ITV today announced an all-star line-up joining award-winning actor Keeley Hawes in new contemporary drama Finding Alice. The six-part drama created by Roger Goldby, Keeley Hawes and Simon Nye, and written by Roger and Simon, follows a woman whose husband’s sudden and accidental death unearths a trail of secrets, debt, suspicion and criminality.
The series will be produced by RED Production Company (a STUDIOCANAL company) in association with Bright Pictures TV, Buddy Club Productions and Genial Productions.
BAFTA-nominated Hawes (The Durrells, Bodyguard, Line of Duty) plays the role of Alice, and will be joined by a star-studded cast including Joanna Lumley (Gangster Granny, Absolutely Fabulous) and Nigel Havers (Benidorm, Coronation Street) as Alice’s parents Sarah and Roger, and Jason Merrells (Agatha Raisin, Safe House) as her husband Harry.
Also joining the cast are Gemma Jones (Gentleman Jack, Unforgotten) and Kenneth Cranham (Hatton Garden, Bancroft) as Minnie and Gerry, Alice’s in-laws. Rounding out the core cast is Isabella Pappas (Paranoid) as Alice and Harry’s 16-year-old daughter Charlotte, and Sharon Rooney (The Capture, No Offence) as Harry’s sister Nicola.
The series (6 x 60’) focuses on Alice’s honest, raw, blackly comic journey of grief, love and life after the death of her husband Harry. After moving into their newly finished dream house, Harry dies after falling down the stairs. Having designed the weird and wonderful, yet impractical house before he died, the move is one more disorientation for Alice, alongside her sense of loss and abandonment. Her beloved partner of 20 years is no more, and now she can’t even find the fridge. If that were her only problem… men have a habit of hiding stuff that they don’t want to deal with, and Alice discovers that Harry was worse than most. Nicola Shindler, RED Production Company CEO and executive producer added; “To have such a strong calibre of actors join the cast alongside Keeley to breathe life into these complex characters is incredibly exciting, and I look forward to audiences meeting them.”
Finding Alice will be executive produced by RED Production Company founder Nicola Shindler (Butterfly, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey) alongside Simon Nye (The Durrells, Tommy Cooper: Not Like That Like This, How Do You Want Me?) Keeley Hawes and Roger Goldby (The Durrells, The Musketeers, Call The Midwife) who is directing episodes 1, 2 and 3. Juliet May (Motherland) also directs. The drama will be produced by Margot Gavan Duffy (The Queen and I, Two Doors Down, Boy Meets Girl).
Finding Alice will be internationally distributed by Studiocanal.