FINDING Alice bosses have revealed the heart-breaking real life losses that inspired Keeley Hawes’ new bereavement drama.
The new ITV series follows widow Alice after the death of her beloved husband of 20 years, Harry.
After Harry’s death, she struggles with overwhelming feelings of loss, abandonment and disorientation, and now the show’s bosses have revealed the real life losses that inspired the series.
Creator Simon Nye said: “After Alice’s husband’s death, she struggles with overwhelming feelings of loss, abandonment and disorientation.”
Fellow creator Roger Goldby added: “I read various books on grief, including A Grief Observed by CS Lewis, and looked through the various online resources, websites, blogs, etc. that are there to offer help and support for those who are grieving.
“And of course, as Simon says, we both have our own experiences and those of people we know.
“When you are grieving there is this notion of life goes on. Life goes on around you but not for you.
“My sister died very suddenly aged 27. You do cry and you get very emotional, but then the next moment you can be laughing, and there will be times when you’re just normal, whatever normal is!?”
As Alice continues to settle into her new home, she uncovers an unsettling secret Harry had desperately tried to hide.
His dark trail of debt, suspicion and criminality leaves her blindsided.
Roger added: ““She’s in shock, and alone, in a very separate space to everyone else. You don’t change character just because there’s a bereavement.
“She is what she was before. But everything has just become accentuated. Harry was a bit of a rock in their relationship. He would deal with money, the business and sort everything out. Alice was more spontaneous.
“Now he’s suddenly gone it’s like she’s lost her filter. Alice can be quite selfish but she’s not a nasty selfish. It’s understandable.”
Finding Alice begins tonight at 9pm on ITV.