If you enjoyed the multi-award winning BBC2 thriller The Honourable Woman starring Maggie Gyllenhaal in the title role, then you’ll be interested to learn that the drama’s writer and director Hugo Blick (main picture, far right) is hard at work on another eight-part epic for the BBC.
It’s setting? The International Criminal Court in The Hague which (unlike the Yellow Pages) is there for the nasty things in life: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the like.
Blick tells RadioTimes.com that he has been to some interesting international underworld havens as part of the project’s rigorous research for the project – which was honourable of him.
The Honourable Woman has won a heap of awards since it aired last summer. It starred Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein – a businesswoman and newly-created peer in the House of Lords who, as a child, watched her Israeli arms-dealer father brutally murdered in a busy restaurant.
Blick has enjoyed wide success as a writer and director. His roll call of credits include the improvised police comedy Operation Good Guys, Marion and Geoff which starred Rob Brydon as a hapless cab driver, and the dramas The Shadow Line and Sensitive Skin.
He also has cult status among superhero fans as the man who played the young Joker who killed Bruce Wayne’s family in Tim Burton’s Batman while delivering the memorable line: “Did you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”
“Friends find it useful when I am round at dinner and they want their children to go to bed,” joked Blick.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.