FILMING has begun on the new television adaptation of Peter James' crime novels.

Grace, based on the Sussex author's first two books, Dead Simple and Looking Dead Good, will be filmed entirely at locations in Sussex, with Life on Mars star John Simm in the lead role as detective Roy Grace.

Production designer Madeleine Leech said the series will be shot at various indoor and outdoor sites in the county, incuding the Van Alen building in Marine Parade in Brighton and at spots along the seafront, as well as Shoreham and Peacehaven.

Richie Campbell (Liar, Blue Story, Top Boy) has taken on the role of DS Glenn Branson while Rakie Ayola (Noughts and Crosses, Shetland, No Offence) will star as ACC Vosper.

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The ITV crime drama is being brought to the small screen by acclaimed screenwriter and Endeavour creator, Russell Lewis.

The Argus: John Simm will star as Roy GraceJohn Simm will star as Roy Grace

He said: "Each story is a fantastic, hair-raising, twisting, switch-back of a roller-coaster ride that grips the reader from first to last, and the opportunity to translate that best-selling magic to television is like all one’s Christmases and birthdays come at once.

"As his millions of fans and admirers are well aware, Peter's meticulous research and eye for detail is the stuff of legend.

"His long established, close relationship with the police, taken together with a knowledge of Brighton and the South Coast that is the sole preserve of the born and bred lends his stories an unimpeachable veracity of place and procedure.

The Argus: The series will dramatise Peter James' first two books in the Roy Grace seriesThe series will dramatise Peter James' first two books in the Roy Grace series

"That John Simm will be breathing flesh to the bones of Roy Grace really is the cherry on a dark, and troublingly encrimsoned cake.”

Peter James is delighted John Simm will play Roy Grace, and said he "actually looks like the Roy Grace of my imagination".

He said: "With John in the lead, the brilliant scripting by Russell Lewis, and our wonderful production team, I’m confident that fans of my novels and of TV crime dramas in general will be in for a treat."