Honour: ITV announces new Keeley Hawes crime drama

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Keeley Hawes will star in Honour for ITV, a crime drama that explores the real-life investigation into the ‘honour killing’ of Banaz Mahmod. Here’s all the info…

ITV’s official press bumf tells us that Hawes will play “the real-life detective who brought five killers to justice in the heartbreaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, the young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man.”

Gwyneth Hughes – who previously penned Vanity Fair, Dark Angel and Remember Me – will write the show. Keeley Hawes’ company, Buddy Club, will be involved in the production.

Hawes said this about the project: “It is a privilege to be working on Honour as Buddy Club’s first ever project. In a time where honour killings are still rife, it is critical to shine a light on such an important subject. Banaz Mahmod’s story, and DCI Goode’s subsequent investigation, is certainly one that needs to be told and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Gwyneth Hughes said this: “Banaz Mahmod met her brutish death on the orders of her own father and uncle, which I find profoundly unsettling. That this story is ultimately so uplifting is down to the sheer heroism and dedication of the police officers who hunted down her killers. Caroline Goode and her team felt real love for this girl they’d never met. I found their unusual warmth and humanity deeply moving.”

The series will consist of two hour-long episodes, and its described as a ‘factual drama’. Filming will begin in September, and we’ll bring you more news as we hear it.