Daily Mail Online
17 Sep 2020
He made his name as detective Sam Tyler in Life On Mars.
And John Simm has returned to police dramas as he was seen on set of his new show Grace in Brighton on Wednesday.
The actor, 50, looked sharp in a black suit jacket and trousers that he teamed with a dark blue shirt and a tie that had a quirky print.
John takes on the lead role of detective Roy Grace, and was seen filming alongside fellow actor Richie Campbell who portrays his partner DS Glenn Branson.
The Doctor Who star and Richie filmed outside in the seaside town, and they adopted tense expressions as they went through the scene.
Richie also put on a dapper display in a dark blue plaid three piece suit, and he completed the outfit by wearing a white shirt and a striped tie.
Based on Peter James’ book franchise, Grace finds John’s character at rock bottom following the disappearance of his wife Sandy, a case he remains fixated on despite the way it impacts his career.
Now looking into cold cases that have been forgotten upon the advice of colleague Branson, he starts looking into a stag night prank gone wrong which led to the groom going missing.
Grace must figure out the mystery of the man’s disappearance with only three days until the wedding day.
Writer Russell Lewis, who has also worked on Morse and 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 best-selling magic to television is like all one’s Christmases and birthdays come at once.’
He added: ‘That John Simm will be breathing flesh to the bones of Roy Grace really is the cherry on a dark, and troublingly encrimsoned cake…’
While author Peter James was also delighted with John’s casting, as he claimed in a statement that John ‘actually looks like the Roy Grace of my imagination.’
He added: ‘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.’
A release date has yet to be announced for the programme, but it is set to air on ITV.