ITV plans ‘glorious’ series based on Archbishop of Canterbury’s son’s novel

ITV is to make a new six-part drama about a vicar-turned-detective based on a novel by the son of a former archbishop of Canterbury.

Grantchester is based on the book Sidney Chambers And The Shadow Of Death by James Runcie, whose late father Robert (pictured) was archbishop in the 1980s.

James, who is head of literature at London’s Southbank Centre, has written a string of novels and made arts documentaries for the BBC.

Filming on the show, about clergyman Sidney Chambers who investigates the suspicious death of one of his parishioners in 1950s Cambridgeshire, starts next year with a script by former EastEnders writer Daisy Coulam.

Executive producer Diederick Santer said: “Sidney is a charming, but complex character, a man of faith burdened by his past despite a distinguished wartime record. He’s funny, dashing and inquisitive.

“He loves being a parish priest in the exquisite village of Grantchester, but somehow it’s not enough and he still finds time to fall in and out of love and solve crimes.

“James Runcie has created this brilliant character and this glorious world, which Daisy Coulam is now bringing to the screen in her wonderful and lavish scripts, and I can’t wait for ITV’s audience to get to know him too.”