The Promise (2011)

Claire Foy and Christian Cooke star in Peter Kosminsky's four-part drama serial. 18-year-old Erin sets out on an emotional journey when she retraces her grandfather's footsteps. Eight years in the making, it tells the story of British soldiers stationed in Palestine during the Mandate period 1945-1948 and the impact of those events on the current situation in Israel/Palestine.

Claire Foy, Christian Cooke, Perdita Weeks

Also starring: Ben Miles, Itay Tiran, Katharina Schüttler, Haaz Sleiman, Ali Suliman, Smadar Wolfman, Holly Aird, Hiam Abbass, Lukas Gregorowicz, Luke Allen-Gale, Iain McKee, Paul Anderson, Max Deacon

Channel 4 Synopsis:
The gripping drama will intercut between two timeframes and stories: that of Erin (Claire Foy), an 18-year-old Londoner who visits present-day Israel for the first time to spend a summer with her friend (Perdita Weeks); and that of her grandfather Len (Christian Cooke) who, in the 1940s was part of the British peace keeping force in Palestine and witnessed first hand the violent events during the last years of the British Mandate.

The story begins when Erin’s best friend, Eliza, the daughter of wealthy Israeli-Jewish parents, is called back to Israel for her National Service and invites Erin along to spend the summer with her and her family. En route, Erin starts to read a diary that she has found that was written by her grandfather in the forties. Moved by his account and the realisation he wasn’t much older than her when he wrote the diary, Erin retraces his steps in modern day Israel, seeing for herself the hard facts of life for both Jewish and Palestinian communities. But as Len’s story unfolds, Erin finds herself on a journey which takes her deep into the Occupied Territories and right to the heart of the unresolved disputes of the Mandate period.

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


  1. I didn't know Honeysuckle Weeks has a sister who also acts, they look so alike!

  2. Katherine, have you seen 'Lost in Austen'? Perdita plays Lydia. They also have a brother Rollo who acts! Think I'll add them to the "It's All Relative" list :)

  3. That photo is of Honeysuckle, not Perdita. All three of them look far too alike though!

  4. Is anyone else watching this? It's turning out to be a great series with some fabulous actors and dialogue.



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