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Grantchester is back for its sixth season, and the quaint Cambridgeshire village is set to be the backdrop to more drama than ever before. The first episode sees the characters take a trip to what lead actor Tom Brittney described as “Grantchester’s version of Butlins”.
However, it sounds like the jolly atmosphere won’t last. When we caught up with the cast of the show they promised audiences could look forward to drama with plenty of "scandal" and "torture" from the off. Tom, who’s played Reverend Will Davenport since 2019, teased the season’s explosive start.
“It wouldn’t be Grantchester if there wasn’t something that happened that rocked us all. Very quickly, there is not only a murder but one of the main cast gets involved in a scandal that runs through the whole series and damages us all in some way.”
Despite Covid-19 restrictions, the team have managed to film eight episodes for the latest season, rather than the regular six. Which gives viewers lots more time to get embroiled in the characters’ stories.
And you can bet the show doesn't shy away from difficult subject matters. Curate Leonard’s love life takes a dark turn as Grantchester dives into what it really meant to be gay in the 1950s.
“The writers take this character, a character you love, and they torture him,” explained Al Weaver, who plays him. “He goes on a journey, and by the end, we see a Leonard we’ve never seen before.”
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Of course, this means his relationship with Mrs C (played by Tessa Peake-Jones) will be pushed even further.
“She only wants his happiness, but she has her strong religious beliefs and is really conflicted. She definitely goes on a journey this series,” Tessa told us.
Then, of course, there’s the relationship between DI Geordie Keating and his wife Cathy (Kacey Ainsworth), which has really been through the mill in recent runs.
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According to Robson Green, their relationship takes a “destructive” turn. “I think viewers will be shocked and emotionally drained. But there will be laughs along the way, I promise you,” he added.
Kacey also touched on the conflict, saying: “Cathy and Geordie come to blows because he has got to go with the word of the law, whereas she cares more about the injustices that happen in everyday life.”
Season six of Grantchester begins Friday 3 September at 9pm on ITV.
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