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Grace star John Simm reveals future of popular ITV drama

The actor took to Instagram ahead of the series three finale

John Simm as DS Roy Grace in ITV's Grace
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
3 April 2023
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The third season of ITV crime drama, Grace, came to an end on Sunday night, leaving many fans wondering if the Brighton-based detective, Roy Grace, will be back on our screens anytime soon. 

John Simm, who stars as the titular character, shared a major announcement ahead of the season finale, sparking a reaction from fans. 

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Taking to his Instagram account on Sunday, the actor revealed that the popular drama will return with a fourth series next year, with the filming of four new episodes commencing imminently. 

Sharing a photo showing John and his co-star Richie Campbell in character as DS Grace and DS Glenn Branson, he penned in the caption: "GRACE. 

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"'Not dead yet' based on the novel by @peterjamesuk. The Season 3 finale tonight at 8pm on @itv @itvxofficial. Hope you enjoy. 

"We're off to start filming 4 more. See you next year! #graceitv #roygrace."

John Simm stars as Roy Grace in Grace© ITV
John Simm revealed the show will be back with four more episodes next year

Fans were quick to express their delight in the comments section, with one person writing: "@johnsimmofficial so excited!!" while another added: "Gutted it's the last one. But sooooooo happy to hear there will be another series."

The drama was renewed earlier this year and fans can expect the new series to adapt the next four novels in Peter James' Roy Grace series: Dead Man's Time, Want You Dead, You Are Dead and Love You Dead.

Which cast members will return for series four?

John Simm confirmed his return on Instagram and he will almost certainly be joined by the main cast members, including Richie Campbell, Craig Parkinson and Laura Elphinstone.

John Simm stars in Grace alongside Zoe Tapper © ITV
John Simm stars in Grace alongside Zoe Tapper

Zoë Tapper is also expected to return as Grace's girlfriend Cleo Morey, while Clare Calbraith will likely reprise her role as Roy's missing wife Sandy. 

Grace season four release date speculation

While ITV has yet to announce a release date for series four, we imagine that the new episodes will arrive early next year. 

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