Posted: Sunday, 14 March 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

Based on the Roy Grace books, the full-length episode follows our hero, Detective Roy Grace (John Simm), as he competes against time to find real estate developer Michael disappeared in the middle of his noisy bachelorette party / p>
Michael had offshore accounts in various tax havens which meant he could have gotten cold feet and decided to run away leaving his future wife Ashley at the altar, but it turns out that something much more sinister is at stake

In the first Grace episode, it quickly becomes clear that our future bridegroom was the subject of a dangerous prank on the Night of the Deer: He was buried alive in a nailed-down coffin, with only a small rubber breathing tube to keep him alive / p>

His drunken groomsmen intend to dig him underground after an hour, but shortly afterwards they are all killed in a car accident – meaning the nature of the prank and Michael’s underground position apparently died with them

There is a best man who did not die in the car accident and who also knows the location of the coffin: Michael’s best man and business partner Mark

Not only does Mark not tell the police about the place, but he goes back into the wooded area and takes the breathing tube, which puts Michael even more at risk

Mark’s motive? Ashley, Michael’s fiancée Mark is in love with and it turns out that Ashley (who perfectly played the role of the grieving future bride at the beginning of the episode) slept with Mark and knew about his plan to steal the air tube

The police finally find the coffin in a wooded area but to Mark’s horror, the coffin is empty, meaning someone else out there knows what he’s done – and that Michael might still be alive

Sure enough, Mark is being sent masked photos showing him removing the breathing tube a demand for £ 5 million; and at the bottom of the envelope a severed finger from Michael

Mark is then killed by the mysterious blackmailer – and now all eyes are on Ashley, who is not all she appears to be.You and her real partner (the blackmailer) have systematically cheated on wealthy men around the world, and Michael was the last in a long line

Master manipulator Ashley was supposed to marry Michael and kill him a few months later in order to inherit all of his fortune – but the coffin prank ruined that plan, which meant she had to improvise

Grace catches up with her and her partner as they attempt to flee the country after leaving Michael to die in an abandoned house. Ashley kills her partner and Grace tries to run away with her before she does it to reveal how he felt about the disappearance of his wife Sandy

In the end, Michael is found alive and taken to the hospital – and he has yet to find out about the betrayal of his fiancée Ashley

In the first of the Roy Grace books, Dead Simple, the reader knows from the first chapter that Michael is trapped in a sealed coffin, however, series writer Russell Lewis (Endeavor) exclusively told RadioTimes oncom why the TV adaptation made this big reveal delayed

“With the novel really hooking you into chapter one,” he explained, “But it was such a big deal to us, I think, that it felt like something we had to earn to find out what happened to Michael So we sat back and allowed the audience to get to know [Roy] Grace a little through the device from “Michael went missing” What we didn’t want to do was put the audience in front of Grace, you know? “

He continued, “If you had known where Michael was from the start, Grace would have caught up with the audience in the first two parts, and I think in narrative terms only, you would like to follow your hero and find out if he finds out instead of being in front of him that was our thought to hold us back This is our big reveal ”

When asked if he feared viewers might be put off by the horrific scenes in the coffin, Lewis said he approached the source footage as “responsibly” as possible, especially for an audience in front of the watershed

“People’s stress levels vary, but we have certainly been acting as responsibly as we can,” he said before adding, “You know, as responsibly as you can approach a book with this content we would have Can’t Leave Out At least we delayed people by half an hour to find out what was going on, so they only have to endure it for 90 minutes ”

Grace will return to ITV later in 2021 If you want to read Peter James’ Roy Grace series, you can buy the first three novels on Amazon

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