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Grantchester: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
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The whiskey-drinking and jazz-loving vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) returns alongside his friend and veteran cop Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) for a second season of crime solving in the small country parish of Grantchester. Based on the popular Sidney Chambers mystery novels by James Runcie.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 35273572
- Media Format : Widescreen
- Run time : 6 hours
- Release date : June 14, 2016
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : PBS (Direct)
- ASIN : B01B800I6G
- Number of discs : 1
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- #2,073 in Mystery & Thrillers (Movies & TV)
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There's just something about mysteries made in the UK that are a cut above every other kind. Awesome!
But I find it very difficult to rate.
To have a member of the clergy portrayed in a positive light in TV or film is as rare as a Dodo bird sighting. So I was quite pleased to find the lead role, Sidney Chambers, cast as a likeable, positive person. I was also pleased to find him flawed, and very human. He is a believable person, and a terrific character. The character of Inspector Keating is brilliant in all respects, and the relationship between the two is the engine that makes the show work.
However, as both a clergyman and a writer, I find there are a number of problems that plague Grantchester, and keep threatening to spoil it.
Though Sidney Chambers is believable as a real human being, he is not believable as a man of faith, nor as a 1950s Anglican priest.
It is fine (and in fact, well done) to portray a man of faith with failings and problems. But Chambers does not treat his failings with the kind of gravity that real person of faith would. Some of the things he does would cause a deep inner turmoil for a Christian, and certainly so for a priest in the 1950s. Sidney’s turmoil over such issues is very shallow, and sometimes not present at all. What he agonizes about are the wrong sort of things altogether. This part of the show rings entirely false.
In addition, Chambers, while he has no problems expressing doubts, seems incapable of expressing faith. When he is troubled, he does not seek God for solace, or for wisdom. He doesn’t pray, or read the scriptures. His sermons are pathetically and transparently representative of 21st agnostic moralism; that is, they are nothing like anything that might have been preached in the 1950s (or even today) by a person of genuine Christian faith. Again, this rings false.
It is frustrating, because in other respects, the show tries to portray the 1950s accurately. Certainly the writers enjoy trotting out the social injustices of that period.
In the end the show is dragged down by these failings, but it does not entirely drown. Though not believable as a man of faith, Sidney’s character is likeable. Again, the character of Inspector Keating is thoroughly excellent, and the relationship between the two is the glue that holds it all together. In the final analysis, these things outweigh the problems and make the show a reasonable way to waste an hour.
I just wish they could do a better job with an aspect of the show that is, after all, somewhat central to the concept.