TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 5, Episode 2

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

I enjoyed watching Series 5, Episode 2 of ‘Grantchester’ last night. It was another enjoyable episode that combined both character drama as well as a murder mystery. It’s interesting how ‘Grantchester’ does that in one hour of TV compared to other murder mysteries that have 2 hours to tell the story.

In this episode, Tom Brittney as Will and Al Weaver as Leonard witness a horrible hit-and-run car murder in Grantchester. When Robson Green as Geordie turns up, he and Will trace the car back to a pair of dysfunctional brothers that are caught in this web of lies. Can our heroes uncover the truth?

The two dysfunctional brothers include a bad-tempered one who seems to be a bully and another who suffers with shrapnel. It was interesting how their roles in a horrible murder of someone who wasn’t fair to his wife gets uncovered. Geordie and Will learn how they might not be obvious in the murder.

There are other highlights for our main characters as well as the murder itself. First of all, Geordie has invited his wife’s mother around to help out in the house. Kacey Ainsworth returns as Cathy, Geordie’s wife in the series whilst Paula Wilcox is her mother Diana. There is friction between them.

Will has problems of his own when his mother Jemma Redgrave as Amelia Davenport is going out with an unsavoury man that belittles her at times. Will notices this and is far from happy. He shares this with his mother one evening but she refuses to listen, not inviting him to the engagement party.

On the other side of the spectrum, Will seems to form a bond with Laura Carse as Ellie Harding, the journalist. Looking ahead, it seems that Will and Ellie might be romantically involved with each other. I like Ellie, since she seems feisty as a journalist especially when she helps Will to solve a murder.

There’s Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. Chapman who disapproves of having a TV in the vicarage. Yet she’s hooked when seeing the TV switched on. 😀 There’s also the romance between Leonard and Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe behind Mrs. Chapman’s back which has some comedic value. 😀

The thing about this episode is that I sort-of worked out who was going to be the murderer at the end. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, I like how the build-up was revealed since it was good character drama all the way throughout. I’m not sure if ‘Grantchester’ is getting predictable though.

Otherwise, I enjoyed Series 5, Episode 2 of ‘Grantchester’ very much. I don’t know where things are going to go regarding Will and his mother; Will’s relationship with Ellie; family matters at Geordie’s house and the Leonard/Daniel romance behind Mrs. C’s back, but I’m looking forward to next week. 🙂

With hope, my review on Series 5, Episode 3 of ‘Grantchester’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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