Filming has started on ITV drama series “Grace”, an adaptation of Peter James' novels starring John Simm as tenacious detective Roy Grace.
Screenwriter and “Endeavour creator” Russell Lewis has adapted two of the Pan Mac-published Brighton-based thrillers, Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead, into two-hour screenplays.
Co-produced by Second Act Productions, Tall Story Pictures and Vaudeville Productions, the cast also features Richie Campbell, who takes the role of DS Glenn Branson, and Rakie Ayola as ACC Vosper.
Lewis said: “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 bestselling 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…”
James added: “John Simm, who actually looks like the Roy Grace of my imagination, is inspired casting! With John in the lead, the brilliant scripting by Russell Lewis, and our wonderful production team, I’m confident that fans of my novels and of TV crime dramas in general will be in for a treat.”