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John Simm hopes to keep making new detective show Grace 'for years to come'

John Simm says that landing the role of TV detective Roy Grace was “manna from heaven” and he now hopes to have a job for life.

The Life on Mars star is hoping to follow in the footsteps of long-running TV detectives Morse, Taggart and Frost as he plays the unorthodox DS Grace in the feature-length films, adapted from the best-selling novels by Peter James. “It was manna from heaven to get that phone call.

I was absolutely honoured to be asked to play Roy Grace,” he said. “I didn't know the novels but I'd seen them in the best-seller lists.

I devoured the first three very quickly and was absolutely hooked. I'm on book ten at the moment.” But Simm, 50, admitted that some fans of the 17 “deliciously dark” books would inevitably be “up in

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