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Written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick, ''The Honourable Woman'' got rave reviews from more or less everyone, Maggie Gyllenhaal got a Golden Globe for her performance as Nessa, and Stephen Rea was nominated for a BAFTA award for his performance as Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, head of MI6's Middle East desk. WordOfGod says that there will be no series 2, and that the story has been told.

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Written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick, ''The Honourable Woman'' got rave reviews from more or less everyone, Maggie Gyllenhaal got a Golden Globe for her performance as Nessa, and Stephen Rea was nominated for a BAFTA award for his performance as Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle, head of MI6's [=MI6=]'s Middle East desk. WordOfGod says that there will be no series 2, and that the story has been told.



* [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} Bizarrchitecture]]: Rather than solid walls and minimal windows of real world intelligence agencies, the MI6 offices in the show have glass walls and floor to ceiling windows throughout the building.

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* [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} Bizarrchitecture]]: {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Rather than solid walls and minimal windows of real world intelligence agencies, the MI6 [=MI6=] offices in the show have glass walls and floor to ceiling windows throughout the building.



* DeadpanSnarker: The honors go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The honors go to head of MI6 [=MI6=] Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.


And with that, the whole thing starts to unravel. [[SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] gets involved, Nessa's past turns out to be a great deal more complicated than everyone thought, characters start getting [[BoomHeadshot unexpectedly shot in the head]] and it all turns into a gripping drama about the terrible moral compromises involved in the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict.

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And with that, the whole thing starts to unravel. [[SecretIntelligenceService [[UsefulNotes/SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] gets involved, Nessa's past turns out to be a great deal more complicated than everyone thought, characters start getting [[BoomHeadshot unexpectedly shot in the head]] and it all turns into a gripping drama about the terrible moral compromises involved in the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict.


And with that, the whole thing starts to unravel. [[SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] gets involved, Nessa's past turns out to be a great deal more complicated than everyone thought, characters start getting [[BoomHeadshot unexpectedly shot in the head]] and it all turns into a gripping drama about the terrible moral compromises involved in the ArabIsraeliConflict.

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And with that, the whole thing starts to unravel. [[SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] gets involved, Nessa's past turns out to be a great deal more complicated than everyone thought, characters start getting [[BoomHeadshot unexpectedly shot in the head]] and it all turns into a gripping drama about the terrible moral compromises involved in the ArabIsraeliConflict.
UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict.

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* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Ephra and Atika's having sex in interspersed with scenes of the buildup to the bomb going off in episode seven. The blast itself coincides with Atika's orgasm.


* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.

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* ChildByRape: It turns out [[spoiler: Nessa's]] secret was she became pregnant by one of her kidnappers raping her. [[spoiler: Kasim is her son, though Atika agrees to raise him as her own.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: The honours honors go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.



* {{Determinator}}: Nessa, who before the story begins has been kidnapped by the Palestinians [[spoiler: and raped by one of her kidnappers]], but who will stop at nothing to try to make her plans for peace in the region work out. [[spoiler: Also Atika, who pretended to be kidnapped along with Nessa even though she was in on the whole plan; who had no idea that Nessa's rape was done by order, and who tried to stop it by interposing herself; who persuaded Nessa to let her claim the baby as her own; who went back to England with Nessa and lived there for eight years, even forming a relationship with Nessa's brother, so that he and Nessa could be lured into a position where they could both be assassinated; who, when it turned out that Nessa wasn't dead, went back to the territories to get her out, and who, when she realised that her own superior in the operation planned to kill Nessa anyway, killed him instead, delivered Nessa's son back to her, and gave her a chance to get away before being killed herself. Everything Atika does is in the service of her cause; it's she, and not Nessa, who is the titular 'honourable woman'.]]

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* {{Determinator}}: Nessa, who before the story begins has been kidnapped by the Palestinians [[spoiler: and raped by one of her kidnappers]], but who will stop at nothing to try to make her plans for peace in the region work out. [[spoiler: Also Atika, who pretended to be kidnapped along with Nessa even though she was in on the whole plan; who had no idea that Nessa's rape was done by order, and who tried to stop it by interposing herself; who persuaded Nessa to let her claim the baby as her own; who went back to England with Nessa and lived there for eight years, even forming a relationship with Nessa's brother, so that he and Nessa could be lured into a position where they could both be assassinated; who, when it turned out that Nessa wasn't dead, went back to the territories to get her out, and who, when she realised realized that her own superior in the operation planned to kill Nessa anyway, killed him instead, delivered Nessa's son back to her, and gave her a chance to get away before being killed herself. Everything Atika does is in the service of her cause; it's she, and not Nessa, who is the titular 'honourable woman'.]]



* MoralEventHorizon: In the final episode, learning what she has learned, Atika decides that Zahid has crossed this.

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* MoralEventHorizon: In the final episode, learning what she has learned, Atika decides that Zahid has crossed this.RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Nessa]] is raped by one of her kidnappers and becomes pregnant.

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*[[{{Bizarrchitecture}} Bizarrchitecture]]: Rather than solid walls and minimal windows of real world intelligence agencies, the MI6 offices in the show have glass walls and floor to ceiling windows throughout the building.

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* SexForServices: In a rare male example, everyone assumes that this is how Hugh got and continues to keep his job. [[spoiler: It's actually partly true, in that he is sleeping with Julia, but he is determined to prove that he can do the job too.]]


* TheAtoner: Nessa, who wants her life's work to atone for her father's career selling weapons to Israel.



