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Series cast summary:
 Nessa Stein (8 episodes, 2014)
 Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle (8 episodes, 2014)
 Atika Halabi (8 episodes, 2014)
 Rachel Stein (8 episodes, 2014)
 Ephra Stein (7 episodes, 2014)
 Dame Julia Walsh (7 episodes, 2014)
 Monica Chatwin (7 episodes, 2014)
 Shlomo Zahary (6 episodes, 2014)
Martin Hutson ...
 Max Boorman (6 episodes, 2014)
 Frances Pirsig (6 episodes, 2014)
 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)
 Magdi Muraji (4 episodes, 2014)
 Saleh Al-Zahid (4 episodes, 2014)
 Judah Ben-Shahar (4 episodes, 2014)
Ingrid Benussi ...
 Frances Pirsig No. 2 (4 episodes, 2014)
 Nathaniel Bloom (3 episodes, 2014)
 Jalal El-Amin (3 episodes, 2014)
 Kasim Halabi (3 episodes, 2014)
 Caleb Schwako (3 episodes, 2014)
 Zahid Al-Zahid (3 episodes, 2014)
Jacob Krichefski ...
 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)
 Nurse Marlene Dalloway (2 episodes, 2014)
 Aron Yavin (2 episodes, 2014)
Atticus Blick ...
 Israeli Soldier (2 episodes, 2014)
 Listening Room Man (2 episodes, 2014)
Ben Smith ...
 Michael Gatz (2 episodes, 2014)
Aymen Hamdouchi ...
 Muhammad Ibn Saeed (2 episodes, 2014)
 Brigadier General Harlan Berkoff (2 episodes, 2014)


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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Hugo Blick claimed to want someone with authority, intellect but also "otherness" to play the role of Nessa. He claimed that he knew Maggie Gyllenhaal was perfect for this "...the moment she stepped onto the floor". See more »


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Admirably ambitious if over-honourable
26 August 2014 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Hugo Blick's 'The Shadow Line' was an unusually complex, disturbing, stylish and odd thriller, and one of the best television dramas of recent years. With 'The Honorable Woman', he follows it up with an even more ambitious piece of work, a political drama set in the Middle East. There's much to enjoy here, but it's not quite in the same class as its predecessor. The stylishness at times slips into pretension; the plot is not just complex, but initially baffling - it takes a few episodes before one can actually understand what the story is really about. In addition, the central plot twist - a plan to get the United States government to recognise Palestinian statehood - doesn't seem realistic given the prevailing political climate in the U.S. Most problematic, though, is the choice of central character: the honourable woman, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, is indeed wholly honourable, though moving through a world of ruthless chancers. Moreoever, she's a millionairess, beautiful, capable of great public composure, and simultaneously running a large business and promoting peace in the world. It would be wrong to say that Gyllenhaal is anything other than good in the part - and yet, the character is written with an underlying strain of innate superiority. While the motives and capacities of every other character are questioned, I found it hard to sympathise with a heroine who uniquely is both morally whiter than white, and also, in conventional terms, hugely blessed by fortune of birth. While her philanthropic interests are in some senses admirable, I found myself wondering, what right does this person have to choose how to set the world to rights? - which wouldn't have been a problem if only this hadn't been the one question among dozens raised by the drama that the script seemed to have no interest in addressing. I'm being cruel here - this is still top notch stuff compared with the majority of television programs, both in execution and concept. It is, perhaps, just a little over-conceptualised - but it's still the most challenging series you're likely to watch this year.

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