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 8
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.

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Season 1, Episode 7
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.

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Season 1, Episode 6
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.

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One woman struggles to right her father's wrongs in a world of conspiracy and espionage.

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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 03, 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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