James Norton to return to Grantchester one last time

James Norton is to star in itv's hit drama Grantchester one last time.

Grantchester, starring James Norton and Robson Green, will return to ITV for a fourth series in a co-production from Kudos and MASTERPIECE on PBS.  

This series will feature James Norton’s final episodes as character Sidney Chambers, the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman, and one half of the unlikely crime-fighting duo based in 1950s Grantchester. Casting of the new vicar arriving in the hamlet of Grantchester will be announced shortly.  

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Along with Robson Green, who plays Detective Geordie Keating, returning members of Grantchester’s ensemble cast include Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth.

MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton, at WGBH Boston, said:

“It’s a bittersweet time for Grantchester fans, who will be cheering the return of the series but crushed to say goodbye to James. We want to assure them that the series they love will continue with brilliant new episodes and a captivating new vicar.”

Grantchester - Complete 1-3 Boxed Set [DVD]
Starring James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones

Kudos Executive Producer Diederick Santer said: “I’m ecstatic that - with Masterpiece and ITV - we are returning to Grantchester with all our favourite characters. While I’m sad that these will be James Norton’s final episodes, we will make sure he goes out with a bang. We’ve got exciting plans for where the show is heading and the vicarage won’t be vacant for long.”

MASTERPIECE and ITV have commissioned Grantchester’s fourth season, which begins production in June in London, Cambridge, and Grantchester.

Norton has recently appeared in BBC One's hit drama McMafia and is still favourite to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond.