The BEST episodes of The Honourable Woman

Every episode of The Honourable Woman ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Honourable Woman!

Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who as a child witnessed his assassination. Now an adult, Nessa inherits her father's company and changes course from supplying arms to laying data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her efforts to reconcile the Israelis and Palestinians lands her an appointment to the House of Lords and creates an international political maelstrom.

Last Updated: 4/17/2023Network:BBC Two
The Paring Knife
324 votes

#1 - The Paring Knife

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/21/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick
The Mother Line
329 votes

#2 - The Mother Line

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/7/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick
The Ribbon Cutter
393 votes

#3 - The Ribbon Cutter

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/24/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick
The Puppet Mistress
327 votes

#4 - The Puppet Mistress

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/31/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick
The Hollow Wall
378 votes

#5 - The Hollow Wall

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/14/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick
The Killing Call
424 votes

#6 - The Killing Call

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/17/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick
The Unfaithful Husband
450 votes

#7 - The Unfaithful Husband

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/10/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick
The Empty Chair
542 votes

#8 - The Empty Chair

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/3/2014

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.

Directors: Hugo Blick
Writer: Hugo Blick

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