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What did you think of The Honourable Woman?

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LauraPashley Thu 03-Jul-14 23:12:35

I can't decide! MG for me veered between really good and really annoying. Loved her clothes tho. Is she in a relationship with the nanny?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 03-Jul-14 23:48:44

I've recorded it, will report back later...

PukousMucous Fri 04-Jul-14 08:03:53

I agree about MG, at first I thought her accent was good but by the end her voice was so even toned it started to get a bit irritating.

Her frocks were wonderful though. An I'm not sure about her and the nanny, they could have just bonded following something traumatic in Palestine eight years ago.

It's not perfect but I'm certainly quite gripped.

SnakeyMcBadass Fri 04-Jul-14 08:05:22

I think that she is in a relationship with the nanny, and that the little boy is their son.

PukousMucous Fri 04-Jul-14 08:08:35

Oooooh, bet you're right!

tryingtocatchthewind Fri 04-Jul-14 08:25:36

Well my husband thought it was a poor mans' Homeland - I fell asleep half way through but to be fair I'm 27 weeks pregnant so that's no reflection on the programme.

MG was a bit annoying for me.

mejon Fri 04-Jul-14 14:52:52

I thought it was very slooooow. Too many meaningful pauses and I wasn't able to see the M15 man (or whoever he was) as anyone apart from Mooncat's sidekick grin.

frostyfingers Fri 04-Jul-14 15:59:42

Too many time changes and the whole thing jumped around a bit too much for me. I'll give it a go next week but I do wish that sometimes things didn't have to be quite so complicated.

AWombWithoutARoof Fri 04-Jul-14 16:04:59

Baffling! Why was Maggie Gyllenhaal as a child a have a different skin colour than as a grown up?
Was the boy with the watch the son of Kathryn Parkinson's character and Ephra Stein? Surely not, as again he was far too dark, so is the nanny the mother?
Too many billowing curtains.
I liked the other Hugo Blick thing that was on recently but don't think I'll be persevering with this one.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Jul-14 20:09:56

I'm watching now,I can't stand MG's low and patronising voice arghh!!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Jul-14 20:29:13


2rebecca Fri 04-Jul-14 20:57:34

I found MG's slow patronising voice irritating as well, very Maggie Thatcher talking to the morons.
I like my plays to start at the beginning so I can follow them and knit/ iron etc. I don't like them to be hard work. It's supposed to be entertainment not work. It was good to have Lindsay Duncan back, I love her and it's always good to see a record on the turntable. I even guessed that it was radiohead correctly (even though I hate them because they are miserable bastards)

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Jul-14 21:13:13

I won't be watching the rest.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Jul-14 21:14:59

I love LD.

We need a good Polliakof dramasmile

AnyFucker Fri 04-Jul-14 21:15:08

it was boring

it seemed to be made up of Maggie G doing various mind numbing speeches and then running in bare feet towards the end

I shan't switch on again

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 04-Jul-14 22:48:33

It was boring, you're right.

thecuntureshow Sat 05-Jul-14 17:46:34

I liked it.

BOFster Sat 05-Jul-14 17:53:02

I liked it- and something is going to have to fill the Good Wife/Nashville-shaped hole in my Thursday nights, so I will stick with it.

SquidgyMummy Sun 06-Jul-14 10:58:42

i thought it was brilliant - lots of twists and turns. (However the Nessa & Efra as children were so badly cast, I thought Nessa was palestinian, she was so tanned.)

i would say that Casim is Nessa's son - she looked pregnant in the back of the car when the nanny was kidnapped in Palestine. He is probably darker skinned because his father is Palestinian.

I think there will be lots of character development. I also thought MG's accent was v. good

onedev Sun 06-Jul-14 15:55:17

I've only just watched it & think it has potential.

Totally agree re MGs voice though as it was such a boring tone. I will keep watching though.

OnlyLovers Mon 07-Jul-14 11:18:22

Bit early to judge, for me. I will certainly watch the next one.

Liked the frocks and the interiors, and Maggie's hair [shallow]. Her accent/voice is a bit too carefully done though, but a valiant effort.

Loved the moodiness and the look of it. Made me think back fondly to The Shadow Line (one of my favourite telly programmes ever).

thecuntureshow Mon 07-Jul-14 11:41:50

It's by the same director, Only

Yes it's good to see something that is a bit moodier

Think they'll be more character development, and more to read into it.

OnlyLovers Mon 07-Jul-14 12:01:26

Yes, I know (director/writer, I think); that's sort of what I meant, only I didn't articulate it properly. smile

OnlyLovers Mon 07-Jul-14 16:02:52

Can I ask something else, about the timescale? Did it all take place over one day/evening, or was she wearing the same leopard-print dress for two days?

mrs2cats Mon 07-Jul-14 19:44:16

Not sure. I think I'll watch the next episode and give it another go as the first episode of any new series can be a bit strange.

I found the music annoying, too many pauses, MG a bit too passive and her voice too monotone. Still, I think it has potential and could be interesting.

The same things that confused others confused me eg. the characters as children, who the boy belonged to etc etc.

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