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The truth is we all tell lies

Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage

The series centres around Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), who is deeply troubled about past events that have haunted her. Stein is constantly battling a consuming internal conflict – for reconciliation with her past and her search for personal equilibrium. This struggle is manifested in her political activities, trying to reconcile a conflict that has equally haunted a region of the world, countless lives and political agendas for many years. Now in her late thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process. An independent entrepreneur, equal parts idealist and pragmatist, she has worked tirelessly to help cultivate an atmosphere of reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Ennobled for her campaigning work, the newly made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman.

Meet the cast

The Honourable Woman

Nessa Stein

Played by Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal is an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress who made her feature film debut in 1992. Since then, she’s gained critical acclaim for stand-out performances in films such as Crazy Heart, The Dark Night, Donnie Darko, Adaptation, Mona Lisa Smile, White House Down and, most recently, Frank. The Honourable Woman marks Gyllenhaal’s first move into TV.

Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal has starred as Alice in Patrick Mauber’s award-winning Closer, Shakespearean tragedy Anthony and Cleopatra, Chekov’s Three Sisters and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul.

Next on...

Episode 2, Series 6

Sunday May 28 at 3:10pm

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar.

Episode 2, Series 6

Monday May 29 at 5:20pm

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar.

Episode 2, Series 6

Monday May 29 at 9:25pm

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar.

Episode 2, Series 6

Friday June 2 at 1:45pm

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar.

Episode 3, Series 6

Saturday June 3 at 7:30pm

The maternity home faces closure and Barbara cares for a Chinese first-time mother.

Episode 3, Series 6

Sunday June 4 at 2:05pm

The maternity home faces closure and Barbara cares for a Chinese first-time mother.

Episode 3, Series 6

Monday June 5 at 5:20pm

The maternity home faces closure and Barbara cares for a Chinese first-time mother.

Episode 3, Series 6

Monday June 5 at 9:30pm

The maternity home faces closure and Barbara cares for a Chinese first-time mother.

Episode 3, Series 6

Friday June 9 at 2:15pm

The maternity home faces closure and Barbara cares for a Chinese first-time mother.

Episode 4, Series 6

Saturday June 10 at 7:30pm

An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin.

Series 6

Sunday June 11 at 2:55pm

Christmas Special 2016

an unexpected call interrupts the Christmas festivities. A group of midwives have been requested to travel out to South Africa to work at Hope Clinic and help save it.

Episode 4, Series 6

Sunday June 11 at 6:25pm

An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin.

Series 6

Sunday June 11 at 11:45pm

Christmas Special 2016

an unexpected call interrupts the Christmas festivities. A group of midwives have been requested to travel out to South Africa to work at Hope Clinic and help save it.

Episode 4, Series 6

Monday June 12 at 5:20pm

An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin.

Episode 4, Series 6

Monday June 12 at 9:30pm

An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin.

Episode 4, Series 6

Friday June 16 at 2:15pm

An expectant mother with financial struggles enters into a painful arrangement with her cousin.

Episode 5, Series 6

Saturday June 17 at 7:30pm

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, and a young man captures Fred and Violet's hearts.

Episode 1, Series 6

Sunday June 18 at 2:15pm

The team reunite but all is not well when a change of management shakes up Nonnatus House.

Episode 5, Series 6

Sunday June 18 at 5:20pm

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, and a young man captures Fred and Violet's hearts.

Episode 1, Series 6

Monday June 19 at 12:35am

The team reunite but all is not well when a change of management shakes up Nonnatus House.

Episode 5, Series 6

Monday June 19 at 5:20pm

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, and a young man captures Fred and Violet's hearts.

Episode 5, Series 6

Monday June 19 at 9:30pm

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, and a young man captures Fred and Violet's hearts.

Episode 5, Series 6

Friday June 23 at 2:15pm

Nonnatus House welcomes a new recruit, and a young man captures Fred and Violet's hearts.

Episode 6, Series 6

Saturday June 24 at 7:30pm

Valerie Dyer cares for a pregnant Somali woman whose culture has some unfamiliar aspects.

Episode 2, Series 6

Sunday June 25 at 1:10pm

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar.

Episode 6, Series 6

Sunday June 25 at 4:15pm

Valerie Dyer cares for a pregnant Somali woman whose culture has some unfamiliar aspects.

Episode 2, Series 6

Sunday June 25 at 11:40pm

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar.

Episode 6, Series 6

Monday June 26 at 5:15pm

Valerie Dyer cares for a pregnant Somali woman whose culture has some unfamiliar aspects.

Episode 6, Series 6

Monday June 26 at 9:35pm

Valerie Dyer cares for a pregnant Somali woman whose culture has some unfamiliar aspects.

Episode 6, Series 6

Friday June 30 at 2:15pm

Valerie Dyer cares for a pregnant Somali woman whose culture has some unfamiliar aspects.

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