Keeley Hawes to star in new ITV drama Honour

The two-part drama tells the heartbreaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, the young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man.

Written by Gwyneth Hughes, Honour will see Keeley play Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, the real-life detective who brought Banaz's five killers to justice. Her powerful story will explore her passionate search to discover the fate of missing 20-year old Banaz.

DCI Goode discovered that Banaz had been to the police five times to report threats to her life from members of her own family. Appalled that her own colleagues had missed multiple chances to save a young woman’s life and prevent a so-called “honour” killing, Caroline vowed that she would not rest until she finally got justice for Banaz.

It was a promise that quickly became personally consuming. This tense and emotionally vivid drama brings Caroline’s long and unwavering quest to life.

Commissioned by ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill, the drama also marks the first drama made in association with Keeley Hawes' own production company, Buddy Club and will see Keeley executive produce the two-part factual drama.

Speaking about the project, which begins filming in September, Keeley said "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.”

To which Polly Hill added "“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.”

Honour will air on ITV