Sundance Channel’s first wholly owned original drama “Rectify” has been one of this year’s more critically acclaimed shows, and the network has both renewed it for a second season and greenlit another original, “The Descendants” (not based on the movie). But Sundance Channel has also been stepping up its international co-productions, like the Jane Campion miniseries “Top of the Lake,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has brought the network a lot of attention.
Sundance’s latest co-production deal is with the BBC for “The Honourable Woman,” an eight-part miniseries starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Secretary”), directed by Hugo Blick (“The Shadow Line”), executive produced by Drama Republic’s Greg Brenman (“Billy Elliot”) and produced by Abi Bach (“Small Island”).
“The Honourable Woman” is a thriller centered around Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), who, alongside her brother, as a child witnessed the assassination of their father, a Zionist arms procurer. As an adult, she’s turned her dad’s company into one that lays high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank, and her apparent work on behalf of reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians leads to her appointment to the House of Lords, causing international political tension.
Set in the U.K., the U.S. and the Middle East and slated to film on location starting next month, “The Honourable Woman” is being produced by Eight Rooks and Drama Republic Production, and is executive produced by Blick, Brenman and Polly Hill for the BBC. It will air on Sundance Channel in the US and BBC Two in the UK in 2014.