TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 6, Episode 5


Hello everyone. 🙂

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

Well, we’re five episodes in of Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’ and we have three episodes left. A lot has happened in terms of how our main characters’ journeys have progressed, especially Leonard’s. I felt rather sad in terms of how Leonard’s journey has ended up so far. I hope that he’ll return very soon.

The episode showcases the trial of Al Weaver as Leonard taking place. Everyone is there to support him, including Tom Brittney as Will, Robson Green as Geordie, Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. C, Nick Brimble as her husband Jack and Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy, which I think is very touching to witness.

It was also nice to see a scene between Leonard and Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel before the trial takes place. I found it upsetting that a member of the Church like Stuart Bowman as Bishop Aubrey Gray (who’s just as bad as Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo) wouldn’t support Leonard in a way that Will would.

It was also uncomfortable when the prosecutor was hurling allegations against Leonard concerning his homosexuality and whether God truly loves him. Will is angry with the prosecutor for going too far. I’ve noticed Will can be quite trigger-happy, especially when Geordie is trying to calm him down.

This is especially the case concerning the other subplot going on where an audacious robbery from a bank security van in Cambridge takes place. Will is determined to chase after the runaway criminal in a literally fast ‘part one’ of the episode. No joke, the first of the four acts before the adverts is quick.

I must admit, I wasn’t particularly happy with the subplot involving the robbery of the bank security van. Quite frankly, I’m not sure who committed the murder. I think the solicitor called in to help certain participants had something to do with it, but I’m not sure as it’s kept vague and open-ended.

I’m not sure if this is meant to continue into the next episode. Probably not, in my opinion! I’ve just found out Shaun Dooley (who was in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘The Ghost Monument’) guest stars as Johnny Richards, the solicitor character whom Geordie seems to know from the war days, I think.

The episode also features Nigel Betts (who I’ve seen before as Mr. Armitage in Series 8 of ‘Doctor Who’ and have met in real-life at a ‘Collectormania’ event in Milton Keynes back in November 2014) as Judge Newport. There are quite a couple of Bradleys who feature in this ‘Grantchester’ episode. 🙂

There’s Chelsea Halfpenny as Lily Bradley and there’s Paul Bradley (which happens to be my dad’s name – I had no idea my dad led a double life 😀 ) as Jeremy Baker. I liked the scenes Leonard has with Mrs. C and Will prior to the ‘day of judgment’. Sadly, it doesn’t turn end up so well for Leonard.

Despite Will’s best efforts to provide a character witness, Leonard is sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. Leonard is also stripped of his curate role at the vicarage by the Bishop. I’m curious whether we’ll be seeing Leonard in prison next time. Or maybe the six months have passed by then.

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

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now.

Tim. 🙂


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