THE HONORABLE WOMAN keeps making headlines for its commentary on the Middle Eastern peace process and its part in television’s gender revolution.
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Zionist arms dealer Eli Stein is assassinated in front of his children Nessa and Ephra.
29 years later, Nessa Stein is running her father’s company, having shifted its focus from weapons to communications in pursuit of the peace process. Nessa awards a contract to Palestinian Samir Meshal, who is promptly murdered.
Kasim, the young son of Atika, Ephra’s nanny and mistress, is abducted.
MI6 spy Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle investigates Meshal’s death.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s final episode may have aired in September, but critics haven’t stopped celebrating the “chilling” series and its “universally terrific” performances. Meanwhile, TIME, HuffPo and others report on star Maggie Gyllenhaal taking home the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series.
Call them spooks. Sleuths. Femme fatales. Few figures are as compelling as female spies. They’re unthinkably brave; they do things most of us can’t even imagine. Sometimes they’re world-famous; sometimes they hide in plain sight.
Maggie Gyllenhaal won a Golden Globe for SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN in the “Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” category.
The “splendidly designed” and “unforgettable” miniseries continues to land among 2014′s best TV offerings, with critics praising Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “breathtaking performance”.
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•The Wall Street Journal names THE HONORABLE WOMAN as art of “the best television of 2014″, citing the series’ “splendidly designed suspense” and calling it “packed with action and political intrigue informed by heavy infusions of the psychological, all artfully blended”.
The “mesmerising” miniseries keeps making best-of-2014 lists while Maggie Gyllenhaal trumpets her love for the role of Nessa Stein.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN keeps earning acclaim from critics, who call the “scintillating” series one of the best of the year, while star Maggie Gyllenhaal is nominated for SAG and Golden Globe Awards.
Today the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, and SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN landed a nomination for Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
SundanceTV received a SAG Award nomination today for its miniseries THE HONORABLE WOMAN. Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight) received her first SAG Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.” The 21st annual SAG Awards will be held on Sunday evening, January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles.
This morning the Screen Actors Guild announced its nominees for the 21st Annual SAG Awards, and SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN nabbed honors with the nomination of Maggie Gyllenhaal for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.
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THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s costume designer Edward K. Gordon talks about the challenges in dressing a character as complex as Nessa Stein, which designers she wore and the secret to “getting the Stein style.”
Q: Some of your past credits include Skins and Secret Diary of a Call Girl – projects that have very different feel from THE HONORABLE WOMAN. What have been some of the best practices you’ve carried over from project to project? What are some of your initial steps when embarking on a new project?
A: For me, the work always starts with the script. If I am lucky enough to be presented with a great script, with characters that I believe/relate to my job, it is easy and all I have to do is honor the writing. Although I have done a varied body of work through my career, I bring the same aesthetic dogma with me to all my work. My ambition is always to present characters on screen in a way that might not be quite what people were expecting. I really believe in the power of clothes to help tell a story, and I am fortunate to work in a visual medium. With each great new character I try to create a look that is distinctive and unique to that person—although grounded in reality and truth there is always a slightly aspirational look to the way I dress people. Just to mix things up even more, the next job I’m doing is War and Peace for the BBC and Harvey Weinstein!
Q: Looking to the pilot episode, that initial green-cheetah print dress is definitely a statement piece—especially when you consider the juxtaposition Nessa’s character has against the rest of the cast. What motivated that style choice? The dress also seemed to linger though the episode, as Nessa simply didn’t change her clothes—can you speak to that?
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Katherine Parkinson (Rachel Stein) reflects on maternal archetypes, the poignancy of the political thriller and the unexpected levity director Hugo Blick brings to the series.
Now that THE HONORABLE WOMAN has come to a close, SundanceTV invites you to tune-in to a full-series marathon this Sun, Oct. 5 at Noon/11c. With a show as explosive and unpredictable as this, our guide below (including images, videos, games and quizzes) will help you keep up with the twists and go deeper into the Stein family drama.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Stephen Rea reflects on the humanity and poignancy of the political thriller and what it was like working with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
From its premiere to its heart-stopping finale, THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s eight-episode run was filled with drama and suspense. Did you have a favorite episode? Read the recaps then vote in the poll below.
Sir Hugh shares his theories with Dame Julia, suggesting that Samir Meshal was a go-between for the US and the Palestinians. Hugh proposes that when Meshal called a Palestinian contact to confirm the Secretary of State’s agreement to an unknown plan, he inadvertently alerted the Israelis to the plan’s existence via the wiretap on Shlomo’s cables. Since the CIA was piggybacking on the Israeli tap, Hugh theorizes, they were able to take out Meshal before the Israelis could abduct and interrogate him. Dame Julia suggests that the Secretary of State might have been agreeing to Nessa’s assassination, but Hugh expresses doubt, guessing that Monica Chatwin independently arranged the attack on Nessa to curry favor with the CIA, ultimately gunning for Julia’s job.
Can’t wait to find out what happens on the series finale of THE HONORABLE WOMAN, Thu., Sep. 18 at 10/9c? Instead of staring at your calendar, sign-up to receive a reminder, then check out these thirteen ways to go deeper into political thriller.
1. Watch video interviews with THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Maggie Gyllenhaal (Nessa Stein) as well as Andrew Buchan (Ephra Stein), Stephen Rea (Sir Hugh) and Janet McTeer (Dame Julia).
2. See photos from every THE HONORABLE WOMAN episode as well as surveillance photos of the characters, the Stein Family photo album, and behind-the-scenes photos with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, Janet McTeer, Hugo Blick…
3. Quizzes for every episode as well as cast members Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan and Stephen Rea.
The burned man and the mysterious contact who came to his aid, revealing herself as Monica Chatwin, rendezvous in a hotel room. When MI6 agents bug the room, Chatwin starts a fire and the duo escapes.
Sir Hugh tells Nessa he knows she’s collaborating with the terrorists to get Kasim back. She tells him the Israeli national MI6 spotted Monica meeting with is actually a Palestinian terrorist (the burned man) and then confesses the truth about Kasim’s parentage.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Maggie Gyllenhaal talks the challenges of playing powerful, deeply flawed Nessa Stein and how she’s perfected the English accent.
Nessa is bludgeoned and raped by a sadistic stranger during a one-night-stand. Her MI6 tail brings her to a discrete medical facility, where Sir Hugh meets with her and asks if she wants the man arrested. She says no to avoid publicity.
Sir Hugh tells Nessa an Israeli extremist group has claimed the killing of the whistleblower who exposed the Stein Foundation academy’s selection process as biased. When Nessa denies the corruption, Sir Hugh theorizes aloud that Ephra made a deal with the Israelis to hide military intelligence programs in the academy without her knowledge.
Even a work place as strict as the military can be teeming with scandalous sex–as proven by the Whisper confessions below.
In their Gaza cell, Nessa mourns her ruined future, knowing the scandal of her pregnancy will infect any work she tries to do to aid the peace process. Atika tells Nessa to give her the child and allow Atika to raise it as her own as thanks for saving her life.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Andrew Buchan discusses the Stein siblings’ complicated relationship, and the page-turner script that sold him on the series.