Honour (ITV)

With the brilliant Keeley Hawes leading the cast, and a powerful and topical story, how could Gwyneth Hughes' Honour go wrong?

-London's Best Events-
What: new drama
When: Autumn 2020
Where: ITV
Website: Honour

No, you’re not going crazy – Keeley Hawes really is everywhere these days. It seems like it has been almost impossible to turn on the TV in the last few years without seeing Keeley Hawes. From her bad cop/good cop routine in Line Of Duty, to her tough talking Home Secretary in the Body Guard, to her cosily maternal Mrs Durrell in the ITV megahit, the Durrells, Hawes is everywhere and everyone.

What’s more, the presence of the erstwhile Mrs Hawes in a production is as good a sign as you will ever get that you are watching quality television. Hawes does not sign on to any old rubbish, as her stellar list of blockbuster credits attest.

So, it certainly bodes well for ITV’s new two-part drama, Honour, that they have managed to convince Hawes to appear in their new show.

So, if you fancy catching Honour when it debuts on ITV, here’s all you need to know about the show:

What is ITV’s Honour about?

The two part drama is based on the real-life ‘honour killing’ of Banaz Mahmod. Shortly before her death, Mahmod left her abusive husband and entered into a relationship with another man. These actions left her father and uncle horrified and the two men later conspired to have her killed.

Honour follows the investigation into the Londoner’s murder, and the grisly secrets that the investigation ultimately uncovered.

When Detective Chief Inspector Goode took up the case, she quickly found a series of police failings leading up to the murder. It transpired that Banaz Mahmod had been in touch with the Metropolitan police on five separate occasions as her fears for her life increased.

Fired up by this sense of injustice, Goode set out to obtain justice for Mahmood, with her efforts later being rewarded by the of the Queen’s Police Medal.

Who is behind the camera on the show?

Honour was written by Gwyneth Hughes (Vanity Fair, Remember Me). Discussing the project with the Daily Mail, Hughes had this to say of the drama: “This story shows 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.”

Who stars in Honour?

Hawes will play Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode in the production. Hawes had this to say about the new show: “It is a privilege to be working on Honour…in a time when 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.”

Alongside Hawes in the new production will be Robby Haynes (Fighting Talk, Space Bandits) and Buket Komur (What Is Your Name) as Banaz Mahmod.

How has news of the production been received?

Ironically, the show has come in for some criticism from the sister of the show’s victim. Pyazee Mahmod has complained about the show’s focus on the detective leading the investigation rather than on her sister. “It doesn’t really sit too well with me that that’s the angle they chose to go with because that’s not Banaz’s story, that’s somebody else’s story,” Payzee said to the BBC.

“This is about somebody who lost her life very tragically and it’s not about somebody getting to tell their story. I don’t believe that it’s honouring Banaz.”

Scriptwriter Vinay Patel also weighed in with criticism of the production. “The framing on this makes me deeply uneasy, especially since the police did not take Banaz seriously when she came to them for help weeks before her murder” Patel said on Twitter.

When is Honour on TV?

Principal photography took place for the new show in London in autumn 2019. The show was later pushed back from its April 2020 release date. Honour will now debut on ITV in Autumn 2020.

More information about ITV’s Honour can be found here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: new drama
When: Autumn 2020
Where: ITV
Website: Honour