Netflix among TV nets to snag BBC Worldwide series

The latest acquisition for the U.S. market by the streaming service is The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
October 8, 2014

Netflix continues to position itself as a competitor to major international broadcasters by bidding on exclusive rights to TV series.

The latest acquisition, where the streaming service is the lone web-TV network to bid on a buzzy show, is BBC Worldwide’s The Honourable Woman (8 X 60 minutes). The series stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and follows a character who is at the forefront of negotiating a peace process in the Middle East.

Written, directed and produced by BAFTA winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line), the series was pre-sold to the Nordics (HBO) and France (Canal+) earlier this year. Just ahead of MIPCOM, BBC Worldwide announced Tuesday that the drama has also been sold to Israel (HOT), Canada (CBC), Iceland (RUV), Norway (TV2), Spain (Canal+),  South Africa (BBC Entertainment) and Australia (BBC First). Netflix picked up the U.S. rights.

The Honourable Woman is a Drama Republic and Eight Rooks Production for BBC and Sundance TV.

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