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Grace is a British television crime drama series, based in the English city of Brighton & Hove, that stars John Simm in the title role of DSU Roy Grace, a dogged detective who, haunted by the disappearance of his wife some years previously, uses his interests in the paranormal to help him solve cases.

The series, based on the bestselling novels by novelist Peter James, was brought to life by acclaimed screenwriter Russell Lewis, with a pair of films, comprising the novels Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead, filmed in 2020 for broadcast in 2021. Dead Simple, broadcast in March 2021, attracted an estimated 7.2m viewers, which made it the fifth-most-watched programme for the week of 8–14 March, according to BARB.

Following strong viewing figures for the opening episode, a second series of three films was then commissioned in 2021, for broadcast in 2022. A third series has subsequently been commissioned for 2023, with filming to begin in August 2022.


The first series was predominently filmed in Brighton and Hove; however, location filming also took place in Sussex, particularly around the border between East and West Sussex. The first episode, Dead Simple, was shifted forward in the schedules by a week, originally set to air on March 21. This was to avoid a clash with the launch of the sixth series of the BBC s Line of Duty. Subsequently, this led to the decision to postpone Looking Good Dead until a later date. Subsequently, when the first series aired in the United States, it meant that Looking Good Dead was available to stream for more than a year before its British broadcast.

In May 2021, Grace was commissioned for a second series. Filming began in September 2021 in the West Sussex town of Burgess Hill. The second series adapts the next three novels in the Grace series, Not Dead Enough, Dead Man s Footsteps and Dead Tomorrow. Broadcast of the second series commenced in the UK on 24 April 2022, with Looking Good Dead as the opening episode.

A third series was subsequently commissioned in May 2022, with the novels Dead Like You, Dead Man s Grip and Not Dead Yet set to be adapted. For this series, Russell Lewis will step down as showrunner and prinicipal writer, with former Whitechapel writers Ben Court & Caroline Ip to pen two episodes, and prolific screenwriter Ed Whitmore to pen the other. The series will also feature a new ACC, following the departure of Rakie Ayola at the end of series two.


  • John Simm as DSI Roy Grace
  • Richie Campbell as DS Glenn Branson
  • Rakie Ayola as ACC Alison Vosper (Series 1—2)
  • Craig Parkinson as DS Norman Potting
  • Laura Elphinstone as DS Bella Moy
  • Brad Morrison as DC Nick Nicholl
  • Omaka Amafor as DC Emma-Jayne Boutwood (Series 1)
  • Zoe Tapper as Cleo Moray (Series 2—)
  • Clare Calbraith as Sandy Grace (Series 2—)
  • Adrian Rawlins as Harry Frame (Series 1)


Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 2 14 March 2021 24 April 2022
2 3 1 May 2022 22 May 2022
3 3 2023 2023

Series 1 (2021)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date  U.K. viewers
1 Dead Simple John Alexander Russell Lewis 14 March 2021 7.27
A group of friends on a stag night are involved in a road accident and are killed except the groom, a wealthy Brighton property developer who has vanished. Detective Superintendent Grace is called upon by colleague Detective Sergeant Branson to help. The search and investigation uncover lines of inquiry which involve his bride and his best friend and business partner.
2 Looking Good Dead Julia Ford Russell Lewis 4 May 2021 (United States)
24 April 2022 (United Kingdom)
When parts of a young woman s body are discovered on the Downs, Grace believes the murder is connected to two prior killings involving sex-drug overdoses. Meanwhile, a local businessman stumbles upon a memory stick containing an access key to a dark-Web snuff site, where he witnesses the woman s murder, and the shadowy operators of the site warn him not to go to the police, or his family will suffer.

