CANNES– French pay TV giant Canal Plus has acquired Hugo Blick’s “The Honorable Woman,” the politically engaged series toplining Maggie Gyllenhaal, which world-premieres today at Mip TV.
“The Honorable Woman” turns on Nessa Stein, a young woman who witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and stands at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But after awarding a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman, who is later found dead, she finds herself under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service.
Repped by BBC Worldwide, the drama was produced by Drama Republic and Eight Rooks for the BBC. The U.S. channel Sundance TV co-produced.
Gyllenhaal will attend the premiere of the show today, along with co-star Andrew Buchan, exec producer Greg Brenman (Ripper Street) and Blick, writer-director of “The Shadow Line.” The screening will be followed by a Q&A.
“The Honorable Woman” was just acquired by HBO Nordic. Canal Plus will start airing the show in 2015.
Canal Plus also nabbed “Halt And Catch Fire,” AMC’s new hit skein, for its recently-launched Canal Plus Series channel.