Hollywood star Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Secretary) and acclaimed British actor Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch) will make their MIPTV debut next month to attend BBC Worldwide’s global launch of The Honourable Woman. The new drama by BAFTA award winning writer/director Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) will have its global premiere on the opening day of the international TV market (April 7).

The gripping eight-part drama, an Eight Rooks and Drama Republic Production for BBC co-produced with Sundance TV, will be screened at 3pm (Palais, Auditorium A) followed by an exclusive Q&A with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, creator Hugo Blick and Executive Producer Greg Brenman (Ripper Street).

Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman

There is already huge excitement from international broadcasters about this new drama. The combination of Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role and the creativity of Hugo Blick makes The Honourable Woman a must-see thriller. “We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming them, along with Greg Brenman from Drama Republic and the very talented Andrew Buchan, to Cannes,” said Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide.

Greg Brenman, Executive Producer and MD at Drama Republic, said: “We are delighted to premiere The Honourable Woman at an international event like MIPTV. The series explores universal themes of reconciliation, human and political conflict and emotional turmoil, all woven into the highly complex and emotionally charged tapestry of international politics. The drama, and its international cast, will hopefully resonate with audiences all over the world, making MIPTV an ideal place to launch this original and unrivalled drama.”

The Honourable Woman tells the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life. As a young girl, Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Now in her thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. But when she awards 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.

The Honourable Woman will air on BBC Two in the U.K. and on Sundance TV in the U.S. later this year.