Who do you trust?

Not all’s fair in love and war, as mag­gie gyl­len­haal’s character finds out in her crit­i­cally ac­claimed new se­ries.

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rom the out­side, life’s good for nessa stein (mag­gie gyl­len­haal) in eight-part minis­eries the hon­ourable woman (2014). nessa’s rich and she’s a busi­ness­woman who’s taken her fam­ily company from deal­ing in arms and am­mu­ni­tion to mak­ing bil­lions in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion world. she’d bet­ter watch out though, be­cause nessa’s pri­vate life is about to ex­plode onto the pub­lic scene in a very messy way.

fam­ily his­tory

nessa’s been head of the stein group for eight years, ever since her brother ephra (an­drew buchan) stepped down and made her the big cheese. and while she’s done a stel­lar job (is­raeli-born nessa’s just been elected to the uk’s house of lords, their ver­sion of our par­lia­ment), there’s a lot for nessa to worry about, es­pe­cially when it comes to who to trust and who to keep an eye on. and it all stems back to her dad’s mur­der when she and ephra were kids.

nessa’s fa­ther was killed in front of her thanks to a business deal gone wrong. it still af­fects her and she re­calls that day as she’s made a baroness. but there’s a big­ger mat­ter at hand – nessa an­nounces a ma­jor business deal that sends shock­waves through the in­dus­try, rubs fam­ily friend and busi­ness­man shlomo (igal naor) up the wrong way and ruf­fles feath­ers at the cia, mi6 and is­rael’s mil­i­tary forces. cue drama!

who­dun­nit?

it’s not long after hand­ing the deal to a pales­tine firm that things start to fall apart, start­ing with a sui­cide. or is it? the head of the firm awarded the ten­der is found dead, with the ob­vi­ous signs point­ing to­wards sui­cide. that would be a cut-and-dry case if not for the fact that ev­ery­one’s agree­ing on things for once, which is sus­pi­cious.

but there’s a lot more go­ing on be­hind the scenes, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally for nessa. for one, the cia’s locked up files re­lat­ing to her kid­nap­ping in gaza eight years ear­lier. even mi6 hot­shots like sir hugh hay­den-hoyle (stephen rea) can’t get ac­cess. when no one’s look­ing, nessa’s steely pub­lic façade falls away and she’s a weak, de­feated and bro­ken woman. she lives in a mul­ti­mil­lion-pound man­sion with a bed­room most would die for. in­stead, she locks her­self in a bomb-proof hid­den panic room where she cries her­self to sleep. she slips out when her se­cu­rity aren’t look­ing to meet up with a friend in a dingy cafe be­fore break­ing down and sob­bing loudly. and she’s go­ing to sleep with the help when her hunky body­guard proves to be too much of a temp­ta­tion, even though she thinks that he works for hay­den-hoyle.

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