DESCRIPTION: (from Sundance Channel's press release, June 2013) Sundance Channel announced today it has signed a co-production deal with BBC Worldwide, North America on the original mini-series THE HONOURABLE WOMAN starring Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight, Secretary). The announcement comes following Sundance Channel's recent renewal of critically acclaimed original series "Rectify," and as it prepares for its next original drama series "The Descendants" (working title). The eight part mini-series is a suspenseful thriller written and directed by BAFTA(R) winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) and executive produced by Drama Republic's Greg Brenman ("Low Winter Sun," Billy Elliot) and produced by Abi Bach (Small Island). THE HONOURABLE WOMAN is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop. With Blick's distinctive rhythmic style and vision as both a writer and director, he brings together a compelling drama about family inheritance, international business and world politics. Nessa Stein's (MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL) father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. 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 to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.