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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 at least one more round of episodes.
Even better, it may be one of the first major British TV series to return to production after the pandemic (aside from perhaps Season 2 of Vienna Blood, which isn't filming in the UK).
When Does Season 6 of Grantchester Begin Filming?
Given the current situation, of course, everything is very tentative. Plans made now could always change if virus cases spike around England and force people back into a lockdown.
That said, it looks like Grantchester will begin filming in September. In an Instagram live video, Green said they'd been advised to keep September through January free. That's a bit unusual given that most British TV shows tend to film in summer, but of course this isn't a typical year.
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.”
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 Granchester 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.
Can I See the Full Instagram Live Video Between Robson Green and Tom Brittney?
You can watch the full 56-minute Instagram live session below. Once they get past the initial technical hurdles, there's lot of fun stuff covered. Robson Green talks about the challenges of acting as he gets older – and how Tom is the safety net to his Wile E. Coyote.
They also chat about how different Tessa Peake-Jones is from her character, with big compliments on her mastery of the Cambridge accent.
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 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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