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article imageThe Honourable Woman: Second season ruled out by Hugo Blick

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 18, 2014 in Entertainment
Hugo Blick has ruled out a follow-up to "The Honourable Woman", his current eight-part spy-thriller series starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The Honourable Woman is currently airing in the UK on BBC Two. It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (White House Down) in the title role of Nessa Stein, Baroness Stein of Tilbury, an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who heads the family business, the Stein Group.
Other cast members include EastEnders regular Kierston Wareing, Stephen Rea (Single-Handed), playing the MI6 team leader Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, Tobias Menzies (Outlander), Yigal Naor (Rendition), Genevieve O'Reilly (Banished), Janet McTeer (Maleficent), as Head of MI6, Dame Julia Walsh, Lindsay Duncan (Le Week-End), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch) and Lubna Azabal (Rock the Casbah).
As relayed by Digital Spy, Blick made the announcement while speaking at the TCA summer press tour,
"Part of the trust we offer the audience is that it's [only] this story," Blick said, referring to the current run of the series. "We're not trying to wink and say 'Maybe there's another one.'"
Blick's assertion is in contrast to what happened last year with another BBC Two thriller series: The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey).
The conclusion of The Fall left the story wide open for a return; which, and to the displeasure of many viewers, was actually announced when the series was only a few episodes in.
Of The Honourable Woman, however, Blick told the TCA audience: "It's got something profoundly engaging to say... because the conclusion it takes is final."
The Honourable Woman: Nessa Stein  Baroness Stein of Tilbury (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
The Honourable Woman: Nessa Stein, Baroness Stein of Tilbury (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
These days, there is increasing pressure within the television-drama sector to repeat the success of a particular series with a further episodes. It happened with the Line of Duty — the Joe Mercurio-created police drama that starred Lennie James (Low Winter Sun), Martin Compston (Soulboy) and Vicky McClure (Broadchurch) which after a successful first season in 2013 was followed by an immediate re-commission. Subsequently, after an even more successful second run — in which Keeley Hawes (Doctor Who) joined Compston and McClure — two further seasons were commissioned by the channel.
Blick's previous drama series for BBC Two was 2011's very well-received The Shadow Line, a seven-part thriller that starred Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, Rafe Spall (who is the son of 2014 Cannes-winning actor Timothy Spall), Robert Pugh (most recently seen on BBC One in Common, Jimmy McGovern's affecting 90-minute 'joint enterprise' drama), Freddie Fox (soon to be seen in the Matthew Warchus-directed film, Pride, which tells the story of how a group of gay-rights activisists joined an unlikely alliance with people from a small Welsh mining village during the 1984 miners' strike) and, once again, Stephen Rea, this time playing the mysterious and sinister Gatehouse.
Family business
Married to the actor Peter Sarsgaard, (Robot & Frank), Maggie Gyllenhaal is the daughter of film director Stephen Gyllenhaal (Grassroots) and screenwriter Naomi Foner (Very Good Girls). Her brother is the actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Sister and brother have both starred together as sister and brother, in Donnie Darko, the cult 2001 movie directed by Richard Kelly (Southland Tales).
As announced elsewhere, the fall sees The Fall return to BBC Two with six new episodes. The Honourable Woman, meanwhile, which began its run on the channel on July 3, continues on Thursday evenings into next month. It is due to receive its US television premiere on SundanceTV on Thursday, July 31,
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