ITV’s detective drama Grace, starring John Simm, is set to return for a second season soon.
The drama was created by Peter James and written by Russell Lewis. Here’s what we know about the show’s origins.
Is ITV’s Grace based on a book?
The ITV series Grace is based on a book, but the novel has a different name.
In fact, the show that nearly derailed is from the debut novel in the award-winning Roy Grace series, written by Peter James and called Dead Simple.
The book was published in 2005 and the synopsis reads, “It was meant to be a harmless bachelor party prank. A few hours later, four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison is gone.
“Just three days before the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace — a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife — is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancé, Ashley Harper.”
How does Grace compare to John Simm’s Dead Simple?
Actor John Simm plays Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in the screenplay adaptation of the book.
Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “It’s a delicate balancing act because they are two different things: a novel is not a TV show and a TV show is not a novel.
“While we’re trying to stay true to the source material, it’s a TV show and so fans of the novel will… some of them be upset because they won’t be the characters they had in their minds.
“But we as actors can’t do anything about it, we just have to serve the script and what’s in front of us.”
He added, “I really can’t worry if people who are into the novels aren’t going to like it.”
The show’s cast includes Top Boy’s Richie Campbell, who plays Grace’s co-worker and best friend.
When is Grace on TV?
ITV has announced the detective drama will air in April 2022.
An official date has not yet been released, so fans will need to stay alert for an update.
You can catch up on Grace a’s first season on the ITV Hub.
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