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About THE HONOURABLE WOMAN & Episode Guides

About THE HONOURABLE WOMAN & Episode Guides

The Honourable Woman Premiered on BBC Two on July 03, 2014

About the Show:
The Honourable Woman is described as a fast-paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop that carries Blick’s distinctive rhythmic style and vision. It centers on Nessa Stein’s (Gyllenhaal) whose father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Maggie GyllenhaalNessa Stein
Andrew BuchanEphra Stein
Stephen ReaSir Hugh Hayden-Doyle
Lubna AzabalAtika Halibi
Janet McTeerDame Julia Walsh
Katherine ParkinsonRachel Stein
Tobias MenziesNathaniel Bloom
Eve BestMonica Chatwin
Yigal NaorShlomo Zahary
Genevieve O'ReillyFrances Pirsig
Lindsay DuncanAnjelica Hayden-Hoyle

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Season 1

Episode 1: The Empty Chair (Jul/03/2014)
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.

Episode 2: The Unfaithful Husband (Jul/10/2014)
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.

Episode 3: The Killing Call (Jul/17/2014)
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.

Episode 4: The Ribbon Cutter (Jul/24/2014)
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.

Episode 5: Two Hearts (Jul/31/2014)
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.

Episode 6: The Mother Line (Aug/07/2014)
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.

Episode 7: The Hollow Wall (Aug/14/2014)
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.

Episode 8: The Paring Knife (Aug/21/2014)
Hayden Hoyle realises that Nessa has been manipulated into becoming a martyr for both the Americans and by Jalal.