The Best Episodes of Grantchester
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Set against the backdrop of the real hamlet of Grantchester, the drama focuses upon the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances.
#1 - Episode 6
Season 2 - Episode 6
When Sidney's old friend Reverend Sam Milburn visits the parish claiming to be seeking forgiveness for his crimes, the vicar is torn. Matters complicate further when Harding Redmond finds out he has returned and makes threats against his life, and Sam flees. With his friend now missing, Sidney fears the worst and must once again join forces with Geordie to investigate. Meanwhile, Leonard continues to wrestle with his feelings for Daniel Marlowe, and a visit from Mrs Maguire leads to Amanda having a heart-to-heart with Guy.
#2 - Episode 5
Season 2 - Episode 5
Amanda promotes a petition to stop the hanging of Gary Bell while Sidney has to solve the death of a wife beater in a locked cell after being arrested by Geordie who knows the beaten wife who had refused to make a complaint. Evidence of a false arrest and bruising on Geordie's hand and Margaret's statement raise doubts in Sidney's mind as to his innocence. Dead rats at the dead husband's house provide another solution. Sidney, present at Bell's hanging, is distraught and the attitude of Geordie to justice taking it's course.
#3 - Episode 3
Season 3 - Episode 3
Leonard gets caught up in an armed robbery at the village post office, and manages to identify the masked culprit. Geordie takes no chances when going to arrest the criminal, who has a record of similarly violent crimes - but is surprised to discover that the suspect has been murdered. Meanwhile, a second robbery occurs, carried out by a man and a woman who have adopted the dead robber's trademark of disguising himself with a gas mask. Back at the Vicarage, the atmosphere is tense between Sidney and Amanda.
#4 - Episode 4
Season 3 - Episode 4
A factory worker dies in what appears to be a drunken accident, but Geordie suspects foul play. However, secret forces are determined to shut down his investigation. Mrs Maguire is confronted by a face from the past, while Sidney wrestles with his conscience, as his feelings for Amanda clash with his sense of duty - leading to accusations of hypocrisy from Leonard.
#5 - Episode 6
Season 3 - Episode 6
On a Sunday morning in Grantchester, Sidney visits the Archdeacon to discuss his resignation. Sidney has lost his faith in a church that won't allow him to be married to the woman he loves. With a heavy heart the Archdeacon tells Sidney he must go away and write a resignation letter in order to make it official.
#6 - Episode 1
Season 3 - Episode 1
Sidney receives a series of anonymous phone calls, which he realises may be linked to a series of murders in which the victims were all important community figures killed by someone who leaves dead birds as a grisly calling card. The threat forces Sidney to question whether he can reconcile his relationship with Amanda and his calling as a vicar. Leonard bonds with Hilary as she cares for her dying father, while Geordie's investigation of the killings leads him to a mysterious home for people with disabilities.
#7 - Episode 4
Season 2 - Episode 4
As the trial of local teen Gary Bell approaches, Sidney and Geordie find themselves at loggerheads regarding his guilt – not even building a go-kart together can get them to see eye to eye. Sidney's mind is taken off these matters when he finds the anxious Reggie Lawson at the graveside of his dead wife, Anna. Convinced that she still haunts his home and stable yards following her suicide he implores Sidney to come to his estate, Kingsbrook and perform an exorcism for him.
#8 - Episode 2
Season 2 - Episode 2
Geordie and Cathy are on a mission to find Sidney a girlfriend – but nobody seems to be good enough for the choosy vicar. Geordie's plans are further thwarted when Sidney's old flame, Amanda Hopkins arrives in Grantchester while Guy is away on business.
#9 - Episode 2
Season 1 - Episode 2
Sidney is unable to say no after he is pressured by his sister Jen into attending Amanda’s engagement dinner. As Sidney attempts to deal with the evening by having too many drinks, old tensions run high between the school friends of Amanda and Jen. After Amanda’s engagement ring goes missing, Jen’s boyfriend Johnny is accused of stealing it. The following morning, one of the guests at the dinner party is found dead.
