Airdate: The Honourable Woman

Picture shows: Nessa Stein (MAGGIE GYLLENHALL)BBC First premieres 8 part thriller The Honourable Woman, written and directed by BAFTA winner Hugo Blick, set against the international political backdrop of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

The cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight), Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line), Lindsay Duncan (The Hollow Crown), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Lubna Azabal (Occupation), Tobias Menzies (Game Of Thrones), Genevieve O’Reilly (Spooks) and Igal Naor (House Of Saddam).

The series centres around Nessa Stein played by Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. As a child Nessa Stein witnessed the assassination of her father by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Now in her thirties she is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. After a Palestinian businessman who she awards a lucrative contract is killed, Nessa and her brother come under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service. Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage, the series tells the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life.

8:30pm Monday September 15 BBC First.

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