The Honorable Woman

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (11,498)

The Honorable Woman is a gripping political thriller television series that aired on BBC Two in 2014, starring some of the most talented actors in the industry, including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Rea, and Lubna Azabal. The show has won critical acclaim for its thought-provoking storyline, stellar performances by the cast, and its realistic portrayal of the complex and often tumultuous world of international politics.

The plot of the show revolves around the life of Nessa Stein (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal), the daughter of a prominent Israeli arms dealer who becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue and deceit after taking over her father's company. Nessa is determined to use the company's expertise to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians and becomes involved in a high-stakes political struggle that threatens to tear apart her family and compromise her ideals.

As the series unfolds, we see Nessa become the center of a series of high-profile events that are both thrilling and dangerous. She faces numerous obstacles and challenges, including the sudden death of her father, who is found hanged in his hotel room in the West Bank. Nessa believes that her father's death was an assassination and sets out to uncover the truth behind his murder.

The story is further complicated by the fact that Nessa's father was deeply involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and her family has many enemies on both sides of the divide. As Nessa's investigation deepens, she becomes more and more entangled in a complex web of espionage and subterfuge, and it soon becomes clear that she cannot trust anyone.

The show is beautifully written, with complex characters and a deeply layered plot that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. Maggie Gyllenhaal is brilliant as Nessa, bringing both strength and vulnerability to the role. Her performance is nuanced and captivating, and she is able to convey the complexity of the character's emotions with incredible skill.

The supporting cast is equally impressive, with Stephen Rea playing a disgraced MI6 agent who becomes involved in Nessa's investigation, and Lubna Azabal playing a Palestinian woman who has her own reasons for wanting to uncover the truth behind Nessa's father's death. Both actors deliver outstanding performances, bringing depth and nuance to their respective characters.

Overall, The Honorable Woman is a highly ambitious and intelligent drama that deals with important issues of international politics, terrorism, and the Middle East conflict. It is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys political thrillers and compelling character drama. The show is gripping, tense, and emotionally charged, and the performances by the cast are outstanding.

The Honorable Woman is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on July 3, 2014.

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The Paring Knife
9. The Paring Knife
August 21, 2014
Hayden-Hoyle uncovers that Nessa has been manipulated both by people close to her and by governments intent on exploiting her work. A thrilling climax in the desert wastelands sees Nessa fighting to save her life and the kidnapped child's as she attempts to make her way home.
The Hollow Wall
8. The Hollow Wall
August 14, 2014
Hayden-Hoyle uncovers an international government cover-up in relation to the Stein wiretap and Ephra is drawn into making a fatal mistake. In Palestine, an act of terrorism stuns the Stein family and the wider international community and has far reaching repercussions.
The Sibling Split
7. The Sibling Split
August 15, 2014
Nessa confronts Ephra over his corrupt practices while he was at the helm of the family company, leaving Kasim's life hanging in the balance. Saleh Al-Zahid arrives in London intent on an unknown purpose. Hayden-Hoyle figures out the truth.
The Mother Line
6. The Mother Line
August 7, 2014
When a Palestinian businessman makes Nessa an offer regarding the cabling initiative in the Middle East, Nessa discovers the full cost of her release from captivity eight years ago.
The Puppet Mistress
5. The Puppet Mistress
July 31, 2014
Going back eight years, we see a younger Hayden-Hoyle making his way to the top of the spy business courtesy of an affair with current MI6 chief Dame Julia Walsh, who herself has made a pact with the ambitious Monica Chatwin, who also has eyes on the top job. As Atika and Nessa remain in captivity, the secret that bonds them is revealed.
The Ribbon Cutter
4. The Ribbon Cutter
July 24, 2014
Going back eight years, a younger Hayden-Hoyle climbs the ranks of MI6 whilst Nessa and Atika endure atrocities during their time held captive in Gaza and their captors scheme as to how she can best serve their cause.
The Killing Call
3. The Killing Call
July 17, 2014
Nessa's security advisor follows a lead as he hunts down the missing boy. Meanwhile, her brother Ephra makes a startling discovery that could blow the family, and its work, apart.
The Unfaithful Husband
2. The Unfaithful Husband
July 10, 2014
Nessa's past, including her kidnap eight years previously in Gaza, is dug up by MI6 boss Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, who is intent on getting answers despite being blocked by the CIA.
The Empty Chair
1. The Empty Chair
July 3, 2014
Powerful businesswoman Nessa Stein is thrown head-first into a game of political cat-and-mouse when a Palestinian businessman with close connections to her family's empire is killed.
Where to Watch The Honorable Woman
The Honorable Woman is available for streaming on the BBC Two website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Honorable Woman on demand at Max.
  • Premiere Date
    July 3, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (11,498)