A Priest and Policeman walk into a bar… I know what you’re thinking this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but that one line is basically the entire premise for this show… (sort of). Based on the Sidney Chambers novels by James Runcie Grantchester has now returned to ITV at 9.00 for its third series and it’s a welcome return in the shape of a typical British Sunday night drama.
For those who don’t know the books or the show follows clergyman Sidney Chambers (played by James Norton) and his sleuthing adventures with best friend older Policeman Geordie (played by Robson Green). The two men are bound by friendship but also by their differences many of which are not just generational. Where, for instance, does young Sidney and Geordie who is twenty years his senior stand on subjects such as the death penalty? And in the most recent series infidelity? All are explored in a show that has morality, love and friendship at its very core.
The series follow the men’s personal and professional lives and their many highs and lows Sidney and his long standing will they won’t they with his ‘friend’ Amanda is an on-going theme throughout the show. This is a detective series though with a weekly murder in this quaint English village that really shouldn’t have that many murders and more often than not it’s solved by the Priest, not the Detective, but that is all part of the charm of this programme.
If Sidney and Geordie aren’t enough to reel you in and Sidney’s dramatic almost romance with Amanda still doesn’t have you convinced then watch it for Leonard the lovely shy Priest, who always provides comic relief. Oh yeah and Dickens, because who doesn’t love a black labrador puppy following James Norton round on a bike? That’s right, no one!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post I’d love to hear your thoughts, see you next time!
Disclaimer at the time this review was written I had not read the D.H Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s lover (book review to come)
The BBC is known for it’s period drama’s so it was no great surprise when an adaptation Lady Chatterley’s Lover hit our screen at 9.00pm in Sunday night. The Story of Lady Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) whose husband is paralysed in WW1. When Lord Clifford (James Norton) returns from the war he is changed man and his relationship with his wife suffers greatly when it is revealed he is impotent and they are unable to have a child. Clifford deprives his wife of affection and isolates himself from the world and it was during this lonely period that Constance meets Oliver Mellors Lord Chatterley’s Game Keeper (Richard Madden). Oliver is going through his own heart break having discovered his wife was pregnant with another mans child while he was way during the war and so, through their meetings the two begin to bond.
The story is one of the distinction of class during that time period and the meeting of two lonely souls. Also Constance doesn’t seem to belong in the world in which she lives all the while Oliver is desperate to see the class system come crashing down. The BBC adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a love story crossing the classes something at the time which was an impossibility.
Although while watching it it was hard to imagine why it was ever a banned book. Many D.H Lawrence readers have commented again and again that this is not a faithful adaptation and the original story is nowhere to be found. Having not read the book yet I can’t comment but I have started it as I was curious. And I will say this I am 20% percent in and we have only just met Oliver Mellors…
Did I enjoy it?
I really, really did, the actors were great in the roles and it was somehow heart breaking and akward for a modern viewer. The class system is really delved into in a way you don’t get to see in shows like Downton Abbey or in film because I think for the sake of entertainment the past has been glamorised. Lady Chatterley’s Lover gave the viewer an idea of how different classes treated and spoke about eachother and what it would have taken for these two characters to be together but not to stay together.