Crime Thriller Series ‘Grace’ Premieres on BritBox Streaming Service April 27

BritBox, the subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, on March 18 announced it is expanding its collection of originals in North America with a new crime thriller series based on the popular Roy Grace novels by Peter James.

“Grace,” starring John Simm (“Doctor Who,” Trauma) as the title detective, premieres April 27 on BritBox in the United States and Canada. The screenwriter is Russell Lewis, who created the popular mystery series “Endeavor.” The Roy Grace novels have sold more than 20 million copies in 37 languages.

“Grace” follows hard-working Brighton-based detective Roy Grace, who because of his unorthodox crime-solving methods is exiled to investigating long-forgotten cold cases. After a stag night prank appears to go wrong the groom has gone missing, and Grace, still haunted by the disappearance of his wife, and at risk of losing the job he loves, is tapped by his colleague, Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson (Richie Campbell, Small Axe) to help solve the time-sensitive case.

“Grace contains all the elements of what our audience is looking for from BritBox: an award-winning writing team, a phenomenal British cast, and, most importantly, a compelling mystery story packed with shocking twists,” said Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America. “As the only authentic British streaming service available in North America, we have and continue to premiere edgy, modern, premium content.”

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“We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Russell Lewis and Peter James, two of the greatest writers around, and to have the chance to bring Grace alive on screen,” said executive producers Andrew O’Connor and Paul Sandler of Second Act Productions. “Like so many other readers, we’ve been fans of the Grace books since they first appeared, so this is a fantastically exciting project for us.”

“Grace” is co-produced by Second Act Productions, Tall Story Pictures (both part of ITV Studios) and Vaudeville Productions, and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios. This season will feature two 90-minute standalone TV films based on the first two books in the series: Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead.

“Grace” is the latest addition to BritBox North America’s slate of original films and series, which include true crime co-productions “The Pembrokeshire Murders” and “Honour” as well as “A Confession,” “There She Goes” and “McDonald & Dodds.”

BritBox subscriptions are $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year — after an introductory free trial period — on Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV (fourth generation), Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online. BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices.

BritBox Streaming Service Gets New North American Head

Emily Powers has been promoted to EVP and head of BritBox, spearheading the streamer’s business for North America.

She effectively succeeds Soumya Sriraman, who stepped down as president and CEO of BritBox earlier this month.

Powers joined BritBox in September 2015 as SVP of commercial, and was promoted to chief revenue officer in July 2020.

Emily Powers

In her new role, Powers will continue to lead all commercial relationships, distribution partnerships, performance marketing and customer retention, as well as evaluate, foster and deliver strong business development opportunities. Powers now adds editorial and creative to her purview — working closely with the team to bring British television shows to BritBox. Currently, she is also overseeing much of the business operations for the launch of BritBox in Australia.

“Emily is an essential part of the BritBox team who has been instrumental to BritBox’s early development, followed by rapid growth and significant successes since launch,” said Rebecca Glashow, president of BBC Studios Americas. “This promotion is well-deserved, and I anticipate BritBox will continue to soar under Emily’s leadership.”

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“I look forward to guiding the growth of BritBox in North America,” Powers said. “Over the past five years I have had the privilege of being part of the senior team that has transformed BritBox from an initial concept to a hit service with more than 1.5 million subscribers, which in turn has laid the foundation for global expansion.  In this new role, I will look for innovative ways to continue fostering the service’s success.”

Powers was a member of the original team that developed and launched BritBox, along with Sriraman. In her initial role, she was responsible for writing the initial business plan, negotiating and executing the joint-venture relationship between BBC and ITV, and directing the service’s launch in the United States and Canada.

Powers joined BBC Studios (then BBC Worldwide) in 2012 as director, strategy and was later promoted to VP, strategy and business development. In this role, Powers worked to support all BBC Studios’ businesses in a strategic capacity, including program sales, digital distribution, BBC.com, Los Angeles productions, and provided strategic deal support and analysis for the spin-off of BBC America into a joint-venture with AMC Networks.

Prior to her tenure with the BBC Studios, Powers was director of business development in NBCUniversal’s Digital Distribution group.