Grantchester: Tom Brittney announces departure with new Vicar set to join series 9

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12 Jul 2023, 13:05

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Grantchester star Tom Brittney has confirmed series nine will be his last. 

Tom, who has played beloved character Reverend Will Davenport since 2019, is stepping back from his role to focus on new projects, but when one door closes, another one opens…

For the incoming series, the village will welcome Hollyoaks and Count Abdulla star Rishi Nair as the charismatic vicar, Alphy Kotteram.

Of his departure, Tom shared: “I’ve had the most incredible time playing Will Davenport for the last five years. I got to solve crimes with my best friend, and work with the best cast and crew I could ever ask for. I’ll miss it more than anything. But it’s time for the baton to be passed, as it once was to me, and I’m so excited for Rishi to join the Grantchester family.”

Meanwhile, Rishi added: “I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining Grantchester. The welcome and support I’ve received from everyone has been overwhelming. The success of the show and the reason we are here for a ninth season is a testament to all the people that have previously worked on it. I'm really excited to get started and cannot wait for the Grantchester fans to meet Alphy and to see all that's in store for him.”

Robson Green, who stars as Inspector Geordie Keating, will be back for the ninth season, alongside Charlotte Ritchie as Bonnie, Al Weaver as Leonard Finch, Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs C, Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating, Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe, Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman, Bradley Hall as DC Larry Peters and Melissa Johns as Miss Scott.

Chatting about Tom leaving Grantchester for good, presenter and actor Robson said: “I feel so blessed to be embarking once again on this thrilling journey with the beloved series, Grantchester. The anticipation is palpable however, amid the exhilaration, a tinge of sadness lingers for all of us as we are bidding farewell to my close friend and remarkable actor Tom Brittney, whose portrayal of the charismatic Will Davenport will be sorely missed. 

“Yet, we are all delighted in welcoming the incredibly talented Rishi Nair to the Grantchester family! With his exceptional skills and magnetic presence, I have no doubt that Rishi will be captivating the hearts of millions not only in the UK but also across the globe.”

Any huge Tom fans shouldn't worry though as they still have time to see the star as Rev Davenport in series eight of Grantchester, which is currently airing in the US on the PBS network. Unfortunately though, here in the UK it seems we’ll have to wait a little bit longer, as the release date has yet to be announced. 

For series nine though, the official synopsis suggests Will and Geordie are on great terms, until the Reverend is given a “life-changing offer.”

The ITV synopsis reads: “As Geordie struggles with personal loss and ever-growing family conflict between Cathy and teenage daughter, Esme he has no one to turn to. But when he arrests an intruder breaking into the Vicarage, he may find his days of working with a Vicar are not over.

“Reverend Alphy Kotteram has an instinctive distrust for authority and absolutely no desire to get involved in murder investigations. But Alphy and Geordie will discover they have a lot more in common than they first think, and Alphy will find that in Grantchester, murder is never far away.

“From deadly circuses, abandoned babies, and hostile historians to vanishing valets and murderous satirists. Together, Geordie and Alphy witness first-hand how religion can be corrupted, but also how faith, love and friendship can offer hope – and renewal.”

Grantchester is expected to return to ITV and ITVX soon.