Christmas Specials

‘Grantchester’ to Get a 2016 Christmas Special

Stars James Norton and Robson Green in "Grantchester". (Photo: Courtesy of (C) Des Willie/Lovely Day Productions & ITV for MASTERPIECE)

Good news Grantchester fans! Not only is popular mystery series returning for a third season next year, ITV has decided to commission a special holiday-themed installment to air in 2016!

The ninety-minute Christmas special will be filmed along with Season 3, which has just started production. Stars James Norton and Robson Green are back as unlikely crime fighting duo, Vicar Sidney Chambers and Police Inspector Geordie Keating. They’ll be joined once again by Tessa Peake-Jones, Morven Christie, Al Weavery, Kacey Ainsworth, and everyone’s favorite black Labrador, Dickens. 

Christmas Telly: A British Holiday Tradition

In America we get plenty of holiday TV programming. There’s usually one musical variety effort each year be it Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson or the hottest country artist at the moment. ABC Family broadcasts the 25 Days of Christmas, the Hallmark Channel features heartwarming Christmas fare (non-stop for weeks) and of course no one should forget the 24 hour A Christmas Story marathon. Say it with me, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

In my youth you had three networks and one chance to see A Charlie Brown Christmas. Miss it and you were out of luck; there was certainly no DVR, let alone VHS! They were called “specials” for a reason. Am I starting to sound like a cantankerous old lady because I’m really not? I’m on Twitter and everything.

Let’s meander back to the subject at hand - Christmas telly. Despite the volume of shows out there intended to keep our spirits merry and bright (or perhaps because of that very fact) Americans might get nostalgic, but they don’t seem to get too excited about the Christmas TV schedules. In the UK, however, it’s a whole different animal – a tradition in and of itself.

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