ITV has commissioned the six-part contemporary drama Finding Alice, starring Keeley Hawes.
The series is produced by Red Production Company, in association with Bright Pictures TV, Buddy Club Productions and Genial Productions. It focuses on Alice’s honest, raw, blackly comedic journey of grief, love and life after the death of her husband Harry. His accidental sudden death kicks up a storm of secrets and mess, debt, suspicion and criminality, which Alice is forced to confront in order to survive.
Harry dies after falling down the stairs when they move into their newly finished dream house. Harry designed it, so it’s one more disorientation for Alice, to go with her sense of loss and abandonment. Her beloved partner of 20 years is no more, and now she can’t open the garage doors.
Red Production Company Founder Nicola Shindler (Butterfly, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey) will take the role of executive producer, alongside Roger Goldby (The Durrells, The Musketeers, Call The Midwife), Simon Nye (The Durrells, Tommy Cooper: Not Like That Like This, How Do You Want Me?) and Hawes (Bodyguard, The Durrells, Line of Duty, Honour).
STUDIOCANAL will be responsible for the international distribution of the drama. Filming for Finding Alice will commence in January 2020.
Shindler commented: “When Keeley, Roger and Simon came to me with Finding Alice I was so excited to find a project about a complex, flawed and funny woman in such extreme circumstances who I felt an audience would fall in love with. This is exactly the kind of drama I love to make at Red and look forward to starting shooting.”
Goldby said: “I think there is something so particular and compelling about watching a strong female-led drama, we are so lucky to have Keeley playing Alice, she has an incredible depth of performance combined with a pitch perfect instinct for comedy. Keeley will bring Alice to life beautifully to make Finding Alice heartfelt, moving and funny.”
Nye said: “I am relishing tackling a big, emotional, contemporary subject. 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.”
Hawes added: “I am absolutely delighted to be working with the brilliant Simon Nye and the hugely talented Roger 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.”