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As seen on SundanceTV, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this tense thriller set against the complex tapestry of political and emotional conflict. As a child Nessa Stein witnesses the assassination of her father by the PLO. As an adult, equal parts idealist and pragmatist, she goes on to inherit his arms business, and changes its course to lay data cables between Israel and the West Bank. Her effort to reconcile the Israelis and Palestinians lands her an appointment to the House of Lords and creates an international political maelstrom, leaving her under the scrutiny of Whitehall and the CIA.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Empty Chair||Nessa Stein is a beautiful and powerful Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who strives for equality and peace in the Middle East, heading up the powerful Stein Foundation with her brother Ephra. A Palestinian businessman with connections to the family is killed, forcing Nessa and her family to become even more vigilant. With their actions closely monitored by Whitehall and the secret intelligence agencies, both at home and abroad, tensions increase when the young son of the nanny employed by Ephra, is kidnapped.||58:11||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Unfaithful Husband||With the hunt on for Atika's son, the head of MI6's Middle East desk Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle starts to look into who killed Meshal and why. However, Julia tells him to look in a different direction which means turning his attention to Nessa. As more of Nessa's past is uncovered, she receives a mysterious phone call from a man who threatens to divulge her secrets.||58:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Killing Call||The mysterious phone calls to Nessa become regular, threatening the kidnapped child's safety should she not do whatever is asked of her. Israeli family friend Shlomo Zahary has been rejected by Nessa as a future business partner on the grounds she believes she has uncovered corruption in his past. And Nessa's security advisor follows a lead he believes will help him uncover the identity of Kasim's kidnappers.||58:54||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Ribbon Cutter||Going back eight years, we see a younger Hayden-Hoyle making his way to the top of the spy business via an affair with current MI6 chief, Dame Julia Walsh who herself has made a pact with the ambitious Monica Chatwin who is now eyeing the top job. We also see how Ephra once controlled the Stein Empire and Nessa's consequent abduction in Gaza with Atika.||58:36||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTwo Hearts||Returning to the present day, it is Atika and Nessa's secret that the mysterious telephone voice is using to threaten Nessa. Meanwhile, at a University in Israel a computer science professor uncovers a corrupt admissions policy whereby Arab students are being denied places on courses in favor of Israelis.||58:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Mother Line||Kasim's life hangs in the balance as a new Palestinian businessman demands a partnership in Nessa's data cabling business in return for the boy's safety. The rejected Israeli, Shlomo Zahary, having proved his innocence from corruption and now in tandem with Hayden-Hoyle, begins to investigate exactly how the wiretap was initiated. Saleh Al-Zahid arrives in London intent on an unknown deadly purpose.||58:58||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Hollow Wall||Realizing Israeli powers had only ever wanted to use the Stein name, company and connections for their own political and intelligence affairs, Nessa angrily forges ahead with the data cabling initiative in partnership with Palestinian Jalal El-Amin. Events take a dark course when during a visit to the West Bank to launch the latest phase of data cabling, a bomb detonates.||57:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Paring Knife||Hayden-Hoyle realizes that Nessa has been manipulated to become a martyr by both Monica Chatwin, working for the Americans and Jalal El-Amin, working for the same Palestinian cell as Atika and Al-Zahid. He also discovers that Samir Meshal had been murdered by the Americans to stop this revelation.||58:50||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDVideoThe Honorable Woman: An Introduction||An introduction to this compelling new political drama starring the Oscar-nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal, and written by BAFTA award-winner Hugo Blick.||2:26||Free||View in iTunes|
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WOW! Again, I'm reminded why I love BBC productions. Great performances, excellent writing, superb filming and editing make this seem like a feature film. I count the days between episodes, waiting to see if the next is as spellbinding as the last.
Well written, acted and directed
Aloha - I have always considered myself a newbie to the Palestinian - Israeli conflict and am very interested in seeing where this show takes us - especially given the current third war since the Gaza Blockade and the increasingly horrible conditions in Gaza. Politics aside, the first episode was beautifully shot, costumes are superb and I felt the plot was realistic - at least thus far. The challenge for any show in this genre these days is to move past whatever challenge that Homeland has created. How will they tell this story with precision and sensitivity, with the responsibility to try and hew the line with fairness and objectivity (if such can be had in the Middle East?). I am an unabashed Maggie Gyllenhaal fan from the early days and not just for her beauty - her delicate nuanced portrayal of this woman was a deliciously done acting treat (as it was with so many of the other actors). Enough accolades for now - just a shout out for the great writing and hoping they can hold it together and avoid the slide into maudlin, unrealistic portrayals of stock characters. Always tough to do but the BBC is a different animal. Makes me want to act again and I wish I could - but only in show like this - with a conscience. Thanks for reading - David
Best show in years
Difference between British and US audiences:
-Britain —> The Honourable Woman (Superb modern spy thriller)
-US —> Tyrant (cheesy soap opera posing as “smart”)
Similar subject matter, but orders of magnitude differences in depth, plot, sophistication, suspense, character development, realism. If it was a US show, I would bet the bank that it would be cancelled after season 1 (like the superb Rubicon). Being a BBC production leaves me very hopeful!
Overall, a superb series.