Keeley Hawes to lead two part drama Honour for ITV

Hawes is to star as the real-life detective who brought five killers to justice in the heartbreaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, a young Londoner whose family killed her after she fell for the wrong man.

Honour is described as ‘the powerful story of Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode’s passionate search to discover the fate of missing 20-year old Banaz’.

“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.” – Keeley Hawes

DCI Goode, played by Keeley Hawes, discovered that Banaz had been to the police on five separate occasions to note that threats had been made to her life from members of her own family. Appalled that her own colleagues had missed multiple chances to prevent a so-called “honour” killing, Caroline vowed to get justice for Banaz.

The two-part factual drama – made in association with Keeley’s production company Buddy Club – has been written by Gwyneth Hughes, will be directed by Richard Laxton, produced by Alliea Nazar and executive produced by Liza Marshall, Gwyneth Hughes, Peter Kosminsky and Keeley Hawes. 

“Gwyn’s scripts beautifully and sensitively tell the story of DCI Caroline Goode’s investigation into the tragic murder of Banaz Mahmod. I am proud to work with Liza and Hera Pictures, to bring this important story to screen on ITV.” – Polly Hill, ITV drama chief

Filming is due to begin in September. 

Hawes recently starred in mega-hit BBC drama Bodyguard, produced by World Productions for the corporation
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