ITV’s “Grace” Season Four Now Filming.
Season four of Grace, the critically acclaimed ITV1 detective drama starring John Simm as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and based on the novels of internationally acclaimed author Peter James, is currently in production.
Richie Campbell (Top Boy, Stephen), Zoë Tapper (Liar), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty), Laura Elphinstone (Chernobyl), DC Nick Nicholl (Brad Morrison, Dinosaur), and Sam Hoare (The Capture) all reprise their roles from the previous series in Grace, which is set in Brighton.
Robert Glenister (Sherwood, Hustle), a veteran of both television and the stage, will also appear in this series.
Quote from series star John Simm
“I’m so pleased to be back on set, filming series four of Grace. Four of Peter James’ Roy Grace novels are being adapted for this series and Grace fans will be pleased to know the stories are as dark as ever with lots of twists and turns.”
Commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, and Drama Commissioner, Huw Kennair Jones, the new series comprises four feature length films (4 x 120 mins) based on Peter James’s novels. Huw Kennair Jones will oversee production from ITV’s perspective.
What can we expect from the new stories
Dead Man’s Time is the title of the first installment in the new season. When thousands of pounds’ worth of priceless antiques go missing from a private residence in Brighton, Grace and Branson are drawn into the mysterious investigation. Grace uncovers a web of ancient grudges as he delves deeper into this mysterious crime, and this web leads him down a dark, murderous trail through the world of Brighton antiques as he races against time to figure out who is behind this robbery and give Gavin Daly the answers he has been desperately seeking for many years.
In the second episode, titled “Want You Dead,” Grace and Branson look into a case where things are not what they seem. Post mortems often raise more questions than they answer when a body is discovered in mysterious circumstances and no identification can be made. Grace is working to identify the body in the hopes that doing so will reveal crucial information about the killer’s motivation when a second body turns up in the centre of Brighton, also discovered under peculiar circumstances.
In the third episode, titled “You Are Dead,” Grace and Branson are thrust into what could be their most disturbing and high-profile case yet when workmen digging up a path in central Brighton unearth unsettling skeletal remains. Meanwhile, that same morning, a victim is abducted in broad daylight in a different part of the city. There are no leads and no witnesses, so Grace begins to wonder if the victim’s fiance is telling the truth..
Love You Dead is the last episode of the season. A convicted burglar from Brighton is found dead in his car under suspicious circumstances; his wife insists he had changed his ways, but there is reason to believe he was breaking and entering on the night he was killed. Roy receives a call from a contact in the US police about a crime overseas that has all the hallmarks of a mafia hit as Grace and the team narrow in on the circumstances leading to the victim’s death. The police are looking for a woman they think is from Brighton because she is in danger. It becomes clear that Roy isn’t the only one looking for this unknown woman as he scours the city in an attempt to locate her.
Writers for this series are Ed Whitmore for episode one, Ben Court and Caroline Ip for episode two, Tony Marchant for episode three and Jess Williams for episode four.
Brian Kelly will direct episode one, Billie Eltringham directs episode two and Kiaran Murray-Smith is also the series producer.
Season 3 has seen higher viewership numbers than previous seasons, with the premiere episode settling at 6.7 million viewers.
Who is making the series
Grace is a co-production between Tall Story Pictures, part of ITV Studios, and Vaudeville Productions. Executive producers are Patrick Schweitzer for Tall Story Pictures, and Andrew O’Connor and Paul Sandler for Vaudeville Productions, Kiaran Murray-Smith and Peter James. International distribution is handled by ITV Studios.
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