Figuring out we’ll quickly see Tom Brittney leaving Grantchester has made season 9 extremely bittersweet because it’s been confirmed that that is his final outing as Reverend Will Davenport.
Hit crime drama Grantchester has seen a good few vicars come and go as firstly Reverend Sidney Chambers after which Reverend Will Davenport have put their investigative prowess to the take a look at. Pairing up with native DI Geordie Keating, each have made a big impact throughout their time on the James Runcie adaptation. While followers may need made peace with Sidney’s departure in season 4, they’ll need to bid a fond farewell to Will. It’s now been introduced that Tom Brittney is leaving Grantchester after season 9. His alternative because the parish vicar has been introduced as Rishi Nair as Grantchester season 8 continues weekly within the US.
However why is Tom Brittney leaving Grantchester as Will Davenport and the place have you ever seen his alternative Rishi Nair earlier than? We reveal all you could know…
Why is Tom Brittney leaving Grantchester as Will Davenport?
Dropping a beloved primary character from a preferred long-running sequence isn’t straightforward. Similar to after we learnt Douglas Henshall was leaving after Shetland season 7, the affirmation that Tom Brittney will likely be leaving his followers and his flock in Grantchester can have been met with disappointment. Fortunately, there’s nonetheless yet one more season earlier than his exit and in keeping with RadioTimes.com, Tom described his transfer as being motivated by it simply being the suitable “time”.
Reflecting upon his expertise on Grantchester, Tom declared, “I’ve had essentially the most unimaginable time taking part in Will Davenport for the final 5 years. I received to unravel crimes with my greatest pal, and work with the very best solid and crew I might ever ask for.”
“I’ll miss it greater than something,” he added, earlier than explaining, “However it’s time for the baton to be handed, because it as soon as was to me, and I’m so excited for Rishi to hitch the Grantchester household.”
In the meantime, ITV which airs Grantchester within the UK additionally disclosed that Tom will likely be leaving as Will Davenport to “give attention to new initiatives”. After amassing followers the world over together with his portrayal of the vicar for therefore lengthy, it appears Tom Brittney is leaving Grantchester as he simply felt the time had come to let another person take pleasure in being a part of this superb present while he explores different thrilling performing alternatives.
And while followers will little doubt want him luck, his departure can even be met with disappointment as we anticipate watching him say goodbye to his buddies and parishioners and, after all, to his pal, uncle-in-law and crime-solving associate, Geordie.
When is Will Davenport’s ultimate Grantchester episode?
It’s not recognized precisely which episode will likely be Reverend Davenport’s final as followers put together for season 9 figuring out it should imply seeing Tom Brittney leaving Grantchester. Nonetheless, we now know it should come sooner or later in Grantchester season 9 and a behind-the-scenes photograph posted displaying new solid member Rishi Nair with Robson Inexperienced seemingly at a desk studying means that this will likely be his introductory season. There might probably be some overlap between Will and Alphy’s instances on the present as viewers meet the brand new vicar and develop accustomed to him earlier than the emotional upheaval of claiming goodbye to Will.
It’s additionally all the time pretty for the departing primary character to work together with – and provides their blessing to – the brand new primary character on a long-running present, even briefly, like when Kris Marshall left Loss of life in Paradise. A synopsis for Grantchester season 9 has given away a couple of particulars about how Will’s exit storyline would possibly go, although, and it couldn’t be extra totally different to the explanation the earlier vicar, Sidney, left.
“It’s 1961 and life is sweet for Will and Geordie. The households are all the time collectively, from Sunday lunches to planning summer season holidays and with honorary Grandparents Mrs C and Jack, and adopted uncles Daniel and Leonard, it’s one massive completely happy household! However when Will is approached with a life altering provide, can he depart Grantchester, and Geordie behind?”
Provided that we all know Tom Brittney is leaving Grantchester it looks as if the reply could possibly be “sure”, though this could possibly be a purple herring and his exit might find yourself being solely unrelated. Whether or not or not Will’s spouse Bonnie, stepson Ernie and their as-of-season-8-unborn child will be part of him stays to be seen.
The place have you ever seen Rishi Nair earlier than his position as the brand new Grantchester vicar?
While it took a number of months earlier than Douglas Henshall’s alternative within the Shetland season 8 solid was introduced as Ashley Jenson, it’s already been confirmed that Rishi Nair could be becoming a member of the solid of Grantchester as the brand new parish vicar. For many who is likely to be questioning the place they’ve seen Rishi earlier than, he starred in UK cleaning soap opera Hollyoaks as Sami Maalik from 2017-2021. Rishi has additionally been in Depend Abdulla and in episodes of New Methods, Whitstable Pearl and Treason.
Revealing his pleasure on the prospect of becoming a member of Grantchester as Alphy, Rishi stated, “I am completely thrilled to be becoming a member of Grantchester. The welcome and assist I’ve obtained from everybody has been overwhelming.”
“The success of the present and the explanation we’re right here for a ninth season is a testomony to all of the people who have beforehand labored on it,” he continued. “I am actually excited to get began and can’t watch for the Grantchester followers to fulfill Alphy and to see all that is in retailer for him.”
The synopsis for season 9 has additionally teased that Alphy and Geordie may not see eye-to-eye at first however will quickly type a bond with one another.
“Reverend Alphy Kotteram has an instinctive mistrust for authority and completely no want to get entangled in homicide investigations. However Alphy and Geordie will uncover they’ve much more in widespread than they first assume, and Alphy will discover that in Grantchester, homicide isn’t distant,” it stated.
“From lethal circuses, deserted infants, and hostile historians to vanishing valets and murderous satirists,” the synopsis added. “Collectively, Geordie and Alphy witness first-hand how faith might be corrupted, but in addition how religion, love and friendship can provide hope – and renewal.”
We would have to attend for some time longer earlier than seeing Alphy and Geordie’s first assembly however it should definitely be thrilling to welcome a brand new member of the Grantchester solid.
Grantchester season 8 is at present airing on PBS within the US with a UK air date set to be introduced.