TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 6, Episode 1

Hello everyone. 🙂

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

‘Grantchester’ is back! Wow! It’s been a while since there was a new ‘Grantchester’ episode on ITV1. I’m pleased to be seeing this series again as I enjoyed catching up from Series 1 to 5 last year. And it’s pretty amazing to think that Series 6 was filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic – please keep safe.

Not that you would know that from watching the first episode of Series 6 itself as the actors playing the characters don’t look like they’re social distancing from each other. I’m sure there were guidelines to follow in terms of actors working in a bubble or something, but it’s barely noticeable. 🙂

What did I make of the season opener of Series 6 itself? I actually liked it. Granted, there are things about the episode I’m unsure about and how certain characters are going to develop in certain directions, but I’m looking forward to checking out more when it comes to seeing the rest of Series 6.

And it’s interesting to note that Series 6 has an episode count of 8 episodes instead of the usual 6. I’m not sure why Series 6 has been extended to 8 episodes instead of 6. I imagine the ‘Call the Midwife’ team are disappointed they didn’t get to do their usual 8 as opposed to the 7 for Series 10.

Anyway, the episode has the vicarage family and the Keating family on a much-needed summer break at the Merries Holiday Camp. And yes, I couldn’t help imagine this being like the 1950s holiday camps featured in the BBC sitcom ‘Hi-De-Hi’ and the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘Delta and the Bannermen’.

It was amusing to see the ‘Grantchester’ characters enjoying themselves at the holiday camp and wearing different clothes – though Robson Green as Geordie stayed in his usual detective clothes at the camp. 😀 Anyway, a murder occurs at the holiday camp. Geordie and Will Davenport investigate.

It’s funny how a murder happens at the holiday camp and that Geordie and Will can’t get away from their murder-solving cases. As well as Robson Green, it was great to see Tom Brittney back as Will Davenport in the series as well as Al Weaver as Leonard Finch and Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. C.

There’s also Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating, Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe, Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman and Skye Lucia Degruttola as Esme Keating. I’m curious about what will happen to Leonard and Daniel in their relationship as it appears Leonard is in trouble being caught with Daniel.

Rachael Stirling, Diana Rigg‘s daughter, makes a guest appearance as Margie Danker, the wife of Nick Holder (not Cliff Parisi from ‘Call the Midwife’ as I first believed 😀 ) as Sid Danker. There’s Michael Abubakar as Bryan Stanford and Jordan Alexander as Sunny West/Pamela Smith at the holiday camp.

I’m disappointed a follow-up to Ellie the journalist from Series 5 wasn’t made here in Series 6’s first episode. I suppose she’s not coming back despite the deleted scene I saw for Series 5, Episode 6. Otherwise, this was an enjoyable ‘Grantchester’ episode and I’m looking forward to more in Series 6.

With hope, my review on Series 6, Episode 2 of ‘Grantchester’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now.

Tim. 🙂

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