TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 5, Episode 3

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

So far, I’ve enjoyed the latest series of ‘Grantchester’ and I’m happy to be watching it on Friday nights on ITV1. With that said, I can’t deny there are a number of things about the series that baffle and astonish me, especially with regards to character development. Hopefully things will be explored further. 🙂

Anyway, the third episode of Series 5 has been very enjoyable. It has Tom Brittney as Will Davenport on a date with Lauren Carse as Ellie Harding. Okay, things do seem to go fast with this Will and Ellie relationship, but it’s nice they’re dating together. Although is she meant to be dating someone else?

By the way, Will’s mother who was in the previous episode seems to have disowned him in this episode. This was due to him objecting to her mother going out with someone he doesn’t like. Okay, I know Will should’ve kept his feelings to himself, but he was concerned. His mother’s actions seem really harsh.

Back with Will and Ellie, their dating does seem bumpy when they go and see a movie at a local cinema. Hey, they’re showing ‘The Lady Killers’ with Sir Alec Guinness! That was fun to see! I recognised the footage and some of the lines from that movie when it was being shown at the cinema!

I even recognised the posters. 😀 ‘The Lady Killers’ was released in 1955. Series 5 of ‘Grantchester’ takes place in 1957 apparently. Hmm. Anyway, Will and Ellie’s cinema date gets cut short when a brutal murder takes place. The projectionist got killed when he failed to insert the next reel of film.

I find it fascinating how cinema was done differently in the 1950s with putting in a number of reels of film as opposed to just one reel. Anyway, Robson Green as Geordie gets called in to investigate the murder with Will’s help. He also investigates cases involving an odd Indian man who haunts people.

That Indian man happens to be Hamza Jeetooa as Tariq Hassan. I recognised the actor as he’s been in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Demons of the Punjab’ with Jodie Whittaker. In that, he was involved with the partition of India in 1947. In this ‘Grantchester’ episode, his character’s involved in that too.

There are some other dramatic character subplots here, including Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. Chapman finding out her husband Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman lied to her about something regarding the Hassan character. The Kacey Ainsworth’s Cathy Keating and her mother subplot is still ongoing.

Cathy’s children are angry with their grandmother Paula Wilcox as Diana as her handling of taking them out on a seaside day trip was shoddy. I was shocked by the saucy climax between Will and Ellie at the end of the episode during their dance date. I didn’t expect Will to be capable of what he did with Ellie in this. 😮

Series 5, Episode 3 of ‘Grantchester’ was another enjoyable piece of drama. Whilst certain character journeys are interesting and surprising so far, I appreciate this episode’s theme of fantasy, especially concerning who murdered the projectionist at the cinema. I’m curious about what will happen next!

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

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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