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Heartthrob James Norton was spotted learning his lines at the last minute as he returned to Cambridge to film the second series of ITV’s crime drama, Grantchester.

The 30-year-old was back in his vicar’s dog collar as he filmed scenes in historic King’s Parade in the city centre.

Norton, who plays vicar Sidney Chambers, was seen practising his lines and also checking his mobile phone in between takes for the series, which premiered exactly a year ago. The actor filmed many of his scenes for Grantchester in the city earlier last month, including one where he stripped off and swam in a river in scenes reminiscent of Mr Darcy’s famous lake scene in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice.

On that occasion he was joined by fellow actor Robson Green, who plays Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, and the two of them took off their clothes and jumped in the water. This time the streets of Cambridge were given a 1950’s makeover as Norton put the finishing touches on scenes for the second series, which has again been written by Daisy Coulam.

It has been a busy year for James, who played Lord Chatterley in the BBC’s raunchy adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover last month and is set to star in a new BBC adaptation of War and Peace later this year. The second series of Grantchester is based on Runcie’s book, Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night.

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