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ITV Confirms January UK Premiere Date For ‘Grantchester’ Season 8

A final outing for Reverend Will Davenport

by Dave Elliott

ITV Confirms January UK Premiere Date For 'Grantchester' Season 8

ITV has set a January UK premiere date for Grantchester Season 8, which will be the last full season for one-half of the current ecclesiastical crime-solving duo…

Robson Green returns as DI Geordie Keating alongside Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport. The new season is set to range from Speedway to spies, exploring the lives of invisible women and the very visible problems caused by Leonard’s new vocation which may, once again, find him battling the law. Exploring faith, forgiveness, and redemption – this explosive series tests Will and Geordie to the limit.

Will is the happiest he’s ever been but his world will be rocked by a terrible accident. He’s always preached the word of a compassionate God – but how can he now, when his despair leads him on a dangerous downward spiral?

Geordie has found a new contentment in his relationship with Cathy, but when they are both confronted with shocking announcements at work their happiness is threatened. As Mrs. C, Leonard, Jack and Daniel rally around, both Will and Geordie find themselves in unfamiliar, emotional waters and murder is always around the corner.

Alongside Green and Brittney, the series stars Charlotte Ritchie (‘Ghosts’) as Bonnie, Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs C, Al Weaver as Leonard Finch, Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating, Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe and Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman. Special guest actors for this series include Shaun Dingwall (‘Top Boy’, ‘Noughts & Crosses’), Jeff Rawle (‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Doc Martin’) and Jemima Rooper (‘Gold Digger’, ‘The Girlfriend Experience’).

It was announced earlier this year that Tom Brittney would be stepping back from his role to focus on new projects at the start of Season 9. But as one door closes, another opens, and the village welcomes Rishi Nair (Hollyoaks, Count Abdulla) as the charismatic vicar, Alphy Kotteram. This will be the third partner for Robson Green’s Geordie, following on from James Norton, who played Reverend Sidney Chambers in the first four seasons, with Tom Brittney joining in season four.

Adapted from The Grantchester Mysteries novels by James Runcie, the series was developed for television by Daisy Coulam. Writers this series include Richard Cookson (episode one), Helen Black (episode three), Anita Vettesse (episode four) and Richard Cookson and Karla Williams (episode five). The series is directed by Rob Evans, Al Weaver (who makes his directing debut) and Martin Smith.

‘Grantchester’ is commissioned by PBS MASTERPIECE and PBSd for US audiences, which is why this season has already aired in the USA, as PBS is now the primary funder of the show. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by GBH Boston. Banijay Rights will be responsible for international distribution.

Grantchester‘ Season 8 premieres Thursday, 11th January 2024 at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

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