When will Grantchester series 9 air in the UK? Who is replacing Will Davenport? All the details

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17 Jun 2024, 13:24

Robson Green and Tom Brittney in Grantchester

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With Grantchester series 8 truly over, it’s time to see what’s next for Geordie Keating and the team in the ITV drama. 

Robson Green will be back at the helm of the cosy crime series, but it’s not been plain sailing for Keating or his friend and sleuthing sidekick Rev. Will Davenport (Tom Brittney), whose series eight storyline kicked off with a terrifying motorcycle accident which killed another man. 

After struggling to deal with his grief and guilt, Will seemed to have reached rock bottom, before starting his new family with wife Bonnie (Charlotte Ritchie). 



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Now all eyes are on series nine of Grantchester, but will we ever see Will Davenport again, and when is the series back on screens in the UK? Here’s everything you need to know. 

What will Grantchester series 9 be about? 

Now that Will is a dad, it seems he will have to make a serious decision, and one that will be an emotional choice not just for him, but also for the Cambridgeshire village. 

But when one door closes, another one opens as the series details... 

The official Grantchester series 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 (Rishi Nair) 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.”

Who is replacing Will Davenport in Grantchester series 9?

Yes, as detailed above, Keating will once again be working with a vicar, with Alphy Kotteram helping to solve more criminal cases. 

Alphy will be played by Hollyoaks and Count Abdulla star Rishi Nair, who previously said he was “thrilled” to be joining the long running series. 

The actor shared in a statement in July 2023: “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.”

Who is in the cast of Grantchester series 9? 

Robson and Rishi will be in good company for Grantchester’s ninth outing, with Charlotte Ritchie making a return as Bonnie, Al Weaver as Leonard Finch and Tessa Peake-Jones as Mrs C. 

Kacey Ainsworth also makes a comeback as Cathy Keating, alongside Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe, Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman, Bradley Hall as DC Larry Peters and Melissa Johns as Miss Scott.

Why is Will Davenport leaving? 

Rev Davenport will receive a “life-changing offer” right at the start of series 9, and for actor Tom, it seems he felt ready to let someone else take over the reins. 

Of his departure, Tom shared in 2023: “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.”

When is Grantchester series 9 airing in the UK? 

Sadly for us in the UK, it seems we’ve still got a little while to go before we see Geordie back again. 

At the time of writing, ITV have not yet confirmed when Grantchester season nine will be released, but it is expected to land in 2025. However, across the pond, fans have already enjoyed the very first episode. 

Grantchester started back up again on American network PBS yesterday (16th June) and will continue to air each week until 4th August. 

Keep your eyes on virginradio.co.uk for all the Grantchester updates!