‘Grantchester,’ the complete third season now on DVD

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SEASON 3 ON DVD—James Norton stars as Sidney Chambers, the charismatic, charming, crime-fighting clergyman, and Robson Green as his partner in crime, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating. Season three is now available on DVD.

‘Grantchester,’ the complete third season now on DVD

By Theda Kleinhans Reichman

Entertainment Editor

 

‘Grantchester,’ the complete third season now on DVD

By Theda Kleinhans Reichman

Entertainment Editor

 

Many things in life can be addictive. For me it’s the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series “Grantchester,” starring James Norton as the young vicar Sidney Chambers and Robson Green as his best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating.

The third season ended this past Sunday on PBS and is now available on DVD. (For more information visit PBS.org.)

“Grantchester” is based on a series of six books written by James Runcie, whose father Robert was Archbishop of Canterbury. Runcie, a prolific writer, published the first novel in the Sidney Chambers series in 2012 entitled “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death.”  Five other novels, with six mysteries in each, followed and he is now working on a prequel, which involves Chamber’s WWII service in the Scots Guards prior to his decision to become a vicar. Hopefully this too will be a part of the Masterpiece Mystery series.

If you have never watched “Grantchester,”  Sidney Chambers is the vicar in the small Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. Besides his church duties he also works on cases with his friend Geordie.They make a great team, and if Sidney had not become a vicar he would have been a fine detective. Their relationship is integral to the story.

While Sidney is spiritual, Geordie is an atheist or at least an agnostic. But this doesn’t  hinder the wonderful friendship and chemistry they share.

Other  characters in the series include Sidney’s feisty housekeeper Mrs. Maguire who loves him as if he were her own son, Leonard, the young clergyman who works with Sidney, and Amanda, the love of Sidney’s life.

In the third season Sidney and Geordie are still solving crimes of passion, murderous plots and unexpected tragedies, but both Sidney and Geordie have personal problems of their own to cope with as well. Chambers is conflicted when he is forced to choose between the woman he loves, Amanda, and his life in the Church.

 

Special features include “The Making of Grantchester 3,” “Behind the Scenes” and “Inside the Christmas Special.”  Season 3 is approximately 380 minutes long on 3 discs.

Note: all three seasons of “Grantchester” are available on DVD

 

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Now Batman has to drop the lone-vigilante thing and learn to lighten up. Lots of fun for all ages. From Warner Bros., rated PG for some rude humor and action.

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The Blu-ray and DVD versions have many additional special features that include: “Director’s Commentary,” “ Creating a King: Realizing an Icon,” “Creating a King: Summoning a God,.” “On Location: Vietnam,” “Deleted Scenes” and more. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action and for brief strong language.

 

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