Owen Tonks for Mailonline
20 October 2021
John Simm was spotted on the set of police drama Grace in Brighton on Monday as he filmed new scenes for the show.
The actor, 51, stars as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in the ITV programme which first aired in March this year.
The former Life On Mars star seemed in high spirits as he laughed and joked with the crew.
Born to entertain: John Simm looked in high spirits as he larked around filming season two of ITV police drama Grace in Brighton on Monday
John wore a smart charcoal grey suit on set, adding a splash of colour to his get-up with a cerulean blue tie.
The star wore a crisp white shirt and completed his look with a black leather belt which matched his smartly polished shoes.
John could be seen chatting with the crew as he stood near a police car on a piece of wasteland which had been made to look like a crime scene.
Suited and booted: John, 51, was spotted looking dapper in a charcoal suit, adding a splash of colour to his get-up with a cerulean blue tie. Photo: Boardman/Mega
Bosses at ITV confirmed the return of Grace for a second series last month.
John said in a statement at the time: ‘Everyone involved with Grace is very excited to be back in Brighton bringing the next three Peter James novels to the screen.
Like the first two, they’ve been brilliantly adapted by Russell Lewis and we can’t wait to get started.’
The second series will be based on Peter James’ novels Not Dead Enough, Dead Man’s Footsteps and Dead Tomorrow.
Putting on an act: John stood near a police car on a piece of wasteland in the south coast city of Brighton which was made to look like a crime scene. Photo: Boardman/Mega
The new season will see Detective Grace investigate the discovery of a woman’s skeletal remains in an old storm drain.
She was believed to be the wife of a former Brighton conman who died a few years earlier in a plane crash.
ITV’s synopsis reads: ‘In Dead Man’s Footsteps, Grace leads the inquiry into the discovery of a woman’s skeletal remains in an old storm drain, believed to be the wife of a failed Brighton conman, who died several years prior in a plane crash.
‘Grace must re-trace the man’s steps in the years before his death, which leads him on a murky trail through the world of Brighton’s oldest crime families but it’s not only on the professional front that Roy is chasing ghosts.
‘When in Dead Tomorrow a body is dredged up from the seabed of the English Channel it initially appears a burial at sea gone wrong, but a strange incision on the victim soon points to something very sinister.
‘When two more bodies are found, news spreads like wildfire through Sussex and Grace begins to unearth that this is part of an altogether more chilling design, one which forces him to confront the question of just how far anyone would go to save the ones they love.’
Alongside John, Richie Campbell and Rakie Ayola will reprise their roles as DS Glenn Branson and ACC Vosper.
A release date for the new series is yet to be announced, but it is set to air on ITV.
Comeback: Grace, based on Peter James’ novels about Brighton detective Roy Grace, is returning to ITV for a second series (John pictured right, with Richie Campbell as DS Branson). Photo: ITV