ITV’s new crime drama Grace has viewers ‘terrified and switching off’ after a character is buried alive BEFORE the watershed

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  • ITV’s new crime drama Grace left viewers ‘feeling terrified and sick’ on Sunday
  • A character was forced into a coffin and buried alive during the programme
  • Began at 8pm, but just half an hour later, a groom was buried alive by stag party 

ITV’s new crime drama Grace had barely begun when viewers were left ‘feeling terrified’ and reaching for the remote as a character was forced into a coffin and buried alive.

The TV adaption of Peter James’s novels about Brighton detective Roy Grace (played by John Simm) started at 8pm, but just half an hour later, audiences witnessed a groom being pranked by his stag party.

Groom Michael was buried inside a nailed-down coffin, with only a small rubber breathing tube keeping him alive – and while his drunken groomsmen had intended to dig him up after an hour, they were all nearly killed in a car crash before then.

The chilling scenes – with Michael (played by Tom Weston-Jones) frantically begging to be let out – left viewers ‘feeling sick and turning off the drama’.

Others also complained about the nightmare-inducing segment being aired before 9pm, with one writing: ‘Well that’s a bit grim before the watershed.’

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ITV’s new crime drama Grace had barely begun when viewers were left ‘feeling terrified’ and reaching for the remote as a character was forced into a coffin and buried alive (pictured)

The TV adaption of Peter James’s novels about Brighton detective Roy Grace (played by John Simm) started at 8pm, but just half an hour later, audiences witnessed a groom (pictured in the coffin) being pranked by his stag party

Another wrote: ‘Oh my god, I had to switch it off. I suffer with claustrophobia. They should have put a warning. It made me feel awful.’

A third added: ‘I couldn’t watch it. Too claustrophobic. Shame – love John Simm and pretty much everything he’s in is worth watching.’

A fourth said: ‘OMG! I’m literally having a panic attack just watching this.’

The Sunday night drama attempted to solve the disappearance of Michael, with the groom missing after police discovered the empty coffin. 

 

Reaction: The chilling scenes – with Michael (played by Tom Weston-Jones) frantically begging to be let out – left viewers ‘feeling sick and turning off the drama’

Most of the men behind Michael’s burial died in a crash shortly after the prank, apart from the groom’s best man, Mark. 

But Mark – who had an affair with Michael’s fiancée Ashley – not only didn’t tell the police about the location of the coffin, but also went back to the wooded area and took the breathing tube.

However, police eventually found the coffin but discovered it empty, and Mark was soon blackmailed with covert photos of him removing the breathing tube, as well as a severed finger belonging to Michael.

Groom Michael (pictured) was buried inside a nailed-down coffin, with only a small rubber breathing tube keeping him alive – and while his drunken groomsmen had intended to dig him up after an hour, they were all nearly killed in a car crash before then

Peter James’s novels about Brighton detective Roy Grace are coming to screen in two-feature length dramas staring John Simm (pictured right, with Richie Campbell as DS Branson)

The mysterious blackmailer – who demanded £5million – then killed Mark. It was later discovered that the murderer was working with Ashley, with the couple systematically scamming wealthy men across the globe. 

The drama, based on the hugely popular Roy Grace novels by Peter James, splits the first two books of the series into two, feature-length episodes.

But it’s currently unknown when the second instalment will air, with a release date yet to be confirmed.

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