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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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Cast

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 ...  Private Raymond Atkinson 4 episodes, 2011
Amir Najjar Amir Najjar ...  Hassan 4 episodes, 2011
Fatma Yahia Fatma Yahia ...  Samira 4 episodes, 2011
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Raida Adon ...  Adiva 4 episodes, 2011
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Ulrich Noethen ...  Leo Rosenbaum 4 episodes, 2011
Yvonne Catterfeld ...  Ziphora 4 episodes, 2011
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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
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Eva Huri Eva Huri 4 episodes, 2011
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Salim Dau ...  Ahmed Abu El-Haija 4 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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Drama | Mystery | War

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UK

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English | Hebrew | Arabic | German

Release Date:

6 February 2011 (UK) See more »

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The Promise See more »

Filming Locations:

Acre, Israel See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Promising
20 February 2011 | by pawebsterSee 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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