The Promise tells the story of two British characters - Erin, an 18-year-old Londoner who visits present-day Israel for the first time, and her grandfather, Len - a soldier in the British peace-keeping force in 1940s Palestine.

Erin's best friend Eliza has joint British/Israeli nationality although she lives in the UK.  She travels to Israel to carry out National Service in the army and invites Erin to join her for the summer.

Erin is anticipating a summer of parties and attractive, young Israeli men but just before she departs she finds her sick grandfather's diary. She starts to read it en route to Israel and learns about his life in the army in the then Palestine.  She discovers Len witnessed first-hand the atrocities of the Holocaust and the violent events that occurred when the modern state of Israel was established.

Moved by Len's account and the realisation he wasn't much older than her when he wrote it, Erin retraces his steps in modern day Israel.  Her journey is exhilarating and turbulent in equal measure.  She is forced to confront the drama, complexity and tragedy of life in this troubled land for Jews and Palestinians alike. She also uncovers the disturbing conclusion to her grandfather's service in the Middle East and a deep love and understanding for a man she had naively written off as old and irrelevant.


Written and Directed by

Peter Kosminsky

Executive Producer

David Aukin


Hal Vogel

International Production Partners

Georges Campana

David Fisher

Line Producer

Lorraine Goodman

Make up & Hair Designer

Marese Langan

Costume Designer

Joanna Eatwell

Music Composed and Conducted by

Debbie Wiseman


David Blackmore

Production Designer

Pat Campbell

Director of Photography

David Higgs

Abu-Hassan Mohammed

Ali Suliman

Leo Rosenbaum

Ulrich Noethen


Amir Najar

Corporal Jackie Clough

Luke Allen-Gale

Private Ray Atkinson

Colin Harris

Private Alec Hyman

Max Deacon

Private Derek Toogood

Ben Batt

Sergeant Frank Nash

Paul Anderson

Sergeant Hugh Robbins

Iain Mckee


Yvonne Catterfeld

Major John Arbuthnot

Pip Torrens

Erin Matthews

Claire Foy

Sergeant Len Matthews

Christian Cooke

Eliza Meyer

Perdita Weeks

Clara Rosenbaum

Katharina Schüttler

Paul Meyer

Itay Tiran

Max Meyer

Ben Miles

Leah Meyer

Smadar Wolfman

Capt. Richard Rowntree

Lucas Gregorowicz

Omar Habash

Haaz Sleiman

Col. Henry Reid

John Warnaby


"It's a thankless task, frankly, which is one more good reason to thank him for taking it on."

"Soldier's story wins hearts and minds"

- Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent 

"Straight to the messy heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict - without shouty agitprop"

- John Crace, The Guardian

"This gripping Arab-Israeli drama deserves a BAFTA"

- James Walton, The Daily Telegraph 

"Peter Kosminsky is one of Britain's most acclaimed directors of hard-hitting television drama. His latest project – 11 years in the making – tells the story of postwar Palestine and Israeli independence through the eyes of a British soldier serving in the territory. It promises to be an event."

- Rachel Cooke, The Observer 


2011 Royal Television Society Awards |Nominated - Best Drama Serial

20011 Banff World Television Festival | Nominated - Best Mini-Series

2011 BAFTA Awards | Nominated BAFTA TV Award - Best Drama Serial for The Promise | Nominated BAFTA


TV Craft Award - Best Sound | Fiction, Graham Headicar 

2011 One World Media Award | Winner - Drama Award for The Promise

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