John Simm’s Grace returns to ITV

GraceITV has greenlit a second series of Brighton-set crime drama Grace starring John Simm as the eponymous DI. 

Series 2 will comprise three feature-length episodes: Not Dead Enough, Dead Man’s Footsteps and Dead Tomorrow. Russell Lewis adapts Peter James’ novels; the series is produced by Second Act Productions, Tall Story Pictures and Vaudeville Productions. 

Alongside Simm as DI Roy Grace, Richie Campbell plays DS Glenn Branson and Rakie Ayola is ACC Vosper. The first Grace film, Dead Simple, aired on ITV last month and won consolidated ratings of nearly 9m viewers. 

Writer Lewis said: “After the overwhelmingly positive audience response to the seaside noir of Dead Simple, (tabloid trauma tales notwithstanding!) and Looking Good Dead cued up ready to go, all at Team Roy Grace are delighted to have been given the opportunity by ITV to return to Brighton (& Hove, actually!) to continue Roy's story with a new series of films based on Peter James best-selling novels.

“We’ll be shooting out of our Brighton HQ and all along and around the South Coast from late summer through to very late autumn, so it’s quite possible that like some macabre Radio Fab Roadshow, our caravanserai of coroner’s van, SOCO unit, Mobile Incident Room may well be coming to a street near you!  As the late, great Shaw Taylor used to ask viewers on Police 5... ‘Keep ‘em peeled!’”

The executive producers are Andrew O’Connor and Paul Sandler for Second Act Productions, Patrick Schweitzer for Tall Story Pictures, Michael Vine for Vaudeville Productions, Russell Lewis and Peter James. 


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