Returning: Grantchester

ABC is fast-tracking the third season of Grantchester to screens with James Norton and Robson Green back as Vicar Sidney Chambers and Police Inspector Geordie Keating, respectively.

It returns on Sunday April 30, within a week of its UK broadcast.

Please note there is a repeat episode screening this Sunday ahead of the new episodes.

In the third series Grantchester’s new Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo reminds Sidney (Norton) that as clergyman he must put duty above his own needs and lead by example. Given the strength of his feelings for Amanda (Morven Christie), is this something that Sidney can do?

On the face of it, Geordie (Green) is still happily married to Cathy (Kacey Ainsworth). But there continues to be an undeniable spark between himself and feisty police secretary Margaret (Seline Hizli). Leonard (Al Weaver) was left heartbroken after Daniel (Oliver Dimsdale) left him for another man, but in this series he appears to put this behind him and find romantic happiness with someone else. But will those around him allow him this happiness?

Mrs Maguire’s (Tessa Peake-Jones) friendship with dashing Jack (Nick Brimble) develops, but can anyone ever replace her late husband Ronnie?

Lorne MacFadyen stars again as DC Phil Wilkinson. And of course it wouldn’t be Grantchester without the return of the gorgeous black Labrador, Dickens. Peter Davison will guest star in the series as Geoff Towler, the village solicitor, captain of the cricket team, and a man who rules his family with a rod of iron.

8:30pm Sunday April 30 on ABC.

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