Compelling four part TV series by Peter Kosminsky about a young London woman's journey to present day Israel told in parallel to her ailing grandfather's diary account of his time in Palestine at the end of World War 2. Erin (Claire Foy) discovers her grandfather's diary and travels to Israel where she unravels his story and the story of Israel's bloody rebirth in the 1940s. Great drama and controversial history (controversial for some, anyway), let down by a slightly implausible narrative ploy (the piecemeal reading of the diary over weeks of Erin's time both in London before she sets out on her journey and then in Israel: one presumes she might have read the whole diary before setting off on her journey!). Convincing parallels are drawn between present day Palestinian terrorism in Israel and Zionist terrorism in Palestine in the 1940s.
Gerard's score 70%