PBS Distribution has just unveiled details about the upcoming release of Grantchester, as part of the studio’s Masterpiece Mystery! series, scheduling the television production for release in April.
based on the acclaimed novel “Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death” by James Runcie, follows Reverend Sidney Chambers as he gets to the bottom of another baffling murder around the placid village of Grantchester. It all begins with a sad but predictable suicide. Lawyer Stephen Staunton in nearby Cambridge has been drinking heavily and is deeply in debt. Late one night, he turns his old service revolver on himself, leaving behind a blood-spattered suicide note and a grieving widow. It’s an open-and-shut case, according to Geordie, who is the overworked police inspector in charge of the investigation.
But people confide things in a parish priest that they never tell police – which is how Sidney comes to suspect murder. His first hurdle is to convince Geordie that there’s more to Staunton’s death than meets the eye. Fortunately, the cleric and the cop bond over their war service, their love of a good pub, and their competitive instincts – in this case, for backgammon.
It’s the start of a beautiful friendship that takes Sidney and Geordie through a series of challenging cases, revealing the dark side of early 1950s England – jealousy, prejudice, class conflict, and plain old passion.
The last emotion is not exactly unknown to Sidney, who is an unusually worldly clergyman. His pursuit of love is as much a part of the story as his tireless search for justice, spiritual fulfillment, and a really hip jazz club.
The 2-disc release will feature the TV min-event in its entire 360—minute running length. No bonus features have been announced for the title.
“Grantchester” will be in stores on April 7 and can be yours for $39.99 on Blu-Ray Disc and $34.99 on DVD.