It's odd that I did, and even more odd that my liking has increased as season's episodes roll on PBS. Grantchester is a quiet show, with a fairly superficial treatment of people's moral dilemmas and personal stumbling blocks to being good, the individual's obligation to strive, life-long, to become a better person, as part of, and within a social community. I even think of its softly delivered lessons during the week. It's the sheer generosity of spirit that infuses this series, so different from just about anything else in current entertainments, that has grabbed me, I suppose.
|Our attractive vicar, Sydney Chambers, and Dickens.|
|Like everyone else in this episode, Detective Geordie Keating learns lessons in Gross Indecency and Judge Not . . . .|
To the sorrow of so many, the harm of such phobias remain in their lives, even after lessons are learned. What happened in this episode, it is clear, has permanently affected the lives of at least three men, a woman and two children.
The episode also depicts the casual sexism that is so common among almost all men that it continues even now. Did the episode connect homophobia, xernophobia and sexism? If it did, it so merely by presence, not by preaching.
Next thing you all will hear is that I've joined an Episcopal congregation, the closest thing here to Church of England.
OTOH, if I was seeing it back-to-back instead of one episode a week, it might not be so appealing?