UK-shot The Honourable Woman premieres on BBC tonight
BBC Worldwide and the Sundance Channel’s major new television drama The Honourable Woman premieres on the UK’s BBC Two tonight, before being shown on US channel Sundance from Thursday 31st July. The political thriller is one of an ever-increasing number of major television productions being made in the UK, highlighting the draw of both the High-End Television Tax Relief introduced last April and the world-class production resources available.
Written, directed and produced by the UK’s Hugo Blick and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Crazy Heart) this spy thriller series follows powerful businesswoman Nessa Stein, played by Gyllenhaal, and her campaign for peace in the Middle East. Nessa finds herself, along with her brother (played by Broachchurch’s Andrew Buchan), under scrutiny from Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service leading to massive political repercussions, treachery and deceit.
Filming across the UK
Filmed on location in England and Morocco, the seven part series particularly captures striking images of the UK’s capital. “That first episode especially has some great shots in it. You just get a great sense of London, and seeing some of the landmarks in passing,” says Producer Abi Bach. Buckinghamshire in south east England is also featured heavily in the series including the scenic Langley Park, with the production constructing interiors to double up for Nessa’s apartments and place of business. Location support in London and Buckinghamshire was provided by BFC partner-organisations Film London and Creative England respectively.
In addition to Hugo Blick and Abi Bach, UK behind-the-camera talent also featured Cinematographer Zac Nicholsen, with The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson joining the star cast. With another high-profile series showcasing great British talent following on from the recent success of 24: Live Another Day, it is proving to be a very exciting time for high-end TV production in the UK.