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Centers on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in a international maelstrom when as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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 Nessa Stein (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Atika Halabi (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Rachel Stein (8 episodes, 2014)
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 Ephra Stein (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Dame Julia Walsh (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Monica Chatwin (7 episodes, 2014)
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 Shlomo Zahary (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Max Boorman (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Frances Pirsig (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Anjelica Hayden-Hoyle (6 episodes, 2014)
Paul Herzberg ...
 Daniel Borgoraz (6 episodes, 2014)
Nicole Lopes ...
 Mazel Stein (5 episodes, 2014)
Reeve Fletcher ...
 Hannah Stein (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Magdi Muraji (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Saleh Al-Zahid (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Judah Ben-Shahar (4 episodes, 2014)
Ingrid Benussi ...
 Frances Pirsig No. 2 (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Nathaniel Bloom (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Jalal El-Amin (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Kasim Halabi (3 episodes, 2014)
John Mackay ...
 Caleb Schwako (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Zahid Al-Zahid (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Yaniv Levi (3 episodes, 2014)
Justin Shevlin ...
 Tom Crace (2 episodes, 2014)
Lois Ellington ...
 Young Nessa / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Aidan Stephenson ...
 Eli Stein (2 episodes, 2014)
Rupert Frazer ...
 Commander Garrett (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Nurse Marlene Dalloway (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Aron Yavin (2 episodes, 2014)
Atticus Blick ...
 Israeli Soldier (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Listening Room Man (2 episodes, 2014)
Ben Smith ...
 Michael Gatz (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Muhammad Ibn Saeed (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Brigadier General Harlan Berkoff (2 episodes, 2014)
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Centers on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in a international maelstrom when as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Would you trust this woman?

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31 July 2014 (USA)  »

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The Honorable Woman  »

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BBC Controller Ben Stephenson had felt that his previous commission of a series from Hugo Blick, The Shadow Line (2011), was a great success and was very keen to repeat the opportunity of working with Blick again. See more »

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Featured in The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) See more »

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Slow-Burning Yet Compelling Thriller Focusing on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
30 July 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers have commented - often derogatorily - on the slowness of Hugo Blick's production. However this is a deliberate technique that not only builds up tension - nothing is quite what it seems in the Steins' world - but also indicates the complexity of the issues tackled in this series. While Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and her brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan) appear philanthropic on the surface, using their wealth to foster better relationships between the Israelis and the Palestinians - they are also involved in underhand schemes, none of which are overtly revealed in the opening episodes. Instead director Blick uses a montage technique comprised of short scenes which might appear meaningless in themselves, but which cumulatively build up a picture of the Stein family's way of life in the present as well as the past. It is the viewers' responsibility to put these pieces of information together and try and work out what is going on. This task is often difficult, as Blick brings in characters who superficially seem to have nothing to do with the main plot-lines. It is only later on - in subsequent episodes - that we discover what their role in the overall story actually is. This technique draws attention to the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where it is often very difficult to identify who one's allies or one's enemies actually are. People have to be taken at face value, until one gets to know them. THE HONOURABLE WOMAN takes a bit of time to get going, but by the fourth episode it has gained in momentum, not only explaining the Stein family's shady past, but showing how the British security forces, led by Julia Walsh (Janet McTeer) and Hugo Hayden-Hoyle (Stephen Rea) have to get their hands morally dirty in order to make sense of what they are doing. There are no heroes or villains in this world; the most successful people are those who know how to play the system by forging and re-forging alliances, as well as exploiting others for personal gain. Viewers need to be a little patient with this series; if they do so, they will be amply rewarded.


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