The Promise (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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 Erin Matthews (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Len Matthews (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Paul Meyer (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Clara Rosenbaum / ... (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Omar Habash (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Abu-Hassan Mohammed (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Eliza Meyer (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Max Meyer (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Leah Meyer (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Chris Matthews (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Old Jawda (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Captain Richard Rowntree (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Corporal Jackie Clough (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Sergeant Hugh Robbins (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Sergeant Frank Nash (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Private Alec Hyman (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Major John Arbuthnot (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Private Derek Toogood (4 episodes, 2011)
Colin Harris ...
 Private Raymond Atkinson (4 episodes, 2011)
Amir Najjar ...
 Hassan (4 episodes, 2011)
Fatma Yahia ...
 Samira (4 episodes, 2011)
Mahmud Abu-Jazi ...
 Abu-Yousef (4 episodes, 2011)
Raida Adon ...
 Adiva (4 episodes, 2011)
Shai Egozi ...
 IDF Commander (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Leo Rosenbaum (4 episodes, 2011)
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 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)
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 Abdul-Basir (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Yaron (4 episodes, 2011)
Khulud Abu Lasen ...
 Khulud (4 episodes, 2011)
Loai Nofi ...
 Hamid (4 episodes, 2011)
Noa Kooler ...
 Sal'it (4 episodes, 2011)
Mark Spalding ...
 Police Sergeant Phipps (4 episodes, 2011)
Amir Haddad ...
 Khalid Habash (4 episodes, 2011)
Liam Evans-Ford ...
 Private Miggs (4 episodes, 2011)
Lana Zreik ...
 Rabab (4 episodes, 2011)
Adam Kotz ...
 Jewish Brigade Major (4 episodes, 2011)
Jamil Khoury ...
 Kareem (4 episodes, 2011)
Ayala Lipshitz ...
 Jewish Refugee on Beach (4 episodes, 2011)
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 IDF Checkpoint Conscript (4 episodes, 2011)
Firas Khoury ...
 Palestinian Father (4 episodes, 2011)
Mati Atlas ...
 Demonstration Ringleader (4 episodes, 2011)
Eyal Rozales ...
 Yaakov Maazel (4 episodes, 2011)
John Warnaby ...
 Colonel Henry Reid (4 episodes, 2011)
Ilan Ganani ...
 Jewish Man From House (4 episodes, 2011)
Michal Rubin ...
 Jewish Woman from House (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Operation Bulldog Paratrooper (4 episodes, 2011)
Benny Eldar ...
 Nathan Filer (4 episodes, 2011)
Alon Dahan ...
 Hebron Heckler (4 episodes, 2011)
Igal Reznik ...
 Mikhail (4 episodes, 2011)
Eva Huri
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Yoram Yosephberg ...
 Irgun Fighter in Deir Yassin (4 episodes, 2011)
Martin Blakelock ...
 Military Policeman (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Ahmed Abu El-Haija (4 episodes, 2011)
Max Benjamin Mager ...
 British Soldier / ... (3 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 (United Kingdom) – See 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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