Grace spoilers: Dead Simple

Grace airs on ITV at 8pm

When the unorthodox policing methods of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace are brought into question under cross examination in a local murder trial and a journalist gets hold of the story, it does nothing to improve his standing with his superiors who are concerned about the damage he has done to the reputation of the force. His superior, Assistant Chief Constable Alison Vosper, warns Grace that they can’t afford another stunt like this.

Grace is already carrying a heavy load. Plagued by the disappearance of his beloved wife Sandy, without a trace, six years ago on his 40th birthday and still searching for answers as to her whereabouts to this day, he seems to be more at home with the dead these days. Working in an office surrounded by unsolved cold cases which are gathering dust and only serve as a reminder of his own ghosts, Grace can’t seem to let go of the past despite his best efforts to try and move on.

When a local property developer whose company is enjoying a raft of recent successes goes missing on a stag night, Roy is approached by his old friend and colleague, Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson who is investigating the case. Something feels off about the whole thing and Branson comes to Grace for advice, determined to pull him from the gloom of his office and make use of his brilliant instincts. Grace joins Branson’s investigation to advise.

Together with colleagues Detective Constable Emma Jane Boutwood, Detective Constable Nick Nicholl and Detective Sergeant Bella Moy, Grace and Branson work to piece together the groom-to-be’s movements the night he disappeared. With the wedding only days away the clock is ticking. As Grace’s fierce instincts and dogged determination start to unravel the events of the fateful stag night, it becomes clear that there are those who know more than they are letting on and what initially seemed to be a simple missing persons enquiry, may now, in fact, be something far more sinister.

  • Writer – Peter James
  • Producer – Kiaran Murray-Smith
  • Director – John Alexander

Cast

  • Adrian Rawlins as Harry Frame
  • Akshay Khanna as Josh Sayed
  • Alexandar Cobb as Kevin Spinella
  • Alisha Bailey as Ashley Haynes
  • Amaka Okafor as Dc Emma Jane Boutwood
  • Brad Morrison as Dc Nick Nicholl
  • Catherine Bailey as Francine
  • Charlie Suff as Luke Jones
  • Cian Binchy as Davey Marshbrook
  • Diarmaid Murtagh as Vic
  • John Simm as Ds Roy Grace
  • Laura Elphinstone as Ds Bella Moy
  • Maggie O’neill as Gill Neward
  • Matt Stokoe as Mark B Warden
  • Matt Wakeford as Robbo
  • Natasha Jospeph as Willa
  • Rakie Ayola as Acc Alison Vosper
  • Rebecca Scroggs as Ari Branson
  • Richie Campbell as Ds Glen Branson
  • Rupert Holliday Evans as Phil Marshbrook
  • Silas Carson as Richard Charwell QC
  • Tiana Khan as Zoe Sayed
  • Tim Treloar as Sean Stourton
  • Tom Weston-jones as Michael Neward
  • Vinny Dhillon as Woman Speaker

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