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This TV spy thriller focuses around a woman - Nessa Stein - who takes an unusual situation and twists it. Nessa Stein comes into her father's fortune that included his international arms business. Using this windfall and her passions, she finds herself in the middle of an even larger conflict - the Israel-Palestinian one to be exact. She works on negotiating peace between the two groups and is thrust into a conflict of her own.

This TV spy drama focuses on numerous conflicts. On one level it deals with real life, international drama that is currently being experienced and has been for years. Bringing it to a micro-level, the people are left dealing with Nessa's conflicts: of her father's death, of her family's reaction, and of her friends and enemies who may go to great lengths to stop her.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC TWO
1 Season, 8 Episodes
July 3, 2014
Action & Adventure, Drama
8.1/10
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Rea, Lubna Azabal, Katherine Parkinson
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The Honourable Woman Full Episode Guide

  • Hayden Hoyle realises that Nessa has been manipulated into becoming a martyr for both the Americans and by Jalal.

  • Having realised that Israeli powers only ever wanted to use the Stein and company and connections for their own agenda, Nessa presses ahead with the data cabling partnership with Palestinian Jalal El-Amin.

  • Nessa finds out that it was Ephra who ordered the wiretap whilst Kasim's life hangs in the balance as a new Palestinian businessman, Jalal El-Amin, wants a partnership in Nessa's data cabling business in return for his safety.

  • Nessa finds out a secret which Atika has kept from her and feels a deep betrayal. At a University in Israel a computer science professor learns about a corrupt admissions policy in which Arab students are being denied places on courses in favour of students from Israel.

  • We follow a younger Hayden Hoyle as he makes his way to the top of the spy business, by sleeping with MI6 chief Dame Julia Walsh. Julia double crosses Hayden when a pact is revealed between her and the ambitious Monica Chatwin. Flashbacks also show how Ephra manages to control the Stein empire and Nessa's abduction in Gaza.

  • The mysterious phone calls to Nessa become more frequent and she is threatened with kidnapped child Kasim's safety unless she does whatever is asked of her. Shlomo Zahary has been rejected by Nessa as a future business partner is she thinks she has found corruption in his past, a charge he rejects.

  • Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, the leader of M16 looks into the death of Meshal. Julia however believes he's looking in the wrong places. Nessa receives a mysterious phone call who threatens to reveal details of her past.

  • Nessa Stein's whose father used to be a Zionist arms procurer as she she and her brother were growing up they saw his assassination. As an adult, she has inherited her father's company and she dramatically changes its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. After being being appointed to the House of Lords it creates an international political maelstrom.

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