The Honourable Woman won’t get a second series

Two episodes into Maggie Gyllenhaal's BBC2 drama and writer Hugo Blick has already revealed he has no plans to make any more

Bad news for anyone loving BBC2’s suspenseful new drama The Honourable Woman. Writer Hugo Blick has revealed he has no plans to create a second series.


Speaking at the TCA summer press tour, Blick lays his decision down loud and clear: “Part of the trust we offer the audience is that it’s this story [and only this story]. We’re not trying to wink and say ‘Maybe there’s another one.’ It’s got something profoundly engaging to say… because the conclusion it takes is final.”

The show stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein – a businesswoman and newly-created peer in the House of Lords who, as a child, watched her Israeli arms dealing father brutally murdered in a busy restaurant. Now an adult and running her family’s charitable foundation, she must negotiate a life of politics, power and constant danger.  

Gyllenhaal has talked to Radio Times about how much her role has made an impact: “I think this changed me. I read things now and I think, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ The Honourable Woman changed me as an artist and as a person. And things just don’t excite me in the same way anymore.”

At least fans can look forward to six more episodes and – hopefully – a satisfying finale when The Honourable Woman concludes later this summer. 


The Honourable Woman continues Thursday at 9pm on BBC2