#10 - Episode 5
Season 3 - Episode 5
Sidney tries to put his life in Grantchester behind him by going in search of the man who stole Mrs Maguire's life savings, and ends up finding a new home in a travellers' community. However, he falls under suspicions when a murder rocks the camp. Geordie tracks his friend down and together they set out to solve the mystery - and hopefully give Sidney a sense of purpose in his life.
#12 - Episode 3
Season 1 - Episode 3
Guy and Amanda ask Sidney to perform their wedding ceremony and the upset vicar hits the bottle. After Mrs Maguire points out he is failing in his duties he decides to take a break from drinking and assisting in criminal investigations. Sidney helps Leonard as he moves into the vicarage, and assists parishioner Isabel as she gets ready for her upcoming wedding to new man in town called Arthur. After Daisy is found dead, her mother calls in Geordie to investigate. Sidney ends up being reluctantly being dragged into the investigation.
#13 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6
Amanda and Guy’s wedding is fast approaching, and Sidney's betrayal of Hildegard is still in his mind. Those closest to Sidney find it hard to get through to him. The murder of a local policeman doesn’t improve things, as Sidney allows himself to be pulled into another investigation rather than putting his house in order.
#14 - Episode 5
Season 1 - Episode 5
After Sidney takes Geordie to Johnny Johnson’s London jazz club, they’re supposed to be leaving their worries behind them in Grantchester. After Amanda shows up unexpectedly, the night takes a rather different turn. Johnny’s sister is murdered, leaving everybody devastated. Johnny and Claudette’s father calls in his friend DCI Jacob Williams to work on the case.
#15 - Episode 1
Season 2 - Episode 1
Drama series set in the 1950s. When Grantchester vicar Sidney Chambers is accused of a terrible crime, unmasking the real culprit sends shockwaves through the community.
#16 - Episode 3
Season 2 - Episode 3
After thoroughly modern Margaret’s visits to the vicarage start leaving Mrs Maguire’s nose out of joint, Sidney is hoping for a distraction – which arrives in the unexpected form of a young man sat alone in the church and covered in blood.
#17 - Episode 2
Season 3 - Episode 2
Sidney and Geordie join a local cricket team to play a match against nearby Whittlesford, but team captain Geoff Towler (Peter Davison) seems to have an objection to talented young Pakistani batsman Zafar, and is even willing to forfeit the game to spite the player. After the match, a buffet ends badly when contaminated beer leaves everyone feeling ill, a matter Geoff is keen for Geordie to cover up. However, a worse fate awaits Zafar, who is later found to have received a fatal dose of the poison his teammates and spectators had received.
#18 - Episode 1
Season 4 - Episode 1
Sidney and Geordie investigate when a man is stabbed during a talk by a Civil Rights activist, sparking racial tensions.
#19 - Episode 1
Season 1 - Episode 1
It is 1953 and just outside the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, local vicar Sidney Chambers has lost track of time, having spent a lovely morning with his friend, and with whom he is secretly in love with, Amanda Kendall. He races to the church, Sidney arrives just in time to minister the funeral of a local solicitor. Sidney does his best to comfort a young German widow Hildegard Staunton but he is soon called away from his duties when Pamela Morton asks to draw Sidney into confidence. She reveals that she was having an affair with the late solicitor. She believes did not commit suicide but was in fact murdered.
#20 - Episode 2
Season 4 - Episode 2
With Violet gone, Sidney loses himself in drink. After a heavy whiskey session leaves him without his jacket - and little memory of the night before - he discovers to his horror that he was the last person to see a young woman alive. As he struggles to remember her final words, Geordie grows concerned - both for the murdered girl, so callously abandoned outside a local slum, and for his friend's troubled state of mind.
#21 - Episode 3
Season 4 - Episode 3
Geordie suspects foul play when computer laboratory head Professor Simms keels over and dies from mercury poisoning. It seems the deceased recently spent the night in the lab with someone other than his wife, possibly a fellow educated man. Geordie seeks advice from Leonard, and the pair start to uncover the surprisingly messy love lives of Simms' colleagues. Elsewhere, Cathy is brutally tricked, Will returns to Grantchester and Mrs C makes a shocking discovery.