Second Act Productions was set up by Andrew O’Connor and Paul Sandler in 2015 and is led by Executive Producer Lee Hupfield.
Second Act is part of Cat’s on the Roof Media and is an ITV Studios company.
MARCH 2021 - NEWS
ITV commissions a second series of contemporary detective drama, Grace
John Simm will return as Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, for a second series of ITV crime drama, Grace.
From acclaimed screenwriter and Endeavour creator, Russell Lewis, Grace is an adaption of international, bestselling author Peter James’ award winning novels.
Co-starring Richie Campbell as DS Glenn Branson and Rakie Ayola as ACC Vosper, the first Grace film Dead Simple which aired on ITV last month achieved consolidated ratings of 8.8m viewers.
The second series of Grace, produced by Second Act Productions, Tall Story Pictures, both part of ITV Studios, and Vaudeville Productions, will comprise three 120 minute films; Not Dead Enough, Dead Man’s Footsteps and Dead Tomorrow.
ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill commented:
“We are delighted to be adapting more of Peter James’ wonderful novels. John Simm has brilliantly brought the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to screen and there are many more cases for the audiences to enjoy. ”
Writer Russell Lewis commented:
“After the overwhelmingly positive audience response to the seaside noir of Dead Simple, (tabloid trauma tales notwithstanding!) and Looking Good Dead cued up ready to go, all at Team Roy Grace are delighted to have been given the opportunity by ITV to return to Brighton (& Hove, actually!) to continue Roy's story with a new series of films based on Peter James best-selling novels.
We’ll be shooting out of our Brighton HQ and all along and around the South Coast from late summer through to very late autumn, so it’s quite possible that like some macabre Radio Fab Roadshow, our caravanserai of coroner’s van, SOCO unit, Mobile Incident Room may well be coming to a street near you! As the late, great Shaw Taylor used to ask viewers on Police 5... ‘Keep ‘em peeled!’”
Executive producers are Andrew O’Connor and Paul Sandler for Second Act Productions, Patrick Schweitzer for Tall Story Pictures, Michael Vine for Vaudeville Productions, Russell Lewis and Peter James.
ITV Studios will be responsible for the international distribution of Grace. The new series will be exclusively available on BritBox North America.
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