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The Honourable Woman 

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Centres on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in an international maelstrom as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Series cast summary:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ...  Nessa Stein 8 episodes, 2014
Stephen Rea ...  Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle 8 episodes, 2014
Lubna Azabal ...  Atika Halabi 8 episodes, 2014
Katherine Parkinson ...  Rachel Stein 8 episodes, 2014
Janet McTeer ...  Dame Julia Walsh 8 episodes, 2014
Eve Best ...  Monica Chatwin 8 episodes, 2014
Lindsay Duncan ...  Anjelica Hayden-Hoyle 8 episodes, 2014
Andrew Buchan ...  Ephra Stein 7 episodes, 2014
Igal Naor ...  Shlomo Zahary 7 episodes, 2014
Philip Arditti ...  Saleh Al-Zahid 7 episodes, 2014
Genevieve O'Reilly ...  Frances Pirsig 7 episodes, 2014
Martin Hutson ...  Max Boorman 6 episodes, 2014
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ...  Daniel Borgoraz 6 episodes, 2014
Tobias Menzies ...  Nathaniel Bloom 5 episodes, 2014
Nicole Lopes Nicole Lopes ...  Mazel Stein 5 episodes, 2014
Oliver Bodur ...  Kasim Halabi 4 episodes, 2014
Reeve Fletcher Reeve Fletcher ...  Hannah Stein 4 episodes, 2014
George Georgiou ...  Magdi Muraji 4 episodes, 2014
Nicholas Woodeson ...  Judah Ben-Shahar 4 episodes, 2014
Ingrid Benussi Ingrid Benussi ...  Frances Pirsig No. 2 4 episodes, 2014
Raad Rawi ...  Jalal El-Amin 3 episodes, 2014
John Mackay ...  Caleb Schwako 3 episodes, 2014
Nasser Memarzia ...  Zahid Al-Zahid 3 episodes, 2014
Jacob Krichefski ...  Yaniv Levi 3 episodes, 2014
Justin Shevlin ...  Tom Crace 2 episodes, 2014
Claire-Louise Cordwell Claire-Louise Cordwell ...  Gail Gatz 2 episodes, 2014
Lois Ellington Lois Ellington ...  Young Nessa / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Aidan Stephenson Aidan Stephenson ...  Eli Stein 2 episodes, 2014
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ...  Commander Garrett 2 episodes, 2014
Suzann McLean Suzann McLean ...  Nurse Marlene Dalloway 2 episodes, 2014
Richard Katz ...  Aron Yavin 2 episodes, 2014
Atticus Blick Atticus Blick ...  Israeli Soldier 2 episodes, 2014
Julian Firth ...  Ernest Blakefield 2 episodes, 2014
Yaron Shavit ...  Listening Room Man 2 episodes, 2014
Ben Smith Ben Smith ...  Michael Gatz 2 episodes, 2014
Julian Spencer Julian Spencer ...  Abductor 2 episodes, 2014
Aymen Hamdouchi ...  Muhammad Ibn Saeed 2 episodes, 2014
Liza Sadovy ...  British News Reporter 2 episodes, 2014
Patrick Poletti Patrick Poletti ...  American News Reporter 2 episodes, 2014
Martin McDougall ...  Brigadier General Harlan Berkoff 2 episodes, 2014
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ...  British News Reporter 2 episodes, 2014
Abdellatif Touhfi Abdellatif Touhfi ...  Qadi 2 episodes, 2014


Centres on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in an international maelstrom as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

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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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Slow-Burning Yet Compelling Thriller Focusing on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
30 July 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee 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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31 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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