There’s good news and bad news for ‘Grantchester’ fans

ITV has finally made an announcement about the future of Grantchester.

Based on James Runcie’s novels, the period drama series is set in the 1950s in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester and was first broadcast in 2014.

A third season of Grantchester aired in early 2017, but fans have been waiting since then to hear if the show will return.

The Grantchester Mysteries author James Runcie previously revealed that the delay was down to the availability of star James Norton, who plays vicar Sidney Chambers.

Norton has been busy with a number of other high profile roles, including Happy Valley, McMafia and last year’s Flatliners remake.

There have also been rumours circulating that the actor could be the next James Bond, with Daniel Craig filming his final 007 adventure next year.

ITV has now confirmed that Grantchester definitely will be back for a fourth run!

However, the new episodes will see the departure of James Norton’s charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman early on in the season.

Returning cast members will include Robson Green as Detective Geordie Keating, alongside Al Weaver, Tessa Peake-Jones and Kacey Ainsworth.

Executive producer Rebecca Eaton commented: “It’s a bittersweet time for Grantchester fans, who will be cheering the return of the series but crushed to say goodbye to James.”

Executive producer Diederick Santer added: “I’m ecstatic that – with Masterpiece and ITV – we are returning to Grantchester with all our favourite characters.”

The new episodes will begin filming in London, Cambridge and Grantchester next month.

Season 3 is available now to buy on DVD.

The fourth season of Grantchester is expected to air on ITV in early 2019.