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

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

I’m really enjoying ‘Grantchester’ as a series so far. The crime-solving is compelling and the character drama is well-handled. I know there’s been a change-over of casting in this current series, but I’m finding this easy to get into and hope I will get a chance to catch-up on the previous seasons of the series.

This episode of course has Tom Brittney as Will Davenport settling himself in as the new vicar of Grantchester. Will seems such a contrast compared to James Norton’s character of Sidney in the series. He seems a 1950s rock n’ roller but he has an enthusiastic and strong belief in the work of God.

But as Will gets used to his vicar duties, he quickly becomes embroiled with helping Robson Green as D.I. Geordie Keating to solve a case where a young uncommunicative boy has blood on his hands. They soon take the boy back to his family who seem to be living a ‘backward’ Victorian God-fearing lifestyle.

I liked it when Will manages to communicate with the boy Niall Usher as Adam, using sign language whereas Geordie and the other police force struggle to ask him questions. It becomes a shock when the boy’s father, Alex Hassell as Ernest Carter, seems to reject him and claims that he killed his mother.

The episode soon has Geordie and Will solving the murder mystery of Mr. Carter’s wife and the mother of the household, Miriam. I found it so compelling when Will expressed his anger at Ernest Carter since his religious beliefs differed from his. The Carters are God-fearing whereas Will is more God-loving.

Actually, I’m rather surprised there is this family living a ‘backward’ Victorian lifestyle whereas the series is supposed to be set in the 1950s. I wonder what made these people want to live like that. I also found it interesting how many of the Carter family members were protecting someone in the tale.

In terms of the working relationship between Geordie and Will, they seem to get on very well. Geordie clearly needs someone to fill in the absence of Sidney who has left the series, and Will does seem to do the job very well. I also like how Will’s optimistic religious beliefs are strongly prevalent throughout this.

There’s the subplot where Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. Chapman rejects Al Weaver as Leonard Finch following the previous episode as well as Will settling in as the new vicar. It seems she may be leaving the series. There’s also the subplot where Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy, Geordie’s wife has an issue at work.

Series 4, Episode 4 of ‘Grantchester’ has been very good in setting up Will Davenport’s place as the new vicar pretty well. He also does well in being Geordie’s new crime partner in the series. I do wonder how this season will progress towards its end in the last two episodes and what crimes our duo will solve.

With hope, my review on Series 4, Episode 5 of ‘Grantchester’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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