* BigBad: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the case of Zahid Al-Zahid, in his conversation with Nessa. [[spoiler: He freely admits that he ordered her father's assassination, that he ordered his own son to rape her, and that he ordered the assassination of her and her brother, but he did it because he feels that his cause is just, and while he understands that she must hate him and wouldn't be surprised if, knowing what she now knows, she wants to kill him, he's hated her people all his life for what they've done to his people.]]



* {{Determinator}}: Nessa, who before the story begins has been kidnapped by the Palestinians [[spoiler: and raped by one of her kidnappers]], but who will stop at nothing to try to make her plans for peace in the region work out. [[spoiler: Also Atika, who pretended to be kidnapped along with Nessa even though she was in on the whole plan; who tried to stop the rape from taking place by physically intervening; who persuaded Nessa to let her claim the baby as her own; who went back to England with Nessa and lived there for eight years, even forming a relationship with Nessa's brother, so that he and Nessa could be lured into a position where they could both be assassinated; who, when it turned out that Nessa wasn't dead, went back to the territories to get her out, and who, when she realised that her own superior in the operation planned to kill Nessa anyway, killed him instead, delivered Nessa's son back to her, and gave her a chance to get away before being killed herself. Atika herself, not Nessa, is the titular 'honourable woman'.]]

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* {{Determinator}}: Nessa, who before the story begins has been kidnapped by the Palestinians [[spoiler: and raped by one of her kidnappers]], but who will stop at nothing to try to make her plans for peace in the region work out. [[spoiler: Also Atika, who pretended to be kidnapped along with Nessa even though she was in on the whole plan; who had no idea that Nessa's rape was done by order, and who tried to stop the rape from taking place it by physically intervening; interposing herself; who persuaded Nessa to let her claim the baby as her own; who went back to England with Nessa and lived there for eight years, even forming a relationship with Nessa's brother, so that he and Nessa could be lured into a position where they could both be assassinated; who, when it turned out that Nessa wasn't dead, went back to the territories to get her out, and who, when she realised that her own superior in the operation planned to kill Nessa anyway, killed him instead, delivered Nessa's son back to her, and gave her a chance to get away before being killed herself. Everything Atika herself, does is in the service of her cause; it's she, and not Nessa, who is the titular 'honourable woman'.]]


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* MoralEventHorizon: In the final episode, learning what she has learned, Atika decides that Zahid has crossed this.


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* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: Shlomo]] turns out to be this, because Monica faked his dossier.


* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer[[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer[[http://www.reviewer [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.


* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer [[http://www.reviewer[[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.


* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer commented that she could quite happily watch another series that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer commented [[http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/22/the-honourable-woman-hugo-blick-review commented]] that she could quite happily watch another series she'd pay good money for a spin-off show that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.


* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle. One reviewer commented that she could quite happily watch another series that consisted of just Julia and Hugh sniping at each other across a desk.
-->'''Julia''': Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that in a room full of pussies, I'm the only one with a vagina.



* {{Eagleland}}: No nation comes out of this show looking particularly wonderful, but the American government and its intelligence network come off worst.

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* {{Eagleland}}: No nation comes Of the four nations involved in this story -- the UK, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and the USA -- none of them come out of this show looking particularly wonderful, but the American government and its intelligence network come off worst.



* StatuesqueStunner: Julia is played by Janet McTeer, who is both very fine-looking and 6'1" in height.

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* StatuesqueStunner: Julia Walsh is rather glamorous, and is played by Janet McTeer, [=McTeer=] who is both very fine-looking and 6'1" in height.tall.


* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Julia and Hugh, head of its Middle East desk.
* {{Determinator}}: Nessa, who before the story begins has been kidnapped by the Palestinians [[spoiler: and raped by one of her kidnappers]], but who will stop at nothing to try to make her plans for peace in the region work out. [[spoiler: Also Atika, who pretended to be kidnapped along with Nessa even though she was in on the whole plan; who tried to stop the rape from taking place by physically intervening; who persuaded Nessa to let her claim the baby as her own; who went back to England with Nessa and lived there for eight years, even forming a relationship with her brother, so that he and Nessa could be lured into a position where they could both be assassinated; who, when it turned out that Nessa wasn't dead, went back to the territories to get her out, and who when she realised that her own superior in the operation planned to kill Nessa, killed him instead, delivered Nessa's son back to her, and gave her a chance to get away before being killed herself. Atika herself, not Nessa, is the titular 'honourable woman'.]]

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* DeadpanSnarker: The honours go to head of MI6 Dame Julia Walsh, and Hugh, head of its Middle East desk.
her immediate subordinate Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle.
* {{Determinator}}: Nessa, who before the story begins has been kidnapped by the Palestinians [[spoiler: and raped by one of her kidnappers]], but who will stop at nothing to try to make her plans for peace in the region work out. [[spoiler: Also Atika, who pretended to be kidnapped along with Nessa even though she was in on the whole plan; who tried to stop the rape from taking place by physically intervening; who persuaded Nessa to let her claim the baby as her own; who went back to England with Nessa and lived there for eight years, even forming a relationship with her Nessa's brother, so that he and Nessa could be lured into a position where they could both be assassinated; who, when it turned out that Nessa wasn't dead, went back to the territories to get her out, and who who, when she realised that her own superior in the operation planned to kill Nessa, Nessa anyway, killed him instead, delivered Nessa's son back to her, and gave her a chance to get away before being killed herself. Atika herself, not Nessa, is the titular 'honourable woman'.]]


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* StatuesqueStunner: Julia is played by Janet McTeer, who is both very fine-looking and 6'1" in height.

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