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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 Leah Meyer (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Chris Matthews (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 Raymond Atkinson (4 episodes, 2011)
Amir Najjar ...
 Hassan (4 episodes, 2011)
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 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)
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 Immanuel Katz (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Young Jawda (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Avram Klein (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Abdul-Basir (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Yaron (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Khulud (4 episodes, 2011)
Loai Nofi ...
 Hamid (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Sal'it (4 episodes, 2011)
Mark Spalding ...
 Police Sergeant Phipps (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Khalid Habash (4 episodes, 2011)
Liam Evans-Ford ...
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 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 ...
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Michal Rubin ...
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 Operation Bulldog Paratrooper (4 episodes, 2011)
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 Hebron Heckler (4 episodes, 2011)
Igal Reznik ...
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Yoram Yosephberg ...
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Martin Blakelock ...
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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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20 February 2011 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This serial is still running as I write, so this opinion is not necessarily final. I have found the series to be absorbing viewing so far as far as drama is concerned. It has me glued to the screen.

It is mainly set in a period that most people outside Palestine/Israel know little about. Christian Cooke is pretty good as the protagonist. I only wonder a little that his character is rather taciturn and unexpressive, which seems a bit out of kilter with the eloquent diary he is supposed to have written.

Others have noted that Claire Foy is Miss One Note here. However, a lot of teenagers are rather like her, sadly. Had I been in charge, I think I would have scrapped the present day parts. They are less tense and less interesting than the historical ones and the links between the two are a bit crass at times. Also, the Foy character has to read the diary in very slow instalments, which is unrealistic.

As an outsider, I cannot judge the fairness of the portrayal of the conflict in Palestine. It comes over as rather anti-Jewish to me.


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