Keeley Hawes confirms Finding Alice will return for a second series – but fans face a VERY long wait

KEELEY Hawes has confirmed Finding Alice is set to return for a second series – but fans face a VERY long wait.

The black comedy sees Keeley, 45, star as Alice, a widow who is struggling tocope with the death of her husband after moving into their dream home.

The announcement comes after the first series finished airing on ITV.

Keeley, who is also executive producer on the show, said in a statement: "I'm so pleased to be reuniting with the brilliant team behind Finding Alice for a second series.

"We've been honoured to hear from so many viewers who have related to Alice's experience of grief, and look forward to sharing the next stage of her journey."

Excited fans will have to wait until at least the end of next year for new episodes though, as ITV also announced filming will start in February 2022.

Fellow cast members include Isabelle Pappas as Alice's daughter Charlotte, Joanna Lumley, Nigel Havers, Rhashan Stone, Gemma Jones and Sharon Rooney.

The end of series one saw Alice no closer to finding out the identity of her husband's murderer.

Instead her investigations had revealed a secret son and the discovery of her husband's frozen sperm.

The second series will take place a year on and is set to explore the "consequences of Alice deciding to have her dead husband's baby and the impact this decision has on her friends and family."

Sarah Doole, CEO of Red Production Company, added: "Finding Alice is a terrific story, brought to life through a fantastic cast and crew.

"It's been a brilliant antidote to lockdown as these fantastic viewing figures show, and the team at Red Production Company can't wait to bring more of Alice's life to ITV viewers."

Last month some accused show bosses of deliberately leaving loose ends at the end of the series because it was "just setting up for another series", labelling the finale "lazy" and "unsatisfying".

"Passable black comedy … but what was that ending?! Just trying to get a second season out of it," wrote one Twitter user.

Another added: "Just finished watching #FindingAlice There must be another planned series? That ending didn't tie up any of the lose ends or answer questions. I hate when you invest your time into a drama TV series and you get a flat ending. I feel it's an insult to viewers."

A third said: "Did anyone else find the ending of #findingalice sooooo disappointing (in fact, I'm sorry, but the whole series was.) I so wanted Someone to get their comeuppance. I get that it paves the way for another series (which I won't be watching) but was so frustrating and unsatisfying."

Episodes of Finding Alice are available to watch on the ITV Hub.

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