“IT’S about guilt and conflict. The conflict between love and duty.
“It is shocking and it is dark but in a slightly different more personal way.”
James Norton talking to me about series three of Grantchester which returns to ITV at 9pm this Sunday (April 23).
With challenges ahead for both vicar Sidney Chambers, played by James, and Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green).
The new series also seeing the return of Morven Christie as Amanda, Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs Maguire, Al Weaver as Leonard Finch and Lorne Macfadyen as Phil Wilson.
Plus the arrival of Gary Beadle as Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo.
August 2014 and I’m sitting on a London sofa with Robson Green.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve interviewed him.
We seem to have been meeting up for decades to discuss his various TV projects.
And it’s always a pleasure to talk to a canny lad who was born not far away from me.
Someone who has done much to put something back into the place he came from.
With a real heartfelt appreciation for his homeland and how it shaped him and his family.
“IT’S very important that Sidney has seen death. That he knows death.
“I remember my father said to me once:
‘I don’t suppose you’ve buried many of your friends?’
“Which is a very shocking sentence.”
Author James Runcie, son of the late Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, talking about his creation Sidney Chambers.
Grantchester is a new six-part series starting on ITV at 9pm on Monday (October 6).
Starring James Norton as Sidney.
Totally transformed from his no doubt future award-winning role as psychopath Tommy Lee Royce in BBC1’s Happy Valley.
SCHOOL’S out for Waterloo Road in Rochdale.
Production of the drama is to move to Scotland, although how that will be explained on screen is still not clear.
My English exclusive story on the end of an era for the BBC1 show is in today’s MEN here.
With a fuller version below:
ROBSON Green went to school just up the road from me. He was at Seaton Burn High just after I left my Sixth Form to embark on a career in journalism.
I met up again with Robson recently and asked him if he had ever gone back to his old school.
“No. I think there’s always something wrong about that. It’s just weird,” he replied.
“When I was there, you’d get guys and girls who had left and they’d hang around the gates, for some unknown reason.
“I couldn’t think of a worse thing to do, other than being invited and talk to the kids. But not to hang around. Definitely not.”
THE rather wonderful Being Human returns for a third BBC3 series tonight.
With a brilliant opening episode featuring Mitchell’s quest to rescue Annie from purgatory.
Plus a move to Wales, the arrival of Robson Green and Michael Sorcha, an impressive guest appearance by Lacey Turner and just the odd twist in the tale.
Also screened on the BBC HD channel.
I met up with Russell Tovey, Sinead Keenan and Michael last October to discuss the new series.
THERE was plenty to discuss when I met up again with Kevin Whately in London one Friday afternoon in July.
Some of what we talked about will have to wait for another day.
Tonight (Sunday) he takes the lead in Joe Maddison’s War, a one-off film on ITV1 at 9pm.