Popular ITV drama delayed by a YEAR in whopping schedule shake-up | The Sun

A POPULAR ITV drama has been delayed by a YEAR in a huge scheduling shake-up.

The broadcaster has made changes to its initial schedule in a move that will disappoint fans.

It means Grantchester won't be back on screens this year as planned, TV Zone reports.

Fans will have to wait until 2024 to see the eight series of the detective drama.

The show stars James Norton, Tom Brittney, Al Weaver and Tessa Peake-Jones.

Meanwhile, Tom, 32, who plays much-loved Reverend Will Davenport, will exit after the ninth series.

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Tom initially replaced James Norton in series four of the drama back in 2019.

Broadcaster ITV revealed he is quitting to "focus on new projects" as the star insisted it is time for "the baton to be passed."

Tom said: "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."

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He confirmed actor Rishi Nair would be joining the cast to play the new role of Vicar Alphy Kotteram.

Tom added of the hit ITV crime series: "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."

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