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Got an earworm from Grantchester?

Got an earworm from Grantchester?

Jazz plays an integral part in the Grantchester, as series Producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd explains:

Sidney’s love of jazz is an important part of the book [on which Grantchester was based]. Author James Runcie created a man who likes ‘warm beer and hot jazz’. For the television series it was important to reflect Sidney’s love of jazz because it was—in 1953—a very modern, innovative music genre. It’s pre-rock-and-roll, but it reflects Sidney’s youth and vitality.


While recorded music was a well-established medium by this time, records were not so readily available and accessible like they are today. For someone like Sidney Chambers, tracking down jazz records would have been a labor of love and they would have been real treasures to him. …

What tunes are sticking in your ear between episodes?


Posted by John B. Chilton


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JC Fisher

Want to discuss the *other* Masterpiece currently on (US) television, Downton Abbey. Was anyone else struck, in last night’s interreligious (Christian-Jewish) wedding, the only objections were socio-ethnic, not religious? Is it realistic that NO ONE, Christian or Jewish, said “your beloved doesn’t share our Faith”, not just (which is realistic, obviously) “s/he’s not Our Kind of People”?

I suspect a present unbelief of the producers (“Oh, who cares if Jesus is the Messiah or not! It’s all BS.”) retrojected into the past…

Ann Fontaine

My sense is the Masterpiece episode is true to how life was. It certainly was how people talked when I was a child in the 40s-50s. And I assume that was an outgrowth of those who were parents and grand parents of my parents.

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