TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 5, Episode 1

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

‘Grantchester’ is back! I found this out when looking in the ‘Radio Times’! My parents and I had to watch Series 5 this year after enjoying Series 4 last year. This time, we watched the first episode via ITV1 on Friday at 9pm instead of on ITV Hub. Hopefully we’ll continue this for the rest of the season.

It was great to see the ‘Grantchester’ cast back including Robson Green as Geordie and Tom Brittney as Will. It was also good to see Tessa Peake-Jones back as Mrs. Chapman and Al Weaver as Leonard Finch. Jemma Redgrave who played Will Davenport’s mum, Amelia, is also back for the first episode.

The first episode of Series 5 has our two lead investigators Geordie and Will discovering a student from an all-female college dead in the River Cam at Cambridge. If only Tom Baker’s Doctor and Lalla Ward’s Romana from ‘Shada’ and ‘The Five Doctors’ were punting at the time to save the student! 😀

Whilst investigating what happened to the poor girl, Will and Geordie discover the murky world of campus politics and university societies at the all-female college. I must admit I was quite put-off by what was going on, especially with some of the female students getting boys for sex to gain trinkets.

This is to allow them entry into a certain society and such. I like how each ‘Grantchester’ episode reveals who the murderer is and it’s someone you didn’t expect. Very often, murder mysteries take a lot of time in over two hours whereas ‘Grantchester’ is able to reveal the murderer within an hour.

The episode also features Siobhán Redmond as Andrea Shaw, the head of the all-female college in Cambridge. Siobhán has played the Rani in the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’. In ‘Grantchester’, she gets to dress up in a bow tie and a tuxedo like Jodie Whittaker in the ‘Doctor Who’ tale ‘Spyfall’. 🙂

I was curious about why Leonard Finch made out to Mrs. Chapman that he’d been to Bognor whereas he’d been to Morocco instead with his lover Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe. Leonard shares with Will how homosexuals are accepted in Morocco compared to Grantchester in the 1950s.

It was also tense when Will’s mother Amelia became upset during a luncheon with him, Mrs. Chapman and Leonard. It’s later revealed that she’s been seeing someone. I wonder who that is. The episode also introduces Lauren Carse as Ellie Harding, a journalist who may have a romance with Will.

I enjoyed the first episode of Series 5 of ‘Grantchester’ very much. It was great to see Robson Green back as Geordie and Tom Brittney back as Will. I’m looking forward to the rest of Series 5 of ‘Grantchester’. It’s becoming an early year TV tradition like with ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Call the Midwife’.

With hope, my review on Series 5, Episode 2 of ‘Grantchester’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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