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The Promise 

A young British girl travels to Israel/Palestine, retracing the steps of her grandfather - a British soldier stationed there in the 1940s.
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Claire Foy ...  Erin Matthews 4 episodes, 2011
Christian Cooke ...  Len Matthews 4 episodes, 2011
Itay Tiran ...  Paul Meyer 4 episodes, 2011
Katharina Schüttler ...  Clara Rosenbaum / ... 4 episodes, 2011
Haaz Sleiman ...  Omar Habash 4 episodes, 2011
Ali Suliman ...  Abu-Hassan Mohammed 4 episodes, 2011
Perdita Weeks ...  Eliza Meyer 4 episodes, 2011
Ben Miles ...  Max Meyer 4 episodes, 2011
Smadi Wolfman ...  Leah Meyer 4 episodes, 2011
Holly Aird ...  Chris Matthews 4 episodes, 2011
Hiam Abbass ...  Old Jawda 4 episodes, 2011
Lucas Gregorowicz Lucas Gregorowicz ...  Captain Richard Rowntree 4 episodes, 2011
Luke Allen-Gale ...  Corporal Jackie Clough 4 episodes, 2011
Iain McKee ...  Sergeant Hugh Robbins 4 episodes, 2011
Paul Anderson ...  Sergeant Frank Nash 4 episodes, 2011
Max Deacon ...  Private Alec Hyman 4 episodes, 2011
Pip Torrens ...  Major John Arbuthnot 4 episodes, 2011
Ben Batt ...  Private Derek Toogood 4 episodes, 2011
Colin Harris ...  Private Raymond Atkinson 4 episodes, 2011
Amir Najjar Amir Najjar ...  Hassan 4 episodes, 2011
Fatma Yahia Fatma Yahia ...  Samira 4 episodes, 2011
Mahmud Abu-Jazi Mahmud Abu-Jazi ...  Abu-Yousef 4 episodes, 2011
Raida Adon ...  Adiva 4 episodes, 2011
Shai Egozi Shai Egozi ...  IDF Commander 4 episodes, 2011
Ulrich Noethen ...  Leo Rosenbaum 4 episodes, 2011
Yvonne Catterfeld ...  Ziphora 4 episodes, 2011
Yair Rubin ...  Immanuel Katz 4 episodes, 2011
Maria Zreik ...  Young Jawda 4 episodes, 2011
Guy Loel ...  Avram Klein 4 episodes, 2011
Tarik Kopty ...  Abdul-Basir 4 episodes, 2011
Tomer Offner ...  Yaron 4 episodes, 2011
Khulud Abu Lasen Khulud Abu Lasen ...  Khulud 4 episodes, 2011
Loai Nofi ...  Hamid 4 episodes, 2011
Noa Koler ...  Sal'it 4 episodes, 2011
Mark Spalding ...  Police Sergeant Phipps 4 episodes, 2011
Amir Haddad Amir Haddad ...  Khalid Habash 4 episodes, 2011
Liam Evans-Ford Liam Evans-Ford ...  Private Miggs 4 episodes, 2011
Lana Zreik Lana Zreik ...  Rabab 4 episodes, 2011
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ...  Jewish Brigade Major 4 episodes, 2011
Jameel Khoury ...  Kareem 4 episodes, 2011
Ayala Lipshitz Ayala Lipshitz ...  Jewish Refugee on Beach 4 episodes, 2011
Roy Assaf ...  IDF Checkpoint Conscript 4 episodes, 2011
Firas Khoury Firas Khoury ...  Palestinian Father 4 episodes, 2011
Mati Atlas ...  Demonstration Ringleader 4 episodes, 2011
Eyal Rozales ...  Yaakov Maazel 4 episodes, 2011
John Warnaby John Warnaby ...  Colonel Henry Reid 4 episodes, 2011
Ilan Ganani Ilan Ganani ...  Jewish Man From House 4 episodes, 2011
Michal Rubin Michal Rubin ...  Jewish Woman from House 4 episodes, 2011
Martin Delaney ...  Operation Bulldog Paratrooper 4 episodes, 2011
Benny Eldar Benny Eldar ...  Nathan Filer 4 episodes, 2011
Alon Dahan ...  Hebron Heckler 4 episodes, 2011
Igal Reznik Igal Reznik ...  Mikhail 4 episodes, 2011
Eva Huri Eva Huri 4 episodes, 2011
Yoram Yosephberg ...  Irgun Fighter in Deir Yassin 4 episodes, 2011
Martin Blakelock Martin Blakelock ...  Military Policeman 4 episodes, 2011
Salim Dau ...  Ahmed Abu El-Haija 4 episodes, 2011
Naama Amit ...  Nurse 4 episodes, 2011
Max Benjamin Mager Max Benjamin Mager ...  British Soldier / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Moon Shavit 2 episodes, 2011
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A young British girl travels to Israel/Palestine, retracing the steps of her grandfather - a British soldier stationed there in the 1940s.

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Kosminsky fulfils his Promise
27 February 2011 | by kimdino-1See all my reviews

I have a thing about miniseries as much more can be put into 6-8hrs that can be packed into the 2hrs of a feature length story. IMO almost all of televisions greatest works are in mini-series such as 'Boys from the Black Stuff', Traffic' & 'Edge of Darkness'. Alan Bleasdale has always been the master of this format but, with 'The Promise', Peter Kosminsky joins him at the top. All 8hrs is used to maximum effect.

'The Promise' shows how Israel was born in violence & how the violence is maintained in the present day. Around this Kosminsky has drawn a gripping storyline of the granddaughter of a soldier in the British Protectorate searching out the mystery of her grandfathers story. Thus Erin, the granddaughter travels modern Israel while her grandfathers story shows late '40s Palestine & the birth of Israel.

Kosminsky has been accused of taking an anti-Jewish stance with this series but I cannot agree with this. The British & Israeli forces are everywhere and very prominent while the modern Palestinian terrorist is a small minority. This is how Kosminsky shows it and I believe that to have given more prominence to the Palestinian violence would have introduced a pro-Israeli bias.

I do not give 10/10 lightly but 'The Promise' has earnt it as absolute top quality viewing.


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6 February 2011 (UK) See more »

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Acre, Israel See more »

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