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Is Grace based on a book?

ITV IS getting ready to release it’s brand new drama Grace starring John Simm.

But some viewers might wonder where they have heard the story before.

'sJohn Simm stars in ITV Grace


‘sJohn Simm stars in ITV GraceCredit: ITV

Is ITV’s Grace based on a book?

The ITV series Grace is based on a book, but the novel has a different name.

In fact the show comes from the debut novel from the award-winning Roy Grace series, written by Peter James and is called Dead Simple.

The book was released in 2005 and the synopsis reads: “It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared.

“With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper.”

The show is based on Peter James' novel Dead Simple


The show is based on Peter James’ novel Dead Simple

How does Grace compare to John Simm’s Dead Simple?

Actor John Simm has revealed how some viewers of ITV’s Grace might be “up in arms” over some of the scenes.

He plays Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in the TV adaptation by screenwriter and Endeavour creator Russell Lewis.

Fans of the Peter James book Dead Simple will no doubt compare the drama to the actual novel.

But while the cast and crew have attempted to stay true to the novel, John revealed that it might not be what some are expecting.

Grace is a two hour special, with another one to follow


Grace is a two hour special, with another one to follow

Speaking to The Mirror he said: “It’s a delicate balancing act because they’re two different things: A novel isn’t a TV show, and a TV show isn’t a novel.

“While we’re trying to be true to source material, it’s a TV show and so fans of the novel… some of them will be up in arms because it won’t be the characters they had in their head.

“But there’s nothing we as actors can do about that, we just have to serve the script and what is in front of us.”

He went on: “I can’t really be worrying if the people who are into the novels won’t like it.”

What is Grace about and when is it on TV?

You can watch Grace at 8pm tonight (March 14, 2021) on ITV.

You can also catch up with it on the ITV Hub.

The next episode, which will also be 2 hours long, will air later in the year.

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