On Sunday night SBS screens a stand-out UK drama, the BAFTA-nominated series The Promise.
This was also nominated for Best Mini-Series at the 2010/201 as Banff World Television Festival.
What makes this 4 part drama so unique is its dual storylines, set in two eras: present day and the 1940s.
If you’re worried there’s nothing to watch as of this Sunday, think again -especially if you are a lover of quality, Arthouse drama.
From the multi-award winning writer and director Peter Kosminsky comes The Promise. In a love story that spans the ages, this four-part drama intercuts between the experiences of Erin, an 18-year-old Londoner in present day Israel and Gaza, and those of her military grandfather, Len, who was part of the British peace-keeping force in Palestine at the end of World War II.
Erin’s best friend Eliza, the daughter of wealthy Israeli-Jewish parents, 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.
8:30pm Sunday November 27 on SBS ONE.