The team behind The Durrells have reunited to create Finding Alice – an ITV series which follows a wife’s “honest, raw, blackly comic journey of grief” after her husband’s death.
Roger Golby and Simon Nye created the drama with Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), who stars as the titular character. The show, also starring Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers, went into production at the beginning of the year, but it seems like the six-parter – like many other TV series – had to be pushed back due to COVID-19 and filming restrictions.
However, Hawes revealed in October 2020 that filming was just a week away from wrapping, meaning that we could see the contemporary drama sooner than expected.
Here’s everything we know so far.
When is Finding Alice released?
ITV has not yet announced an airdate for Finding Alice, but filming began in January 2020 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown.
We’re off! So excited to be working with the great Ken Cranham, Gemma Jones, @sharonrooney, @j_merrells, Nigel Havers and the LEGEND Joanna Lumley! ❤️ #FindingAlice @ITV @REDProductionCo #comingsoon @rogergoldby #simonnye ???? pic.twitter.com/zLQwyyZTJ7
— Keeley Hawes (@Misskeeleyhawes) January 11, 2020
In October, Hawes posted a behind-the-scenes image of her dressed in character in a wedding dress (perhaps for a flashback scene?). She captioned the photo: “Ready for the weekend! Last day of our penultimate week on #findingalice – so grateful to be working with such amazing people – everyone is working so hard to keep each other safe on set and beyond…Happy Friday!”
Ready for the weekend! Last day of our penultimate week on #findingalice – so grateful to be working with such amazing people – everyone is working so hard to keep each other safe on set and beyond…Happy Friday! ????????????@REDProductionCo @buddyclubprods @ITV pic.twitter.com/jIlK9SpMuH
— Keeley Hawes (@Misskeeleyhawes) October 9, 2020
What is Finding Alice about?
The contemporary drama follows Alice as she copes with the loss of Harry – her husband of twenty years – who fell down the stairs of their new dream house. However, she soon realises that Harry left behind a storm of secrets, debt and criminality for her to clean up.
ITV teases: “Men have a habit of hiding stuff that they don’t want to deal with, and Alice discovers that Harry was worse than most.”
The series was created by The Durrells’ director Roger Goldby, Keely Hawes and writer Simon Nye, who also penned Men Behaving Badly and 2006 film Flushed Away.
“I am relishing tackling a big, emotional, contemporary subject,” said Nye. “And who better to do it with than the amazing Keeley and legendary director/writer Roger Goldby, having survived working with them on The Durrells.”
“I think there is something so particular and compelling about watching a strong female led drama,” said Goldby. “We are so lucky to have Keeley playing Alice, she has an incredible depth of performance combined with a pitch perfect instinct for comedy.”
Red Production Company’s Nicola Shindler, who previously worked on Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax, will be an executive producer on the series alongside Goldby, Nye and Hawes.
ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill said that Hawes will be unmissable as the series lead. “This is a brilliant script – emotionally truthful and darkly funny. It’s about family and grief and introduces us to the wonderfully original character of Alice.”
Who stars in Finding Alice?
Keeley Hawes, who is known for her roles in the Bodyguard, The Durrells and Line of Duty, is set to play the eponymous character in the Finding Alice cast.
She’s joined by Joanna Lumley, Kenneth Cranham, Nigel Havers, Jason Merrells, Gemma Jones and Sharon Rooney.
Alice’s husband Harry will be played by Merrells, while Lumley and Havers play Alice’s parents.
Jones and Cranham are set to appear as her in-laws (Harry’s parents), and Rooney will play Harry’s sister Nicola.
The role of Alice and Harry’s teenage daughter will be played by Isabella Pappas.
Hawes said: “I am absolute delighted to be working with the brilliant Simon Nye and hugely talented Goldby on a project that means so much to all of us. I have been a huge fan of Nicola Shindler for many years and I’m thrilled to be working with her at last on Finding Alice.”
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