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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Series cast summary:
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 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 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 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


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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Drama | Mystery | War






English | Hebrew | Arabic | German

Release Date:

6 February 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gelobtes Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Acre, Israel See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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3 March 2011 | by Edinman1See all my reviews

I had a personal interest in this for two reasons. My father served with the paras in Palestine (having joined up to fight the Germans) and I've had a long-term interest in what is now known as the 'IP' question. I have to say I was engrossed by the whole series, although there a few dramatic devices which were verging on the unbelievable. It might have worked better as a drama for those who knew absolutely nothing about the situation, in either era. I probably spent too much time worrying about the politics. My sympathies have always lain with the Palestinian side, and there were bits of it I thought were good for setting out a side to Israel that isn't always seen (eg the attitude of the settlers to the indigenous population, which I suspect are an embarrassment to many Israelis). However, although I know where I stand, I wouldn't want to watch anything which contained too much simple propaganda. I think The Promise did achieve a level of balance, sometimes to the detriment of the drama (eg the King David Hotel incident being followed by a suicide bomber). The perception has been is that The Promise was more pro Arab than Israeli, but I can guarantee that no-one with strong views and a knowledge of the history would be particularly satisfied with the politics. For instance, all the main characters were either Brits or Jews, the Arabs were walk-on one dimensional characters. I think it can best be regarded as a drama set in turbulent times, and not as a drama documentary - there is simply too much history to cover to do anything else. I realise it was a dramatic device but poor Len seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time throughout. To put in context, the British had about 100,000 troops in Palestine from 46 to 48, and lost 234 (ish). Not a small figure, but less than you would think from watching The Promise where every other Jew appeared to be a member of the Irgun (which was just one of a number of Jewish organisations). And the 100,000 weren't all Paras... As others have mentioned, why didn't Erin just read the whole diary at once!! Anyway, I elected not to include spoilers so I'll remain silent on various bits which annoyed me along the 'that didn't happen' and 'that couldn't happen' lines. But overall, I did actually enjoy it. Worth watching.

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