The brand new detective drama Grace started this weekend on ITV1 with John Simm as the title character – but will Grace be back?
The first film, titled Dead Simple, aired at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening (March 14, 2021) on ITV1 and took over the McDonald & Dodds slot.
Has ITV made any other Grace films?
Here is everything you need to know!
*** Warning: Possible spoilers from the first Grace episode ***
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Will Grace be back?
John Simm and the team will be returning to ITV1 in the near future.
ITV has already made a second film, but a broadcast date has not yet been set.
The feature film Looking Good Dead is adapted from the novel of the same name by Peter James.
It is his second book in the series.
What is the second film, Looking Good Dead, about?
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is investigating when the body of a young woman is found butchered in Brighton.
He can’t help but think about his own missing wife and her unsolved fate.
When Tom Bryce finds a disk on a train elsewhere in town, he’s just trying to do the right thing – return it to its owner.
But this attempted act of kindness makes him the sole witness to the same vicious murder.
When the killers learn that Tom has made a statement to the police, they have to act.
But if they plan to kill the Bryce family, it’s not just revenge, it’s entertainment.
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Is Grace based on a book?
The ITV1 films are adapted from Peter James’ books.
Author Peter James created the persistent detective and has published many novels following his fictional investigations.
Acclaimed screenwriter and Endeavor creator Russell Lewis adapted the bestselling books.
Dead Simple is Peter James’ debut novel from the award-winning series.
How many books are there?
Peter James has written 17 Roy Grace books so far – and all of them have the word “dead” in their titles.
The author is famous for his fast-paced and gripping stories that bring ordinary people into extraordinary situations.
His DS Roy Grace books have been translated into 37 languages with sales of over 21 million copies worldwide.
His last novel by Roy Grace, Find Them Dead, spent seven weeks at number one in 2020.
The next installment, Left You Dead, is slated for May 2021.
Roy Grace books in the order of their publication
First, Dead Simple was released in 2005, followed by Looking Good Dead in 2006, Not Dead Enough in 2007, and Dead Man’s Footsteps in 2008.
It will be followed by Dead Tomorrow in 2009.
Dead Like You (2010)
Dead Man’s Grip (2011)
Not Dead Yet (2012)
The Time of the Dead (2013)
Wanna be dead (2014)
You’re dead (2015)
I love you dead (2016)
Need You Dead (2017)
Dead If You Don’t (2018)
Dead at first sight (2019)
Find her dead (2020)
Finally, Peter James’ Left You Dead is slated for May 2021.
Grace Movie One: Dead Simple – What Happened?
Writer Russell Lewis describes the first film as “the story that opens the eyelashes”.
He says, “It’s a seemingly straightforward missing person investigation that turns into an area flooded with nightmare fuel.
“Peter is taking his readers on an exhilarating ride, and hopefully we’ve managed to capture some of that runaway roller coaster feeling.”
The first features Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, played by John Simm.
He is a hard working cop who has dedicated his life to the job.
He doesn’t play things according to the book and isn’t afraid of pushing boundaries – something that often gets him into trouble.
Roy is struck by the disappearance of his wife Sandy when Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson asks him for help with a case …
A successful developer with everything he can live for will be missed in his bachelorette party.
But it’s much more than a prank that went wrong as we soon find out that those closest to him planned to murder him.
Richie Campbell takes on the role of DS Glenn Branson, while Rakie Ayola portrays ACC Vosper.
Where is the drama filmed?
Grace was filmed on location in Brighton.
The cast and crew filmed entirely in and around the coastal town of East Sussex in late summer and early fall 2020.
As screenwriter Russell Lewis told us, “What attracted me to Peter James’ noir by the sea was its darkness and the cool, unsentimental realism of his meticulously researched police process.”
If you missed the first Grace film, Dead Simple, it is currently available to watch on the ITV Hub. The second film, Looking Good Dead, will air on ITV1 later that year.
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