TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 4, Episode 3

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I found out from Sarah Sutton (Nyssa in ‘Doctor Who’) that she loves ‘Grantchester’. I need to catch up on the previous three seasons and the Christmas Special set before Series 4. 😀 Sarah hasn’t seen the latest Series 4 episodes though. I almost revealed spoilers to her at ‘Science of the Time Lords’. Oops! 😀

Anyway, I saw Series 4, Episode 3 of ‘Grantchester’ at the same time I saw Series 8, Episode 3 of ‘Call the Midwife’ on Monday evening after I came back from Leicester last weekend. This is where James Norton’s character of Sidney has already left the series. So, it doesn’t seem like he’s coming back here.

In the episode, Robson Green as D.I. Geordie Keating gets called in to investigate the apparent break-in at a computer laboratory. Very soon, the professor who is the head of the laboratory suffers and dies from a dose of mercury poisoning. Foul play gets suspected as Geordie conducts the investigation.

I noticed a theme of homosexuality in the episode, especially when Geordie finds that the professor who got murdered was spending the night with someone else other than his wife in the lab. And it’s not just the professor who’s guilty. The professor’s wife also had a lesbian relationship with someone.

So far, I’ve noticed certain themes in these ‘Grantchester’ episodes with the first one in Series 4 being on racism and prejudice towards black people and the second one on prostitution. It’s interesting how these themes in the episodes are reflected in 1950s society compared to how they’re handled today.

In place of Sidney’s character, Geordie receives help from Al Weaver as Leonard Finch in the episode. Leonard Finch is applying for the position of vicar in Grantchester. He’s not a good replacement for Sidney’s character, but he does his best. Leonard also happens to be a homosexual man in the TV series.

This is something that Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. Chapman discovers in the episode. It shocks and stops her in supporting Leonard Finch to be the new vicar in Grantchester, which was something she’d been doing beforehand. She even rejected Will Davenport’s arrival in being the new vicar beforehand.

And yes of course, Tom Brittney returns as Will Davenport to become the new vicar of Grantchester instead of Leonard Finch. Will Davenport was in the first episode of Series 4. I was expecting him to take over immediately following Sidney’s departure. Surprising how this was gradually built upon in the episode.

Series 4, Episode 3 of ‘Grantchester’ has been compelling to watch. I’m really getting into ‘Grantchester’ as a series and would like to catch up on the previous three seasons and the Christmas Special. I wonder what will occur next in the last three episodes of this current series of ‘Grantchester’.

With hope, my review on Series 4, Episode 4 of ‘Grantchester’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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