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Summer Brings New Beginnings For “Endeavour” And “Grantchester” On GPB

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Mysteries, history, and drama return to our Sunday lineup this summer courtesy of MASTERPIECE and PBS, but our favorite sleuths and settlers all face changing worlds set to challenge their ideals. From English villages to American settlements, here’s what’s in store for your favorite characters this season. If you haven’t finished previous seasons of Endeavour, Grantchester, or Jamestown, please note that this piece does have spoilers. We invite you to catch up on previous seasons with GPB Passport, our streaming service for GPB sponsors.

Endeavour Season 6
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After the tragic murder of DCI George Fancy and the dissolution of the Oxford City Police at the end of Season 5, Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) takes on both a new look and a new challenge as a uniformed officer at the Woodstock police department. But life as a uniformed officer finds Morse restless without his Oxford City peers and it isn’t long until he’s drawn into solving the murder of a young girl before another victim is claimed. Endeavour favorites D.I. Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), C.S. Reginald Bright (Anton Lesser), D.S. Jim Strange (Sean Rigby), Dr. Max DeBryn (James Bradshaw), and Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers) also return, uniting both to solve new cases and find new clues regarding George’s death.

 

Actor Shaun Evans will also add a new role to his Endeavour resumé: he takes on both the roles of Morse and director in Episode 2 this season. During the episode appropriately titled Apollo, the residents of Oxford are fixated on television coverage of the highly-anticipated moon landings of Apollo 11 when Endeavour must investigate the death of a young astrophysicist. The episode is topical as it is thought-provoking: 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of this historic event and Apollo is an ideal accompaniment to PBS’ Summer of Space initiative.

Endeavour returns to GPB Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. for four episodes. 

While fans will also return to Cambridge this summer, they must say goodbye to Grantchester’s favorite clergyman. James Norton, who plays charismatic, jazz-loving Sidney Chambers, makes his final appearance on the first episode of the show. 

Grantchester Season 4
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As a result, Geordie Keating (Robson Green) needs a new crime-solving partner upon Sidney’s departure and finds a sharp but reluctant colleague in Reverend Will Davenport, Grantchester’s new vicar. Played by Tom Brittney (Outlander, Call the Midwife), Will is a self-assured, confident man of the people with no interests other than his work. But when a young boy is implicated in his mother’s murder in Episode 2, it’s Will who manages to form a bond with him to uncover new clues about the case. As the series goes on, Will has a lot to learn about life and relationships in Grantchester just as Geordie begins to understand Will must face a troubled past on his quest for social justice.

 

Beyond the cases at hand, Grantchester’s colorful cast also explore new sides to their characters. Leonard Finch (Al Weaver) and Mrs. Champman (Tessa Peake-Jones) must come to terms with their new vicar and a growing rift in their friendship. Meanwhile in the Keating household, Cathy (Katey Ainsworth) is thrilled at the prospect of earning wages working in a department store but soon finds herself in a difficult situation that she must keep a secret, causing Geordie to fear for the worst.

Grantchester returns to GPB Sunday, July 14 at 9 p.m. for five episodes.

Finally, the GPB Passport and Amazon Prime-exclusive drama, Jamestown, not only returns this summer to streaming but to Sunday nights as well for a third season. The show focuses on Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), Alice (Sophie Rundle), and Verity (Niamh Walsh), three women brought to the colony of Jamestown in 1607 in order to be bound in marriage to three men who have paid for their passage. After a cliffhanger in Season 2, the settlers now strive for new lives with successful trade and tobacco farms within the colony. They must come to terms with both their pioneering aspirations and reality as they crave control and power of the New World. Tensions rise between the English and the Pamunkey as both Yeardley’s thirst for power and Openchancanough’s desire to protect his land both grow, leaving the community caught in the crossfire.

Season 3 of Jamestown premieres on GPB Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 p.m. for eight episodes.

Catch up with all of your favorite MASTERPIECE and PBS dramas with GPB Passport, a sponsor-exclusive streaming service. Let us know what you’ll be watching this summer in the comments. 

Rachel Buchman Guest Blogger

Rachel Buchman serves as the Social Media Community Manager at GPB. She earned her degree in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and has been contributing to GPB’s social media platforms since 2016. She is an avid... more