Hollywood star Maggie Gyllenhaal will take the lead in a new BBC series that is backed by US cable network Sundance Channel.
The Honourable Woman is a seven-part series from writer Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line), which is described as a labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop involving Whitehall, MI6, Washington, the CIA, Israel and Palestine.
Gyllehaal will play the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who is assassinated. Later she inherits his business and begins laying data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. In her thirties, she is appointed a life peer due to her work reconciling the Israelis and Palestinians, creating an international maelstrom.
The Honourable Woman is the first project for new production company Drama Republic, led by former Tiger Aspect head of drama Greg Brenman, alongside Hugo Blick’s Eight Rooks Productions and co-produced by Sundance Channel.
The series is executive produced by Blick, Brenman and Polly Hill for the BBC. Abi Bach produces.
BBC Worldwide has picked up international distribution rights.
The Honourable Woman is set in the UK, the Middle East and America, and will film on location from mid-July 2013.
It will broadcast on BBC Two and Sundance Channel in 2014.