The Honorable Woman

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Opens Up About Her Intense TV Debut In The Honorable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal knows a thing or seven about taking on audacious roles. Since she broke out as James Spader's submissive assistant in the 2002 film Secretary, she's played heroines in major blockbusters (The Dark Knight) and heroin addicts in indie sleepers (Sherrybaby). The Oscar nominee has also shunned the typical Hollywood-celebrity scene, instead living a quiet life in Brooklyn with her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard, and their two daughters. For her series-television debut, she's chosen The Honorable Woman, an eight-episode SundanceTV drama about the very real, very violent, and very current troubles between Israel and Palestine.

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Season 1, Episode 4
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.

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Season 1, Episode 3
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.

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The Honorable Woman star Janet McTeer discusses the new global political thriller in an exclusive interview. Presented by SundanceTV.

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Limited run series premieres July 31st at 10pm. In this global political thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, a kidnapping unravels dark secrets and an international conspiracy.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Opens Up About Her Intense TV Debut In The Honorable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal knows a thing or seven about taking on audacious roles. Since she broke out as James Spader's submissive assistant in the 2002 film Secretary, she's played heroines in major blockbusters (The Dark Knight) and heroin addicts in indie sleepers (Sherrybaby). The Oscar nominee has also shunned the typical Hollywood-celebrity scene, instead living a quiet life in Brooklyn with her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard, and their two daughters. For her series-television debut, she's chosen The Honorable Woman, an eight-episode SundanceTV drama about the very real, very violent, and very current troubles between Israel and Palestine.

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Thursday Review: SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman and Rectify

If SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman were any timelier in its geopolitical drama, most specifically of the Israeli-Palestinian variety, it would bleed newsprint. But it's the emotional intricacies of this rewardingly complex and brilliantly acted eight-part miniseries (Thursdays, 10/9c) that resonate timelessly, grounded by Maggie Gyllenhaal's impassioned, extraordinary performance as the title character, idealistic Anglo-Israeli philanthropist and newly appointed Baroness Nessa Stein.

Gyllenhaal brings layers upon layers of crisp elegance, prideful steel, profound sorrow and ultimately an aching vulnerability to Nessa. We share her angry despair as her lofty goals — most notably, wiring the West Bank in a lucrative but controversial contract for high-speed Internet as part of her family foundation's crusade for reconciliation — are steadily shattered by shady compromises and sinister secrets stemming from her mysterious abduction in Gaza eight years earlier.

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First Look: Maggie Gyllenhaal in SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman

Philanthropist and new minted member of the British House of Lords Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has a lot of secrets in SundanceTV's new eight episode spy thriller The Honorable Woman (premiering Thursday, Jul. 31, 10/9c). The least of those may be sneaking out of her own house for a tear-drenched meet-up with her brother's taciturn housekeeper, Atika (Lubna Azabal), in this exclusive clip from the first episode. Or not. 

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Premiered: July 31, 2014, on BBC Two
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Premise: The daughter of an assassinated Zionist arms dealer seeks to legitimize the family business while righting the wrongs done to them in the past.

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