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Mrs C comes to Cathy’s aid as Grantchester concludes…

Mrs C comes to Cathy’s aid as Grantchester concludes…

Now that Cathy has finally told Geordie (Robson Green) about her nightmare at work, he’s desperate to march round and teach Hobbs a few lessons.

But Cathy is adamant she doesn’t want him to get involved. She even finds her own solution to the problem, in the unlikely form of Mrs C (Tessa Peake-Jones).

Nonetheless, Geordie is full of rage, and takes it out on a few Teddy boys who are misbehaving on a street corner.

Meanwhile, Will is on hand to help with a case involving Geordie’s daughter, and Leonard’s crisis deepens when he falls out with Daniel.

Even without the excellent James Norton on board, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more glorious Grantchester next year.

TV Times rating: *****

Grantchester. Shows Cathy

Cathy's having a nightmare at work...

Ahead of this week’s series finale, Kacey Ainsworth, 50, tells TV Times why this was a storyline she was proud to play…

Is Cathy worried about how Geordie will react?

She knows the outcome of telling him won’t be great, which is why she didn’t go straight to him in the first place – it’s her greatest fear that he’ll go in all guns blazing.

She also knows he’ll say, ‘Well, that’s what you get if you’re working,’ in line with those ridiculous attitudes.

Women often think they are to blame, but Cathy comes to realise that if you stay silent, there will be someone else who will suffer next.

How did you feel when you heard about this storyline?

I thought it was great. We looked at what was going on now with the #MeToo campaign, and how something like that would have been handled in the 1950s.

The great thing about Grantchester is that we shine a light on issues that are still current now. Look at how far we’ve come.

Although how far have we come?

I think it’s only very recently that people have started to understand the levels of manipulation when it comes to women in the workplace.

It’s particularly tough to watch, after seeing Cathy so happy to be in the working world…

Yes, women from that time period are always shown on TV as not working.

I was in a meeting with the Grantchester producers and we realised that all our grandmothers worked, so I’m not sure 1950s women have been represented properly on television.

After the war, women didn’t necessarily stay at home – many did have jobs, it’s just never really spoken about.

Do you think Geordie and Cathy have a strong marriage?

It wasn’t love at first sight. They grew together and it was only after his affair that he realised he didn’t want to carry on without Cathy.

Geordie’s line is that they ‘got lost in the nappies and the laundry’. It can happen to any couple in a long-term relationship.


Mandy Cooper
TV Times Highlights Editor

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.