Did you see the opening episode of Grantchester? It was reviewed favorably in a number of newspapers, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
From the Times review:
“Grantchester” will be breezy fun for fans of the form, though the more discerning will be put off by how rudimentary the actual murder mysteries are after being squeezed into 50 minutes (half the norm for this type of show). Others are liable to find it faintly ridiculous, more of a haiku than an actual drama. It benefits from the presence of the veteran Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood,” “Touching Evil”) as Sidney’s sidekick, Inspector Keating.
The Times took a nuanced view, seeming to find the show enjoyable albeit implausible. The Wall Street Journal had less qualified praise.
From the Journal review:
What also moves this show along are the stories about murders—which Sidney finds himself drawn into solving after forming a friendship with a disheveled policeman, ‘Geordie’ Keating (Robson Green). Each of the crimes or moral misdeeds—whether they involve suicide, adultery, bigotry, euthanasia, class snobbery or greed—reveals Sidney to be ahead of his time in most respects, and yet resolute in his faith.
Did you enjoy the first episode? Will you tune in for the second? What was your (spoiler-free, please!) take?
Posted by David Streever