Keeley Hawes has opened up about her new ITV drama Finding Alice, which takes a look at the heartbreaking reality of grief.
The new show focuses on Keeley’s title character Alice, who must learn to adapt following the death of her husband Harry in shocking and unexpected circumstances.
Alice discovers more and more about her husband’s life after his passing – some of it troubling – while she and those around her often use humour as a coping mechanism.
Keeley, who co-created the series with Roger Goldby and Simon Nye, spoke about her experiences of making the drama with Metro.co.uk and other press, discussing the show’s responsibilities when it came to portraying grief on-screen.
‘Quite often you do feel responsible,’ Keeley said. ‘On something like Honor [which focused on real-life disappearance and murder of honour killing victim Banaz Mahmod], there was a huge responsibility to those real people.
‘But Alice is a unique creation. I really hope some people will relate to her, and find something within her reaction to her grief that they that they can relate to.’
Keeley aims to articulate emotions around loss, with the actress saying that she hoped people would find solace in her performance.
The actress added: ‘I can’t be responsible for people’s grief. The way that we all experience grief is unique to all of us, be it for a parent or for a child or for a pet, it’s unique to our own situations. I can’t be responsible for that, but I hope people relate.’
Keeley also acted as executive producer on the drama, and said the pandemic really threw her in at the deep end.
‘Having Covid – the dreaded Covid – thrown into the middle of the development process was a huge learning curve,’ the 44-year-old said. ‘Not only for me, but for everyone.
‘It was just so exciting because my voice was there from the beginning,’ she said about taking on extra responsibility behind the scenes. ‘It’s quite unusual, and very luxurious. I’m very grateful to the whole team for making it such a pleasant experience.’
Keeley stars in the drama alongside some of the national treasures of British film and TV, including Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers. Joanna, who plays Alice’s ‘hard hearted and tactless’ mother Sarah, said understanding the mother-daughter relationship was key for her taking ownership of the role.
‘I think this is a mother daughter thing. I think that quite often, fathers and daughters and mothers and sons get on very well,’ she said. ‘Quite often there’s friction between mothers and daughters, which I’ve never felt but I have observed with other people.’
Finding Alice begin at 9pm on January 17 on ITV.Credit: Original article published here.