Review: The Honourable Woman

The Honourable Woman
TV Series – BBC2 – 8 Episodes, 2014

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Who do you trust?

This show is going to punch you in the face from the second you start watching.

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Nessa Stein, the daughter of a very powerful man who was deeply involved in the political shitstorm that is the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Nessa runs her family company, a multi-million dollar organisation involved in a philanthropic mission to reverse her fathers wrongs in the Middle East.

That’s the only background plot I am going to provide because I went into this show with no idea what it was like except the recommendation of a dear friend “It’s gloriously dark.” Which is a very spot on analysis.

The Honourable Woman is one of those rare political-thriller-conspiracy-drama series’ that does not hold back, it’s gritty, emotional, confrontational, controversial and impossible to tear your eyes away from. The only reason I watched this over two sittings rather than marathoning the whole first season in one go was because I felt so emotionally drained I had to have a rest. That being said for those 24 hours between watching I kept asking myself, Who do I trust on this show? The lines of deception between the ‘goodies and baddies’ are constantly being blurred or shredded to pieces with each new piece of the puzzle. It will keep you guessing, and the second you think you’ve got it all figured out the BBC will just punch you in the face again, and again, and again.

The acting is incredibly, the cinematography is brilliant as with most high budget BBC productions and the soundtrack of haunting strings and piercing violin sets the pace.

I recommend this show to those who are not afraid of a deep, dark, intelligent political drama. It’s incredibly complicated and you do need to watch every moment, this is not a relaxing Sunday afternoon break from life show.

I rate this show HIGHLY! Thank you Luke for the recommendation.

Commitment Level: HIGH
There may only be eight episodes, but they are eight exhausting episodes. Prepare your brains.

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