28 September 2020 20:32
ITV's new two-part drama, Honour, will air the first part today, Monday, September 28 after being pushed back months following the coronavirus outbreak. Written by Gwyneth Hughes – writer for ITV's Vanity Fair – Honour focuses on a Detective Chief Inspector's quest for justice following a disturbing 'honour killing' of an Iraqi-Kurdish woman. Honour is a factual drama that re-creates the real-life 'honour killing' of Banaz Mahmod, who was murdered in 2006 by members of her own family for falling in love with the wrong man. The drama tells the true story of Banaz Mahmod, who was ordered to be murdered by her family. The real-life case of Banaz Mahmod saw the 20-year-old woman murdered on the orders of her family in because she ended a violent and abusive forced marriage and started a new relationship of her choosing.
Keeley will play the real life DCI Caroline Goode who fought for Banaz's justice (Picture: Hera/ITV) DCI Caroline Goode is the real-life former Scotland Yard detective who investigated the case of Banaz Mahmod. Rhianne Barreto stars as the sister of 20-year-old victim (Picture: Hera/ITV) In real life, Banaz Mahmod had tried to seek police help five times before her murder (Picture: Hera/ITV) DS Stuart Reeves is a police detective investigating the death of Banaz Mahmod in 2006. DCI Caroline Goode and others persevered for justice for Banaz (Picture: Hera/ITV) Davies plays Keilly Jones, an analyst working on the police investigation into the disappearance and murder of Banaz Mahmod. In real life, Banaz did manage to find some happiness with a partner before her callous murder (Picture: Hera/ITV) Bar-El plays Rahmant, the boyfriend of Banaz Mahmod, and the man she left her abusive husband for. Honour is a new two-part drama based on the real-life 'honour killing' of Banaz Mahmod, who was from Mitcham.
Talking about the ITV drama which is based on real-life events, Keeley said: " It is a privilege to be working on Honour as Buddy Club's first ever project. "Banaz Mahmod's story, and DCI Goode's subsequent investigation, is certainly one that needs to be told and I am proud to be a part of it." When it was first announced that the murder of Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old British Muslim woman, was going to be the subject of a TV drama, there was some backlash. Furquan Akhtar, a writer for film and television who has worked on titles for Sky, Netflix and the BBC, tweeted: "It shifts the story from being about her [Banaz] to the white detective who "got her justice". ITV have announced a drama about Banaz Mahmod. Vinay Patel, a screenwriter and playwright whose credits include Doctor Who, The Good Karma Hospital and Murdered by My Father, a film which tells the fictional story of an "honour" killing, also took issue with a statement released by the drama's screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes in which she described the story as 'uplifting'.
The work that Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Caroline Goode and her team did to unearth what happened to Banaz is remarkable. But to describe Honour as "uplifting" is at the very least tactless given that a young woman with her whole life ahead of her was murdered, betrayed by the people who were supposed to love and protect her. But even with that avenue blocked off, this feels like Goode's story, not Banaz's, and describing the drama as "uplifting" further emphasises that. Honour airs tonight (Monday, September 28) at 9pm on ITV. Honour will air its first episode tonight (Monday, September 28) on ITV. The series recounts the heartbreaking events of 2006 regarding the murder of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod. Honour will star The Bodyguard and Line of Duty actress Keeley Hawes as DCI Caroline Goode. Goode was the officer in charge of the investigation into the disappearance of Banaz Mahmod back in 2006. Honour: The body of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod was found in a suitcase in Birmingham in 2006. ITV's drama Honour will tell the story of what happened and how DCI Goode managed to get the evidence to put the culprits away for life. Honour: The family of Banaz Mahmod was responsible for her murder. I love and miss her." Hawes who plays Goode in Honour said she felt a huge responsibility when she took on the role. HONOUR is a brand new two-part drama based on the real-life "honour killing" of Banaz Mahmod. The ITV show is set to air tonight (September 28) and will tell the story of Mahmod and the murder investigation that followed. 4 ITV's drama Honour is based on the real-life 'honour killing' of Banaz Mahmod Credit: PA:Press Association Honour will air on ITV at 9pm tonight (September 28). 4 Keeley Hawes stars as Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode Credit: PA:Press Association Keeley Hawes plays DCI Caroline Goode. 4 Drama Honour focuses on the police investigation to find Banaz Mahmod Credit: PA:Press Association The series has attracted controversy after Banaz's sister, Payzee Mahmod, 30, claimed the two-part drama focuses on Ms Hawes's character Detective Caroline Goode instead of her dead sibling, an Iraqi Kurd. MORE ABOUT HONOUR FAMILY MURDER Who was Banaz Mahmod and what was her cause of death? "Banaz Mahmod's story, and DCI Goode's subsequent investigation, is certainly one that needs to be told and I am proud to be a part of it."