ITV confirms a second series of Grantchester produced by Lovely Day
ITV today confirmed commission of a second series of Grantchester starring James Norton and Robson Green to be produced by Lovely Day.
Grantchester Series 2 Release Date – Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9PM
Set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire hamlet of Grantchester, the drama was a hit with viewers who enjoyed the wonderful characters created by novelist James Runcie, the cast, the production team at Lovely Day, and by lead writer Daisy Coulam who will return to write the second series.
Impressively, the series average consolidated at 6.6 million viewers and a 24% share of the audience, a very strong debut for the drama.
Eavesdropping on the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming, crime-fighting clergyman, and his partner in crime Police Inspector Geordie Keating, became a highlight for the audience who revelled in their on screen partnership. Geordie’s plain-speaking, down to earth approach to policing complemented Sidney’s more gentle technique of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects. Their unlikely pairing became a true friendship as each offered a different insight into the crimes they unravelled.
The new episodes will go into production in London and Grantchester, the picturesque Cambridgeshire village whose residents warmly welcomed the production team and embraced the drama being recorded whilst life carried on as normal.
Daisy Coulam who was responsible for adapting the first series based on the novels of James Runcie, will work on the new scripts from the stories within James’s second “Grantchester Mysteries” novel, Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night.
The series will be produced by Lovely Day, a sister company of Kudos, and will be executive produced by Lovely Day’s Managing Director and founder Diederick Santer (Cutting It, Jane Eyre, EastEnders).
“I’m delighted with how the audience have taken to ‘Grantchester’, and I’m very happy that ITV have asked us to make a second series,” said Diederick. “The show is a joy to make, so we can’t wait to get back to working on it.”
The new series has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
“We received a tremendous audience reaction to Grantchester,” said Steve. “It was so well received so it was an easy decision to commission a new series. We’re looking forward to working with Diederick Santer and reading Daisy Coulam’s beautifully written scripts.”
Filming will begin next year and further casting details will be available in the coming months.
A Lovely Day and MASTERPIECE co-Production for ITV, Grantchester will
premiere in the U.S. on January 18 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
Shine International represents Grantchester, holding the international distribution rights.