The star and executive producer gives us the lowdown on this new two-parter, which is based on the real-life murder of Banaz Mahmod
By Virgin TV Edit
In April 2006, the body of 20-year-old Londoner Banaz Mahmod was discovered buried in the garden of a house in Handsworth, a suburb of Birmingham.
It was later revealed that members of Banaz’s own family (including her father and her uncle) were complicit in her shocking murder after she left an abusive forced marriage and started a new relationship of her choosing.
Mahmod’s death, which is the subject of powerful new ITV drama Honour, starring Keeley Hawes, sparked a debate about the practice of so-called “honour killings” and how she was let down by the police, who failed to take previous death threats she reported seriously.
Banaz’s appalling death was investigated by Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, played here by Keeley Hawes. Goode’s determined drive to bring about justice for Banaz after authorities failed her is at the centre of this tense, poignant and uncompromising two-part series, which is written by Gwyneth Hughes (Silent Witness).
“It was a very emotional job for everyone working on this drama,” says Hawes, whose is also executive producer. “Inevitably, all of us took the job home with us at night. Not a moment went by when we weren’t talking or thinking about Banaz. I still find it emotional today. The image of Banaz will always move me.”
Before the first episode of Honour airs on ITV, find out more about the show from Keeley Hawes.
When is Honour on TV?
The first episode airs at 9pm on Monday 28 September on ITV/HD (CH 103/113).
Episode 2 airs at 9pm on Tuesday 29 September on ITV/HD (CH 103/113).
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