ITV officially renewed Grantchester for series 3 to premiere in 2017


The release date for Grantchester series 3 — Pending

This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Grantchester Series 3 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. ITV has officially renewed the series for another season expected to debut in 2017. To get notified of the exact premiere date – subscribe for updates below.

Production info, plot and cast

A criminal drama series set in the 1950s British countryside, Grantchester has been broadcast on ITV since 2014. The second series is now on the air, having premiered on March 2, 2016. The show is based on The Grantchester Mysteries by James Runcia and written by Daisy Coulam. It is a co-production between Lovely Day and Masterpiece, with Diederick Santer and Rebecca Eaton executive producing.

A clergyman detective is not a rare figure in criminal fiction, and Grantchester`s Sidney Chambers (James Norton) joins the list. His counterpart in investigating local crimes is Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green). Chambers is intuitive, and Keating more methodical, so their abilities complement each other perfectly as they work together to untangle the local murder mysteries.

Viewer reception and possible renewal

The series has been commended for its worthwhile attempt to recreate the period-set classic murder stories without the gore and obvious on-screen violence or the complex detective characters on the brink of madness, who are ever so popular in today`s television. James Norton`s performance is lauded, as is the overall steady pace and pleasant setting. Review aggregator websites have been kind to Grantchester, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 100% certified fresh rating, and IMDb scores averaging 8/10. The second series premiere of Grantchester attracted 5.51 million viewers, and the second episode was seen by 5.04 million in L+7. The series delivers excellent ratings, is easy to watch and love – a perfect recipe for renewal, isn`t it? Stay tuned for a network announcement, and enjoy the rest of the current series.

Series 2 recap

A 6-part sophomore chapter of the British mystery drama TV series Grantchester bowed out on the ITV network in the UK on April 6, 2016 and wrapped up across the ocean on the American PBS network on May 1, 2016. The series has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic, and although it is yet to garner any critical accolades, the program boasts an impressive 8/10 average score on IMDb. It continues raking in impressive ratings in its native Great Britain, and in its second installment the series has managed to increase the average viewership per episode: it opened with 7.7 million viewers and averaged more than 6.5 million fans per episode. The series 2 finale felt more the beginning than the end and finished with a major cliffhanger, as expected. It was all done with a sole purpose to wet the audience’s appetite while they are waiting for new episodes to be back on the air in 2017.

Latest news

UPDATED April 7, 2016: Grantchester, the period criminal drama starring the excellent duet of James Norton and Robson Green as Sidney Chambers and Geordie Keating, will indeed return to ITV with a third series, the network announced on April 6, 2016. This is very exciting news for the fans, as everyone want to see a resolution of the second season`s cliffhanger ending. All further details are to be announced later on, so stay tuned or subscribe to our automatic updates and receive relevant information via e-mail.

UPDATED August 25, 2016: Excellent news for the fans of ITV’s popular period detective drama Grantchester starring James Norton and Robson Green – the third season of the show will air in 2017. The upcoming season will contain six one-hour episodes, with a guest appearance by Peter Davison, and should go into production very shortly. Furthermore, there will be a 90-minute Christmas special, the first for Grantchester, set to air later on in 2016. It will focus on pregnant Amanda and the way she must manage her new life. Please stay tuned and we will inform you of the release date for Grantchester series 3 when it is set by the network.

UPDATED November 30, 2016: It`s time to reveal the premiere date of Grantchester Christmas special on ITV! The feature-length (90-minute) festive episode of the period criminal drama will air on December 24, 2016 at 9pm. A perfect combination of blood-chilling and heart-warming: Christmas Eve, a Christmas detective mystery of the old-fashioned kind, and, of course, James Norton and Robson Green. Tune in and enjoy!

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