Netflix adds crime thriller based on true story with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Keeley Hawes in Honour.
(Image credit: ITV)

If you're looking for something new to watch on Netflix — and you don't mind something with a dark subject matter — then you'll be glad to hear that it's just added a two-part miniseries which scored a flawless 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

This show is called Honour, and it came out in 2020. It aired on ITV in September of the year and it stars Keeley Hawes, Rhianne Barreto, Alexa Davies, Moe Bar-El and Mark Stanley.

Honour follows DCI Caroline Goode, played by Hawes, as she investigates the disappearance of 20-year-old Iraqi expat Banaz Mahmod along with her team at the London Met Police's Homicide and Series Crime Command. Over two episodes we learn more about the fate of Mahmod as Goode hunts for clues, and then for those who are responsible.

The show looks at both the work by the police to get to the bottom of the case, and its internal failings which caused the events to happen in the first place.

This story is a retelling of real events, about the honor killing of Banaz Mahmod in 2006. It's a horrifying case but if you read into it before watching Honour, you might spoil some of the mystery within.

Two of the figures in the story, Goode and the victim's sister Behkal, actually consulted on the show. So you know it's going to be fairly accurate.

Honour was added to Netflix on Monday, July 8 (or today, if you're reading this on the day it was published). Prior to its addition, it sat at a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes critics score, though without enough audience feedback to get an audience score.

Reviews weren't actually perfect, and some were quite mixed, but by virtue of the way Rotten Tomatoes works (it takes a generalist look at whether a review was positive or negative, rather than factoring in any nuance), the overall score is stellar.

With Netflix's new additions recently being mostly Originals, there hasn't been much for fans of hard-boiled crime and police thrillers. So while Honour only consists of two episodes, it's still going to give you something to watch while you wait for the new Netflix line-up to give you more crime.

Tom Bedford
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