The Honourable Woman – TV Review


Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and her twin brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan) are carrying on the business of their father, who was killed in front of them at a big dinner when they were small. They are laying down cables for internet around Israel and Palestine and, not surprisingly, there is a whole heap of politics involved. Add in the mysterious Atika (Lubna Azabal) and her small child who life with Ephra, his wife Rachel (Katherine Parkinson) and their children, and then there are spy agencies… British, American, Palestinian, Israeli… the whole kit and caboodle.

I’m not going to pretend I followed all of the politics involved, or (in all honesty), all of the storylines. But it is a compelling and amazing series, with strong performances from fabulous actors. It is so tough, but I recommend you persevere with it; this is good television.

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