Peter Kosminsky’s ‘The Promise’

What an emotional roller coaster! ‘The Promise’ started on Sunday evening and provided an explosive start to the four-part drama.


The adverts captured my eye and I thought I would give this drama a chance on Sunday.


The show started with young girl Erin and her mother visiting her sick granddad in hospital. We soon learnt that Erin had seen her granddad a handful of times during her life and didn’t know much about his life. When visiting his home, she finds an old diary, which belonged to him when he was younger. With Erin engrossed in the diary, we soon have a split story of Len’s life as a sergeant and Erin in present time, as she visits Israel and retraces his footsteps. The programme provides many shocking moments including old footage from a concentration camp, which was heart wrenching.


The footage from Len’s experiences in post-war Palestine was often disturbing and Christian Cooke played the part extremely well, proving a variety of emotions. As Len is now in hospital, the story has yet to develop answers about what happened with Erin’s mother and why they no longer have a relationship. Erin, played by Claire Foy, is a complex character and it will be interesting to see her story develop, as earlier in the show we saw her suffer an epileptic fit in a club. Also we can see already a romance brewing with Paul, a peace activist, who is the brother of Erin’s best friend Eliza.


The story is complex but keeps you gripped to the edge of your seat with you wondering what is going to happen next. The final scene had an explosive end and left us with a frustrating cliffhanger, wondering if Paul is still alive.The programme is an excellent idea by Peter Kosminsky and although the story is complicated at times when swapping between the 1940’s and current time, it is must-see TV.


With three more parts to go, catch up on the first part on [[www.channel4.com/programmes/the-promise/4od]]

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