Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley is among a raft of British acting talent joining new ITV series Finding Alice.
The black comedy features Keeley Hawes, who also cerated the series, in the lead role.
Also joining the cast are Nigel Havers, Jason Merrells, Gemma Jones, Kenneth Cranham and Sharon Rooney.
Finding Alice filming starts
Production on the new six-part drama began in London today (Friday, 10 January). Co-creators of the drama are Roger Goldby and Simon Nye, who also wrote the series scripts.
The story follows a woman whose husband’s sudden and accidental death unearths a trail of secrets, debt, suspicion and criminality.
Series producer is RED Production Company (STUDIOCANAL) in association with Bright Pictures TV, Buddy Club Productions and Genial Productions.
BAFTA-nominated Hawes (The Durrells, Bodyguard, Line of Duty) plays the role of Alice. Joanna Lumley (Gangster Granny, Absolutely Fabulous) and Nigel Havers (Benidorm, Coronation Street) star as Alice’s parents Sarah and Roger. Jason Merrells (Agatha Raisin, Safe House) stars as her husband Harry.
Also joining the cast are Gemma Jones (Gentleman Jack, Unforgotten) and Kenneth Cranham (Hatton Garden, Bancroft) as Minnie and Gerry, Alice’s in-laws.
Rounding out the core cast is Isabella Pappas (Paranoid) as Alice and Harry’s 16-year-old daughter Charlotte, and Sharon Rooney (The Capture, No Offence) as Harry’s sister Nicola.
Comic journey of grief
The series (6 x 60’) focuses on Alice’s honest, raw, blackly comic journey of grief, love and life after the death of her husband Harry.
After moving into their newly finished dream house, Harry dies after falling down the stairs. Having designed the weird and wonderful, yet impractical house before he died, the move is one more disorientation for Alice, alongside her sense of loss and abandonment.
Her beloved partner of 20 years is no more, and now she can’t even find the fridge. 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.
Nicola Shindler, RED Production Company ceo and executive producer said: “To have such a strong calibre of actors join the cast alongside Keeley to breathe life into these complex characters is incredibly exciting, and I look forward to audiences meeting them.”
Finding Alice will be executive produced by RED Production Company founder Nicola Shindler (Butterfly, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey) alongside Simon Nye (The Durrells, Tommy Cooper: Not Like That Like This, How Do You Want Me?), Keeley Hawes and Roger Goldby (The Durrells, The Musketeers, Call The Midwife).
The company said that Goldby will direct episodes 1, 2 and 3 and Juliet May (Motherland) will also direct.
The drama will be produced by Margot Gavan Duffy (The Queen and I, Two Doors Down, Boy Meets Girl).
Finding Alice will be internationally distributed by Studiocanal.