TV Review – ‘Grantchester’, Series 6, Episode 8


Hello everyone. 🙂

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

And we’ve come to the end of Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’! I’m amazed by how time has flown by. To think Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’ started at the beginning of September and it’s now finished towards the end of October. So, what do I think of the finale to Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’? Was it worth it? 😐

Well, it was certainly a lot better than Series 5’s finale. With that said, I don’t feel Series 6 ended quite on a happier note compared to previous seasons. I know the episode has sort-of ended on a cliffhanger and that it will lead right into Series 7, but I would have preferred a far happier ending. 😐

In the episode, a successful music producer – Tristan Gemmill as Gene Daltry – gets murdered. Tom Britney as Will has his suspicions on who committed the murder, but Robson Green as Geordie finds himself implicated in the investigation and forced to consider whether his army buddy was involved.

It’s interesting to see how Geordie ended up going through a dark place and a bad patch during the episode. It’s revealed when he and Shaun Dooley as Johnny Richards were prisoners of war, Geordie prayed for himself to live and for Johnny to be killed. This was quite a shocking revelation to uncover.

It’s also disturbing when Geordie became involved with Johnny’s dealings in interacting with the murder victim’s wife, Michelle Greenidge as Rita Daltrey. Geordie has Johnny see some confidential papers in the episode. Thankfully, Geordie does do the right thing and he has the culprits arrested. 🙂

Sadly, Geordie’s relationship with his wife Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy is at breaking point again and he’s forced to move out of the house. I liked it when Geordie was praying to God at the episode’s end and Will joined him. I presume Geordie will be living in the vicarage after being ousted by Cathy.

Some good news though! Al Weaver as Leonard is out of prison after receiving an early release for the efforts he did in the previous episode. 🙂 It was nice to see Leonard reunited with Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman; Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel; and Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs. C once he’s out of prison. 🙂

It was also good to see Leonard having a friendly encounter with Ahmed Elhaj as Henry Jones, the new curate. Leonard sorts out a riff between Mrs. C and Henry, especially as Mrs. C became angry with Henry for telling the Bishop about Will having had Tamara in the vicarage in Series 6, Episode 6.

I also liked it when Henry redeemed himself before Will by changing his story to Stuart Bowman as Bishop Aubrey Gray in order for Will to keep his job at the vicarage. I don’t know if Leonard will get his curate job back in Series 7, but for now, it seems Henry will be the new curate for a while longer.

The series finale to Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’ has been reasonably good. It’s such a shame that Geordie been ousted by his wife, leaving the series on a cliffhanger. Series 6 has been a mixed bag for me, especially with going into darker territory. But then again, this is crime drama series after all.

I look forward to when Series 7 of ‘Grantchester’ comes to ITV1, hopefully in early 2022. I’m looking forward to seeing Charlotte Ritchie from ‘Call the Midwife’ in Series 7.

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now.

Tim. 🙂

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