Series 2 (2022)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date  U.K. viewers
3 Not Dead Enough Brian Kelly Russell Lewis 1 May 2022 5.06
When businesswoman Katya Bishop is brutally murdered, all the evidence points to her businessman husband, Kit (Arthur Darvill), especially when his girlfriend is also found dead in a similar manner. The only problem being, Kit has a solid alibi for both murders – so how could he possibly be in two places at once? Meanwhile, Grace becomes friendly with new forensic pathologist, Cleo Moray (Zoe Tapper), but their relationship gets off to a bumpy start when she becomes the latest target of a hitman following every moment of Grace and his team. Could Kit Bishop be connected? And if so, will Grace manage to stop him before he commits any further crimes?
4 Dead Man s Footsteps Brian Kelly Russell Lewis 8 May 2022 5.12
The discovery of skeletal remains in a Brighton storm drain and a young girl being hunted by an armed hitman appear to be unconnected, until the two cases unexpectedly collide in the most unimaginable way. Meanwhile, a former colleague of Grace s from the MET, Cassian Pewe (James D Arcy) has been sent down to assist the team, and immediately sets about re-opening the investigation into the disappearance of Grace s wife. As the two come to loggerheads, it soon becomes a battle of wills as old enemies must unite to save Abby Morton (Katie Clarkson-Hill) and her elderly mother from those desperate to recover a sheet of priceless stamps.
5 Dead Tomorrow Kate Saxon Russell Lewis 22 May 2022 5.03
When an unidentified Jane Doe is dredged up from the seabed of the English channel, Grace and his team are led into the murky world of an organised crime group masterminded by fixer Julia Giroux (Joséphine de La Baume) and corrupt quack Roger Gunnislake (Stephen Boxer), who are harvesting the organs of illegal immigrants for private sale. The disappearance of a local fishing trawler used in the dredging proves to be a vital clue in cracking the case. Privately, things appear to be going well for Grace, until he receives a call from a former colleague who claims to have information that appears to suggest that Sandy may still be alive.

Series 3 (2023)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date  U.K. viewers
6 Dead Like You TBA Ben Court & Caroline Ip 2023 TBD
7 Dead Man s Grip TBA Ed Whitmore 2023 TBD
8 Not Dead Yet TBA Ben Court & Caroline Ip 2023 TBD

