ITV has announced that filming on anticipated new crime drama Grace starring John Simm has begun.
The series has been adapted from two of international bestselling author Peter James' award-winning novels by acclaimed Endeavour creator Russell Lewis.
Simm will star as tenacious Brighton based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a hard-working police officer who has dedicated his life to the job.
Here's what else we know so far...
What is Grace about?
The first in the series, Dead Simple, will open with Grace running enquiries into long forgotten cold cases with little or no prospect of success.
ITV's synopsis reads: "Grace is fixated by the disappearance of his beloved wife, Sandy, which haunts his thoughts. His unorthodox police methods have come under scrutiny once again and Grace is walking a career tightrope and risks being moved from the job he loves most.
— ITV Press Centre (@itvpresscentre) September 14, 2020
"With so much at stake, his colleague Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson knows he has more to give and asks him for help with a case.
"When a stag night prank appears to go wrong and the groom goes missing, Branson calls upon Grace to unravel events that led to the mysterious disappearance three days before his wedding to his beautiful fiancé. With nothing but instinct, a lingering suspicion and his obsessive nature, Grace doggedly pursues the groom’s disappearance and becomes uneasily close to the bride to be…"
Russell Lewis said in a statement: "I'm thrilled and honoured to be involved in bringing Peter James' brilliantly gripping series of Roy Grace novels to ITV.
"Each story is a fantastic, hair-raising, twisting, switch-back of a roller-coaster ride that grips the reader from first to last, and the opportunity to translate that best-selling magic to television is like all one’s Christmases and birthdays come at once.
"As his millions of fans and admirers are well aware, Peter's meticulous research and eye for detail is the stuff of legend. His long established, close relationship with the police, taken together with a knowledge of Brighton and the South Coast that is the sole preserve of the born and bred lends his stories an unimpeachable veracity of place and procedure. That John Simm will be breathing flesh to the bones of Roy Grace really is the cherry on a dark, and troublingly encrimsoned cake…”
John Simm takes the lead as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, and joining Simm is Liar's Richie Campbell, who takes the role of DS Glenn Branson, and Noughts + Crosses star Rakie Ayola as ACC Vosper.
Line of Duty's Laura Elphinstone is DS Bella Moy, The Split's Amaka Okaforplays DC Emma Jane Boutwood, and Brad Morrison takes the role of DC Nicholl.
Rebecca Scrogs plays Branson’s wife Ari, Alexander Cobb plays Kevin Spinella and they are also joined by Chernobyl's Adrian Rawlings, Sex Education's Natasha Joseph, Tom Weston-Jones, Bodyguard's Matt Stokoe, Save Me's Alisha Bailey, and White Lines' Maggie O'Neill.
When will Grace air?
There is no air date as yet as filming has just begun in Brighton. It's likely to air at the start of 2021.
Grace will launch on ITV.
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