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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...

Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 5:00am

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 1, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 6:35am

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

Episode 2, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 7:40am

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

Episode 3, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 8:45am

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

Episode 4, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 9:50am

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

Episode 5, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 10:55am

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

Episode 6, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 12:00pm

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

Episode 7, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 1:05pm

The legacy of thalidomide becomes apparent and Nurse Crane faces an unexpected crisis.

Episode 8, Series 6

Tuesday March 28 at 2:10pm

A wedding is hastily arranged following an unexpected turn of events.

Series 6

Friday March 31 at 9:20pm

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.

Series 6

Sunday April 2 at 10:30pm

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.

Series 6

Thursday April 6 at 4:00pm

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 1, Series 6

Friday April 7 at 7:30pm

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

Episode 2, Series 6

Friday April 7 at 8:35pm

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

Episode 1, Series 6

Sunday April 9 at 9:40pm

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

Episode 2, Series 6

Sunday April 9 at 10:45pm

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

Series 6

Monday April 10 at 3:55am

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 1, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 5:30am

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

Episode 2, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 6:35am

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

Episode 3, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 7:40am

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

Episode 4, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 8:45am

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

Episode 5, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 9:50am

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

Episode 6, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 10:55am

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

Episode 7, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 12:00pm

The legacy of thalidomide becomes apparent and Nurse Crane faces an unexpected crisis.

Episode 8, Series 6

Monday April 10 at 1:05pm

A wedding is hastily arranged following an unexpected turn of events.

Episode 1, Series 6

Thursday April 13 at 3:25pm

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

Episode 2, Series 6

Thursday April 13 at 4:30pm

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

Episode 3, Series 6

Friday April 14 at 7:30pm

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

Episode 4, Series 6

Friday April 14 at 8:35pm

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

Episode 3, Series 6

Sunday April 16 at 9:40pm

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

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