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‘Grace’ starts on ITV on Sunday – preview the first film ‘Dead Simple’

The first two-hour film airs this weekend.

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ITV’s new drama ‘Grace’ starts tomorrow night on ITV with first film ‘Dead Simple’ airing at 8pm.

The series comes from acclaimed screenwriter and ‘Endeavour’ creator Russell Lewis who has adapted Peter James’ debut novel ‘Dead Simple’, which is part of the writer’s ‘Roy Grace’ series.

The series stars John Simm as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a hard-working police officer who has given his life to the job, and Richie Campbell as his partner DS Branson.

The synopsis for episode 1 is:

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When the unorthodox policing methods of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace are brought into question under cross examination in a local murder trial and a journalist gets hold of the story, it does nothing to improve his standing with his superiors who are concerned about the damage he has done to the reputation of the force. His superior, Assistant Chief Constable Alison Vosper, warns Grace that they can’t afford another stunt like this.

Grace is already carrying a heavy load. Plagued by the disappearance of his beloved wife Sandy, without a trace, six years ago on his 40th birthday and still searching for answers as to her whereabouts to this day, he seems to be more at home with the dead these days. 

Working in an office surrounded by unsolved cold cases which are gathering dust and only serve as a reminder of his own ghosts, Grace can’t seem to let go of the past despite his best efforts to try and move on.

When a local property developer whose company is enjoying a raft of recent successes goes missing on a stag night, Roy is approached by his old friend and colleague, Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson who is investigating the case. Something feels off about the whole thing and Branson comes to Grace for advice, determined to pull him from the gloom of his office and make use of his brilliant instincts. Grace joins Branson’s investigation to advise.

Together with colleagues Detective Constable Emma Jane Boutwood, Detective Constable Nick Nicholl and Detective Sergeant Bella Moy, Grace and Branson work to piece together the groom-to-be’s movements the night he disappeared. With the wedding only days away the clock is ticking. As Grace’s fierce instincts and dogged determination start to unravel the events of the fateful stag night, it becomes clear that there are those who know more than they are letting on and what initially seemed to be a simple missing persons enquiry, may now, in fact, be something far more sinister.

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‘Grace’ airs at 8pm Sunday on ITV. Preview it with our gallery below:


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