Year 2021
ReleaseDate 2022-04-27
Plot Drama following Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a hard-working police officer who has given his life to the job.
Stars John Simm, Rakie Ayola, Richie Campbell
Series Produced by Peter James,Russell Lewis,Andrew O’Connor,Paul Sandler,Patrick Schweitzer,Kiaran Murray-Smith,Maya Shickell,Nathalie Tanner,Michael Vine,Martin Campbell
Series Music by Matthew Slater
Series Cinematography by Luke Bryant,Dale Elena McCready,Stijn Van der Veken,Dirk Nel
Series Film Editing by Justin Krish,Melanie Viner-Cuneo,David Barrett,Anthony Combes,David Thrasher
Series Casting By Daniel Edwards
Series Production Design by Madelaine Leech
Series Art Direction by Charlotte Ball,Mike McLoughlin
Series Set Decoration by Anna Deamer
Series Costume Design by Jacky Levy
Series Makeup Department Alice Hollingum,Tanya Lodge,Jasmin Amber Coles,Hannah Kueck,Emily Porter,Aine Thomas,Rebecca Calver,Sophia Criscuolo,Jane McBennett,Paula Mann,Alice Mason
Series Production Management Nicki Gunning,Jessica Rundle,Krishan Thaker,Ingrid Litman,Christian Rigg,Rocio Lopez Costillas
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Harriet Crate,Andrew Foster,Paul Judges,Abi Jarvis,Tom Branch,James Emmott,Millie Farquhar,Rebecca Rose,Charlie Killick,Emmalouise Smith,Lydia Stansbury
Series Art Department Ida Fly Hedqvist,Kate Turner,Elliot Selfe,Nic Stubbings,Jason Wood,Charlie Marie Austin,Reuben Campbell-Wood,Lorna Gay Copp,Ana Castanedo Izquierdo,Andrew W.R. Simpson,Gavin Lines,Jay Proctor,Ian Zawadzki,Archie Cook,Andrew Huck,Rachel Garlick,Antonia McKenzie,Joanne Ridler,Elfyn Round,Matthew Swan,Jo Symmons,Peter Wolf
Series Sound Department Jim Goddard,Anna Wright,Stuart Hilliker,James Bowman,Jeremy Brown,Dean Covill,Thomas Dalton,Rory de Carteret,Sarah Elias,Benjamin Gandy,Ben Griffin,Garie Kan,Ian Wilkinson,Tom Deane,Billy Quinn,John Richards,Phil Stander,Tom Stewart,Andy Wade,Sam Biggs,James Gibb,Catherine Thomas,Chris Whiteside,Richard Jay,Richard Pilcher,Ben Goodall
Series Special Effects by John Schoonraad,Sam Trowsdale,Hollie Arbones,James Ethelston,Eddy Popplewell,Max Schoonraad
Series Visual Effects by Marcus Millichope,Simon Smalley
Series Stunts Abbi Collins,Derek Lea,Luke Aquilina,Joseph Francois,Grace Franzl,Mark Lockhart,Phil Campbell,Rob Bowen,Alexander Bracq,Billy Clements,Justin Pearson
Series Camera and Electrical Department Ben Starkin,Jack Hinton,Alan Andrade,Haydn Boniface,Jonathan Browning,James Burgess,Georgina Cook,Paul Emery,Dan Huntley,Hazel Johnson,Chris Kane,Robbie Mayo,Bailey Metson,Mark Morley,Will Murray Brown,Gary Rees,Rory Tonkin,Drew Wright,Craig Broughton,James Ian Gray,Sally Mais,Jake McClean Walker,Laurence Johnson,Trevor Murphy,Rinor Sopjani,James Sweeting,Aaron Paul Champion,Sarah Collins,Cade Conetta,Tom Dunne,John Ferguson,Max Fomin,Stuart King,Fabien Peulvast,David Rankin,Dylan Saville,Tim Warner,Ruth Woodside,Sammy Johnson,Gary Parnham,Monica Wyer
Series Casting Department Lucy Allen,Catherine Garlick,Tom Payne
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department Jacqui Miles,Laura Johnson,Becky Davies,India Millar,Constance Woods
Series Editorial Department Andrew Cave,Paul Staples,Jacob Beatty,Tristan Ofield,Toby Quickenden,Nauan Barros,Jeremy Crichton
Series Location Management Charlie Grout-Smith,Jonathon Lawrence,Peter-Frank Dewulf,Lex Wade,Ross Pierson,Steven Price Brown,Julian Bivol,Ian Heard
Series Music Department Laurence Ungless,Tom Pigott Smith,Laurence Anslow,Alex Ferguson,Paul Golding,Joe Lockstone,Gianluca Massimo
Series Script and Continuity Department Mia Sands,Jess O’Riordan,Maya Shickell,Caroline Elliston,Abi Jarvis,Stu Laurie
Series Transportation Department Dan Chester
Series Additional Crew Robin Green,Bella Kawan,Jay Parsons,Richard Mark Taylor,Beth Bayes,Polly Bowden,Rupert Charmak,Greg Schroeder,Jon Baker,Iris Dosen,Lewis McNulty,Will Nash,Felix Cole,Catherine Eade,Lily Alessandroni,Tom Branch,Ian Edwards,Paola Imbimbo,Rocio Lopez Costillas,Josh Lowe,Grace Tucker,Derek Fudge,Duncan Ladkin
Genres Crime, Drama, Mystery
Companies Second Act Productions, Tall Story Pictures, Vaudeville Productions
Countries UK
Languages English
ContentRating TV-14
ImDbRating 7.2
ImDbRatingVotes 4098
Keywords brighton england,police detective,widower,police,based on novel