Friday, 11 February 2011

The Promise

On TV: Sunday 6th February 2011
Channel: Channel 4 9-10.30pm 
Episode Type: First part of a four-part drama series.

In 1 Sentence: Simply extraordinary. 
C4 Summary: Claire Foy and Christian Cooke lead an international cast, including Itay Tiran, Haaz Sleiman, Ali Sulaiman and Perdita Weeks, in Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama serial. Eighteen-year-old Erin sets out on an emotional journey when she retraces her grandfather's footsteps.
Episode Summary: Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len. Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine.

Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life - for both Jews and Arabs - in this troubled land. And as Len's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed in the 1940s.

Retracing Len's steps in modern-day Israel, Erin sets out on a heart-breaking journey in an effort to understand and fulfill a promise made by her grandfather over 60 years ago.

My review: Wow. This review will be short and sweet. 
The Promise is an incredible drama and I am so glad that there are four-parts, so I can relish it for four whole weeks. 

All you need to know about The Promise is that it is one of the best dramas I have seen on TV in a long time. The acting from Claire Foy and Christian Cooke is outstanding and are on the way to winning many awards - deservedly so. And the ending... just blew me away. 

Watch it now on 4OD or YouTube. You won’t regret it. 

Score: 9.5/10

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