ITV’s hit drama Grantchester has returned to the Cambridge village, sparking excitement among fans, tourists and locals. Grantchester’s return to the screen was confirmed late last year, but fans were disappointed to learn that James Norton would leave his role as the crime-fighting vicar after this series. The film crew arrived early last Friday (June 29) to cover the vicarage in wisteria, before setting up lights around the church. It wasn’t long before word spread, prompting people to travel from far and wide to catch an early glimpse of Norton’s final performances in the iconic church.
We’ve been keeping up with the developments on set. Scroll down to see how the drama unfolds…
Day one of set-up and vans arrive full of wisteria.
The scaffolding goes up and the wisteria’s unpacked.
Voilà! The vicarage, newly adorned with wisteria.
Spotlights are erected outside of Grantchester Church.
Lights, Camera, Action!
The brand new six-part drama from ITV, Grantchester, hit our screens yesterday and was a massive hit across the UK. UK TV Ratings announced that on it’s first evening on air the show was seen by an astounding 5.77 million Brits, far overtaking viewing figures for the BBC’s, New Tricks.
The new show wonderfully frames the beautiful Cambridge village of Grantchester, showcasing the picturesque setting in style. Local residents of the village can be spotted throughout the series as extras in the period drama, as can a number of stunning Grantchester landmarks.
The first episode was just enough to get viewers hooked, after a slow journey into the depths of the storyline we are setting for a gripping few week following the characters as the period murder mystery unravels.
Today there have been endless reviews raving about the show. Check out some of our favourites.
We just love what the Cambridge News had to say about the show and totally agree, despite the stunning performance from James Norton the real star of the of ITV show is Grantchester (maybe we’re a little biased). Catch the Cambridge News article here: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Grantchester-review-verdict-Episode-1-ITV1-s-new/story-23051201-detail/story.html
The Telegraph had some delightfully kind words to say about the wining new show too. Check it out here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/11144402/Grantchester-review-episode-1-delightfully-neat.html
Grantchester residents are extremely excited to get a sneaky peak at the new ITV drama that’s set to hit our screens in early October, before anyone else as they get the exclusive world premiere of the show.
Today, at a venue and time that has been kept under wraps following strict instructions from the producers of the show, locals in the village will get to watch the world premiere of the first episode of the show. Locals have been anxiously awaiting for the show to start since filming began in the village back in April.
The Grantchester series has been described as Grantchester’s answer to Oxford’s ‘Inspector Morse’! Well known actor Robson Green plays Inspector Geordie Keating, whilst Tessa Peake-Jones, most well known for her role as Raquel in the BBC sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’, will play the housekeeper.
Read the full story on the Cambridge News to find out more.
The Cambridge News has issued an exclusive video of Lord Jeffrey Archer and his Ice Bucket Challenge at his Grantchester home. The viral challenge which has been spreading across the internet recently raising which has been said to have raised over 2 million in donations.
Lord Archer was nominated by News reporter Debra Fox and in true spirit he went on to nominate
In true Ice Bucket spirit, Archer went on to nominate Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Ian Botham and Mr David Cameron!
He said: “In my lifetime I have raised more than £100 million but haven’t done anything quite like this before. It is very clever and it’s astonishing the number of people who have gotten involved for such a good cause.”
Read the full story here and find out more about the charities involved: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/VIDEO-Jeffrey-Archer-issues-Ice-Bucket-Challenge/story-22855414-detail/story.html#ixzz3C9dxj1CQ
Watch it here:
Part of the Cambridge Film Festival, there will be movies on Grantchester Meadows over the August bank holiday weekend. 6 movies will be shown over 2 days on 3 different screens at the event. It’s a great way to spend time with the family this weekend, being a child friendly event you could even bring your own picnic and enjoy the stars.
The gates open at 6pm with films starting around 8pm and will finish around 10.30pm. You will need to bring headphones with you as it will be a ‘Silent Disco’ screening. Ticket prices vary with offers available to check the official website for full details.
Saturday 23 August: Lego Movie
Saturday23 August: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Saturday 23 August: Cinema Paradiso
Sunday 24 August: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Sunday 24 August: Flash Gordon
Sunday 24 August: Things to Come
With the excitement of all the film crews and actors in the tiny village of Grantchester happening lately, we’re excited to see the trailer from ITV that’s now been released. It only brings more anticipation to the new TV series that’s coming in Autumn which is set in 1953 in the picturesque county Cambridgeshire. It’s an adaptation of the murder mystery books ‘The Grantchester Mysteries’ and locals can’t wait to see the series finally hit the screens later on in the year!
If you haven’t seen it already you can watch it here: