The BEST episodes directed by Hugo Blick

The Paring Knife
323 votes

#1 - The Paring Knife

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 8

Hayden-Hoyle uncovers that Nessa has been manipulated both by people close to her and by governments intent on exploiting her work. A thrilling climax in the desert wastelands sees Nessa fighting to save her life and the kidnapped child's as she attempts to make her way home.

The Mother Line
328 votes

#2 - The Mother Line

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 6

When a Palestinian businessman makes Nessa an offer regarding the cabling initiative in the Middle East, Nessa discovers the full cost of her release from captivity eight years ago.

The Ribbon Cutter
392 votes

#3 - The Ribbon Cutter

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 4

Going back eight years, a younger Hayden-Hoyle climbs the ranks of MI6 whilst Nessa and Atika endure atrocities during their time held captive in Gaza and their captors scheme as to how she can best serve their cause.

The Puppet Mistress
326 votes

#4 - The Puppet Mistress

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 5

As their captivity continues, we discover the secret that will bond Atika and Nessa forever. Meanwhile, an academic in Tel Aviv working at a university funded by the Steins uncovers corruption that could have far-reaching consequences.

The Hollow Wall
377 votes

#5 - The Hollow Wall

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 7

Hayden-Hoyle uncovers an international government cover-up in relation to the Stein wiretap and Ephra is drawn into making a fatal mistake. In Palestine, an act of terrorism stuns the Stein family and the wider international community and has far reaching repercussions.

The Killing Call
423 votes

#6 - The Killing Call

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 3

Nessa's security advisor follows a lead as he hunts down the missing boy. Meanwhile, her brother Ephra makes a startling discovery that could blow the family, and its work, apart.

The Unfaithful Husband
448 votes

#7 - The Unfaithful Husband

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 2

Nessa's past, including her kidnap eight years previously in Gaza, is dug up by MI6 boss Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, who is intent on getting answers despite being blocked by the CIA.

Episode 2
393 votes

#8 - Episode 2

The Shadow Line - Season 1 - Episode 2

The driver of Wratten's car is identified, and Gabriel and Joseph Bede are desperate to get to him first, but they find themselves in a three-horse race with a shadowy figure that always seems to be one step ahead of them.

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The Empty Chair
540 votes

#9 - The Empty Chair

The Honourable Woman - Season 1 - Episode 1

Powerful businesswoman Nessa Stein is thrown head-first into a game of political cat-and-mouse when a Palestinian businessman with close connections to her family's empire is killed.

Episode 7
211 votes

#10 - Episode 7

The Shadow Line - Season 1 - Episode 7

Bede desperately tries to complete the final drug deal as his wife's condition deteriorates rapidly, while Gabriel is inexorably drawn to a shocking confrontation with Gatehouse.

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The Game's True Nature
116 votes

#11 - The Game's True Nature

Black Earth Rising - Season 1 - Episode 6

Patrice Ganimana's warnings about Kate's safety are borne out when Kate and Alice are both attacked. But Kate, nevertheless, continues her search for the case file her mother had prepared against Ganimana years before. But are establishment forces somehow closing ranks to impede bringing Ganimana to justice?

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The Eyes of the Devil
119 votes

#12 - The Eyes of the Devil

Black Earth Rising - Season 1 - Episode 5

Blake Gaines, who has been handling Patrice Ganimana's defence, seems to be in danger of falling foul of those paying his legal fees, while Alice Munezero tells Michael for the first time of her connection to Rwanda president Bibi Mundanzi. Kate's rift with Michael deepens and she becomes increasingly driven to help the Rwandan government as it tries to extradite Ganimana to face justice.

Episode 1
586 votes

#13 - Episode 1

The Shadow Line - Season 1 - Episode 1

In the first episode, DI Gabriel (Chiwetel Ejiofor) has just returned to work after being shot on an undercover job; his partner was killed and Gabriel suffers amnesia with a bullet lodged in his head. He leads the police investigation of the murdered drug baron Harvey Wratten and finds himself in a race with the other side of the line, the drug dealers who want to know who killed their boss.

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A Ghost in Name
135 votes

#14 - A Ghost in Name

Black Earth Rising - Season 1 - Episode 3

Still struggling with grief, Kate works with Michael to defend Alice Munezero from the charges laid against her in France. As shadowy forces try to prevent the truth being unearthed, Kate faces threats to her personal safety. Meanwhile Michael struggles with his health back in London. Can they both continue forward to gain an acquittal for Alice?

Double Bogey on the Ninth
83 votes

#15 - Double Bogey on the Ninth

Black Earth Rising - Season 1 - Episode 7

Kate and Florence return to the UK to locate a final missing item from Eve Ashby's case file against Patrice Ganimana. But someone is ahead of them, stopping at nothing to kill and terrorise his way to this key piece of missing evidence. Meanwhile Michael in the UK, Alice Munezero in Rwanda, and Eunice Clayton in the US, all believe the time has finally come to reveal the truth about a long-buried crime - which will in turn expose Kate to a dark, shocking truth about her own past, and which may destroy her relationship with Michael forever.

The Forgiving Earth
81 votes

#16 - The Forgiving Earth

Black Earth Rising - Season 1 - Episode 8

While Michael works to expose an intricate conspiracy in London, Kate travels alone to Africa seeking the truth about her personal history.

In Other News
205 votes

#17 - In Other News

Black Earth Rising - Season 1 - Episode 1

As a child, Kate Ashby was rescued from the horrific aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. She was adopted and brought up in Britain by Eve Ashby, a world-class international lawyer. Kate has long struggled to escape the shadow of her past, but is now returning to work as a legal investigator in the same chambers as Eve, under leading international lawyer Michael Ennis. Kate and Eve's relationship is strained to breaking point when a controversial militia leader, who had once fought to stop the genocide, is captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eve takes on his prosecution at the International Criminal Court.

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Episode 6
238 votes

#18 - Episode 6

The Shadow Line - Season 1 - Episode 6

Gabriel uncovers some dark truths about Counterpoint which implicate his colleagues and Glickman warns him that Gatehouse will hunt him down. Bede gets one step closer to finally getting out of the drugs game.

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Episode 4
319 votes

#19 - Episode 4

The Shadow Line - Season 1 - Episode 4

Jay Wratten's insistence that Bob Harris is responsible for his uncle's murder causes problems for Bede's new business deal. Meanwhile Gabriel struggles to placate his ex-mistress and Gatehouse shows he'll go to great lengths to find Glickman.

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Episode 5
265 votes

#20 - Episode 5

The Shadow Line - Season 1 - Episode 5

Gatehouse finally tracks Glickman down with explosive consequences. Gabriel gets closer to finding out why he got shot and there's help for Bede's floundering business deal from an unexpected direction.

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A Bowl of Cornflakes
132 votes

#21 - A Bowl of Cornflakes

Black Earth Rising - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kate and Michael finish their work on Alice's case in France but are shocked when an indicted Rwandan and Congolese war criminal, Patrice Ganimana, implicated in the Genocide, arrives in the UK. Excited by the chance to prosecute him, Michael is unsettled to learn that an old rival is handling his defence. Meanwhile this new arrival prompts Alice Munezero to delay her own return to Rwanda. As difficulties multiply for an extradition of Ganimana to the International Criminal Court, Kate and Michael's relationship begins to fray.

Episode 3
271 votes

#22 - Episode 3

The Shadow Line - Season 1 - Episode 3

Bede reluctantly finds himself in the driving secret of the drugs cartel. Meanwhile Gabriel continues to investigate the Wratten murder against his superior's instructions, and Honey discovers a secret.

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