A DETECTIVE drama that was celebrated as a boost for the city has been commissioned for a second series.

ITV's Grace has been given the green light for a second series after the first instalment, which aired last month amassed 8.8 million viewers.

The show was filmed in Brighton and Hove last year with city landmarks – including both piers and Hove’s beach huts – playing a starring role in the adaption.

Based on crime novelist Peter James' book Dead Simple, it was a hit with viewers.

The second series will be made up of three 120 minute films - Not Dead Enough, Dead Man’s Footsteps and Dead Tomorrow.

Writer Russell Lewis said: "After the overwhelmingly positive audience response to the seaside noir of Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead ready to go, all at team Roy Grace are delighted to have been given the opportunity by ITV to return to Brighton (and 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.

He said that filming "may well be coming to a street near you" and told fans to keep their eyes peeled.

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John Simm appears alongside the likes of Richie Campbell as Grace’s police partner detective superintendent Glenn Branson and Rakie Ayola as his superior, assistant chief constable Alison Vosper.

ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill added: "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. ”