BBC Two has released the first trailer for their upcoming 8 episode drama series The Honourable Woman.
The Honourable Woman follows Nessa Stein who, as a child witnessed the assassination of her father who was a Zionist arms procurer. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment as a life peer, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom. Following the murder of a Palestinian business man, Samir Meshal, after he had just been awarded the latest cabling contract, Nessa and her brother Ephra find themselves placed under the scrutiny of both Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
The eight episode series was created by Hugo Blick and was originally commissioned by then BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson back in August 2012, with US basic cable network SundanceTV boarding as a co-producer in June 2013. The Honourable Woman is being produced by Eight Rooks & Drama Republic and features a large cast which includes, amongst others, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Janet McTeer, Tobias Menzies, Stephen Rea, Lindsay Duncan, Andrew Buchan, Katherine Parkinson, Lubna Azabal, Genevieve O’Reilly and Igal Naor. The executive producers are Polly Hill, Hugo Blick and Greg Brenman.