season 5 premiered on Sunday, June 14th (2020) on MASTERPIECE. Now, you can watch it on the PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon. Grantchester is a co-production between Kudos and MASTERPIECE on PBS, so we don't expect to see this one popping up somewhere else (not in the short-term, anyway).
You can also watch Series 1-4 HERE.
Are You Looking Forward to Grantchester Season 6?
Even though we still miss James Norton's presence on the show, we still love the scenery, the mysteries, and the increasingly comfortable relationship between DI Geordie Keating and Will Davenport. We'll definitely be tuning in for Season 6. Will you?
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