Fate of Grantchester confirmed by ITV following James Norton's exit

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

James Norton may have left the series, but it looks like ITV's Grantchester is still as popular as ever – and it's not going anywhere just yet.

Deadline has confirmed that ITV and PBS Masterpiece have renewed the series for a fifth season with stars Robson Green and Tom Brittney returning to the village for more detective drama.

The fifth season will reportedly pick up with Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Green) and vicar Will Davenport (Brittney) in Cambridgeshire in 1957, one year on from the end of season four.

While Prime Minister Harold MacMillan has declared that the British people have "never had it so good" and the residents of Grantchester are all enjoying life in booming Britain, Geordie knows that trouble is never far away (and we're sure it will find him, too).

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Related: Robson Green almost quit ITV's Grantchester along with James Norton

Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, executive producer of production company Kudos, also confirmed the renewal news in a statement, saying: "We are very excited that Grantchester is returning for a fifth series.

"The audience has taken the pairing of Robson Green and Tom Brittney to their hearts and we are delighted to be able to continue the story of Geordie and Will with Masterpiece and ITV."

Brittney joined the cast as the village's new vicar midway through season four, after James Norton's Sidney Chambers bowed out with his American love Violet.

Norton had starred in the series since it launched in 2014 and previously told Digital Spy that while it was the right decision for him to leave, it was also "not an easy one" for him to make.

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"With acting, you can't become complacent," the star said. "You've got to keep moving forward. For me, the priority is always to find a role which is new and unfamiliar and challenging, so that was the problem with staying on Grantchester.

"It was a world I had come to know, and inevitably you begin to learn less, so whilst it was the happiest time I've ever had on any set, I realised that it was probably going to lead to being less challenged [going forward]."

Production on the fifth season of Grantchester will begin later this year, with more casting news and an air date to follow.

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