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Grantchester Character Review: Will Davenport

*For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series GrantchesterRead at your own risk if you have not watched the show.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

When one beloved character is replaced by a new character, there is often a transition period for both the audience and the existing characters. On Grantchester, when Sidney Chambers (James Norton) left for America, he was replaced by Will Davenport (Tom Brittany). If Sidney rocked the boat only slightly, Will rocks the boat without question.

Will rides a motorcycle, listens to rock and roll and does not have the same demons from the war that Sidney does. He is modern in his sensibilities, which does not sit well with some of his superiors and the more traditional members of his parish.

Though he seems carefree, Will is not without problems of his own. Born into a wealthy family, his father Thomas (Nathaniel Parker) does not agree with his son’s choice of profession. Caught between his opinionated father and loving mother Amelia (Jemma Redgrave), Will must navigate complicated family politics.

To sum it up: It has been said that first impressions are lasting, but they don’t always reveal the truth about the person. Though Will appears to be the typical 1950’s rebel, he is eventually revealed to be much more than that. When his past and his issues are revealed, Will becomes a more complex and human character.

Which is why he is memorable to watch.

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Flashback Friday-Comedy Central Roast (2003-Present)

There is nothing like a loving roast from a friend.

The Comedy Central Roast series takes the concept of a loving roast from a friend and multiplies it times 100.

Airing annually on Comedy Central since 2003, somewhere between eight and ten friends/colleagues/family/random comedians are brought in to roast the subject of the evening. The jokes often border on dirty and/or inappropriate, leaving the audience and the attendees in stitches.

Warning: the content of this video contains language that maybe offensive to some viewers.

I personally love these roasts. They are gut-bustingly funny and honest in a way that only this program can be.

I absolutely recommend it.

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