Friday 21 July | 5pm
The Old Swan Hotel | Harrogate

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James was born in 1959, educated at Marlborough College, Cambridge University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He was a founder member of The Late Show, and made documentary films for the BBC for fifteen years. He then went freelance to make programmes for Channel 4 and ITV. He was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival from 2010-2013, and Head of Literature at the Southbank Centre in London from 2013-2015.

The six-part ITV series Grantchester is based on The Grantchester Mysteries, a sequence of novels Runcie began to write five years ago. He told the Guardian “I didn’t intend them to be a fictionalised, alternative biography of my father – and I still hope they aren’t – but one cannot easily escape a strong paternal influence.” In the drama series, Robson Green plays the role of policeman and family man Geordie, an overworked Detective Inspector whose methods of fighting crime are a little rough around the edges.

Joining James Runcie will be one of the stars of Grantchester, Robson Green who plays Geordie Keating. Robson has been an actor for the last 30 years and has starred in a great many TV dramas including Strike Back, Wire in the Blood ( based on the Val McDermid Novels)  and Touching Evil to name but a few. Robson is also a presenter on his very successful show Extreme Fishing with Robson Green and Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing Challenge. Born in Dudley, Northumberland, after an apprenticeship at Swan Hunters, Robson  knew very early on that acting was for him, he went to the Backworth drama group and was encouraged by Max Roberts to pursue acting as his career. Robson also had chart success with his acting friend Jerome Flynn when the topped the charts in 1990’s.

Outside of the Grantchester Xmas special which aired in December 2016 Robson will be seen in the third season of Grantchester which is due out this year, as well as presenting a new series for ITV called Tales from the Coast and a new Fishing series for the Travel Channel called Robson Green’s Grand Slam.

* Robson Green’s appearance will be subject to filming commitments.

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