ITV has ordered Finding Alice, a six episode contemporary drama series starring Bodyguard and The Durrells star Finding Alice. Hawes, who co-created the drama, will star in the titular role as Alice.
Finding Alice follows Alice’s 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 weird and wonderful, and impractical, and 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. 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.
The six episode series was created by Roger Goldby, Keeley Hawes and Simon Nye. It is being produced by Red Production Company in association with Bright Pictures TV, Buddy Club Productions and Genial Productions. The executive producers are Nicola Shindler, Roger Goldby, Simon Nye and Keeley Hawes. Studiocanal will handle global sales. Production is set to get underway in January 2020.
“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”, said Red Production Company founder Nicola Shindler. “This is exactly the kind of drama I love to make at Red and look forward to starting shooting.”
While ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill, who commissioned the series, added: “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. The show has been developed with Keeley Hawes, and Alice was written for her, and she is going to be unmissable in the role. I’m delighted to be working with Simon Nye, Roger Goldby and Nicola Shindler to bring Finding Alice to ITV next year.”