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Keeley Hawes’ Gripping New Detective Drama 'Honour' Drops This Autumn On ITV

Keeley Hawes’ Gripping New Detective Drama 'Honour' Drops This Autumn On ITV

Keeley Hawes is starring in a brand new ITV drama based on the heartbreaking story of Banaz Mahmod, who was murdered by her own family in 2006.

Honour is written by Gwyneth Hughes - the mastermind behind Vanity Fair and Remember Me - and directed by Richard Laxton (who also directed Mrs Wilson) - a sure sign it'll be a gripping watch.

In the two-part show, Keeley plays real-life Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, known for bringing five killers to justice in the case of Banaz Mahmod.

Keeley Hawes is starring in the drama (Credit: ITV)
Keeley Hawes is starring in the drama (Credit: ITV)
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The heartbreaking true story saw the young Londoner murdered for falling in love with a man her parents disapproved of. It tells the powerful story of DCI Goode's passionate search to find the missing 20-year-old when she disappeared in 2006.

After months of investigating and searching for Banaz, who was from Mitcham, South London, Caroline and her team discovered her body buried in a suitcase in Birmingham.

She had been raped, strangled and murdered by members of her own family.

Banaz was raped and strangled to death by her own family (Credit: PA)
Banaz was raped and strangled to death by her own family (Credit: PA)
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Just months before her death, Banaz discovered the plan for her murder via a telephone call between her uncle and her mother, and went to the police with a written letter explaining she was at risk - but no further action was taken.

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Weeks later, she was murdered by the help of her own family. Her cousins Mohammed Saleh Ali and Omar Hussain received minimum jail terms of 22 and 21 years respectively for the crime.

Meanwhile, Banaz's father, Mahmod Mahmod and uncle, Ari Mahmod were also jailed for life. A fifth man, Mohammad Hama was also sentenced to 17 years.

DCI Caroline Goode and her team discovered Banaz's body buried in a suitcase in Handsworth, Birmingham (Credit: PA)
DCI Caroline Goode and her team discovered Banaz's body buried in a suitcase in Handsworth, Birmingham (Credit: PA)
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Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London said at the time: "This was a barbaric and callous crime.

"To restore the so-called family honour, it was decided by her father and uncle that she should die and her memory be erased."

He told Ali and Hussain at the time of their sentencing: "You were willing and active participants in what was an agonising death and a deliberately disrespectful disposal.

"You are hard and callous men who were quite prepared to assist others in killing in the so-called name of honour and who placed respect from the community above life, tolerance and understanding."

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Keeley's drama will air on ITV this autumn. It'll certainly be a gripping and utterly heartbreaking watch.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, ITV

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