John Simm will return to Brighton to film more episodes of Grace later this year!
The first feature-length film based on Peter James’ award winning Roy Grace novels premiered on ITV in March.
Dead Simple achieved consolidated ratings of 8.8m viewers and was a hit with UK viewers.
Adapted by Endeavour writer Russell Lewis, Grace stars Life on Mars actor John Simm as Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.
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ITV announced this week that three more 120-minute Grace films have been commissioned.
Endeavour creator Russell Lewis commented: “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.”
He added: “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!”
Season 2 will adapt another set of Peter James’ novels: Not Dead Enough, Dead Man’s Footsteps, and Dead Tomorrow.
ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill said: “We are delighted to be adapting more of Peter James’ wonderful novels. John Simm has brilliantly brought the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to screen and there are many more cases for the audiences to enjoy.”
Richie Campbell (Liar) and Rakie Ayola (Shetland) will return as DS Glenn Branson and ACC Vosper.
The second instalment of Grace‘s first season, Looking Good Dead, premiered exclusively on BritBox in the US this week, and will be shown on ITV in the UK soon.
2021 is set to be a busy year for writer Russell Lewis, with a new season of Endeavour currently filming in Oxford.
Season 8 of the Inspector Morse prequel series will air in the UK on ITV and in the US on PBS this autumn.
The second season of Grace is expected to premiere on BritBox and ITV in 2022.