11 episodes

A 10-part drama about the founding of Israel. Miriam is a Jewish immigrant to Palestine, and Youssef is an Arab inhabitant driven into exile.

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    • 4.2, 13 Ratings

A 10-part drama about the founding of Israel. Miriam is a Jewish immigrant to Palestine, and Youssef is an Arab inhabitant driven into exile.

    Ep 10. Birth of a Nation

    Ep 10. Birth of a Nation

    1948. The final episode of the epic drama. With the UN voting to establish a Jewish state, Israel is born – but the new state comes under attack from its Arab neighbours. The final episode of the epic drama series.

    Written by Steve Waters

    CAST
    Youssef: Amir El-Masry
    Miriam: Shani Erez
    Yehoshua: Philip Arditti
    Ben-Gurion: Elliot Levey
    Musa Alami: Sargon Yelda
    Judah Magnes: Neil McCaul
    The Palestinian woman: Nathalie Armin
    Other parts: Heather Craney, Clive Hayward and Hasan Dixon

    Original music: Glenn Sharp
    Sound design: Caleb Knightley
    Produced by Radio Drama London for BBC World Service

    • 27 min
    Ep 9. Death of a Village

    Ep 9. Death of a Village

    The epic drama series continues. 1948. Miriam and Youssef try to hold on to their ideals of peace as violence erupts following the UN vote for the partition of Palestine, and Deir Yassin comes under attack.

    Written by Steve Waters

    CAST
    Miriam: Shani Erez
    Youssef: Amir El-Masry
    Yehoshua: Philip Arditti
    Zahra: Lara Sawalha
    Musa Alami: Sargon Yelda
    Mohammed: Ramzi Dehani
    The Haganath Major: Clive Hayward
    Other parts: Hasan Dixon, Steve Waters and members of the cast

    Original music: Glenn Sharp
    Sound design: Caleb Knightley
    Produced by Radio Drama London for BBC World Service

    • 29 min
    Ep 8. Partition

    Ep 8. Partition

    1947. A vote is due to take place at the UN, proposing that Palestine be divided into two states, with Jerusalem held under international jurisdiction. But this does not meet with everyone’s approval. The drama continues.

    Written by Steve Waters

    CAST
    Youssef: Amir El-Masry
    Miriam: Shani Erez
    Yehoshua: Philip Arditti
    Ben-Gurion: Elliot Levey
    Zahra: Lara Sawalha
    Musa Alami: Sargon Yelda
    Mohammed: Ramzi Dehani
    Judah Magnes: Neil McCaul
    Other parts: Jessica Turner, Steve Waters and Sargon Yelda

    Original music: Glenn Sharp
    Sound design: Caleb Knightley
    Produced by Radio Drama London for BBC World Service

    • 28 min
    Ep 7. The Warning

    Ep 7. The Warning

    Episode seven of the drama. 1946. Elected headman of Deir Yassin Youssef promises peace with their kibbutz neighbours. Meanwhile, a bomb has been placed in British headquarters - the King David Hotel.

    Written by Steve Waters

    CAST

    Miriam: Shani Erez
    Youssef: Amir El-Masry
    Yehoshua: Philip Arditti
    Ben-Gurion: Elliot Levey
    Harry Lister: Blake Ritson
    Zahra: Lara Sawalha
    Menachim Begin: Daniel Rabin
    Other parts: Hasan Dixon and Clive Hayward

    Original music: Glenn Sharp
    Sound design: Caleb Knightley
    Produced by Radio Drama London for BBC World Service

    • 28 min
    Ep 6. The Death Ships

    Ep 6. The Death Ships

    1942. Thousands of European Jews attempt to flee persecution from war in unsuitable boats - but the British refuse permission for them to land in Palestine. Meanwhile, Miriam takes up the armed struggle in earnest. Episode six of the drama.

    Written by Steve Waters

    CAST
    Youssef: Amir El-Masry
    Miriam: Shani Erez
    Yehoshua: Philip Arditti
    Ben-Gurion: Elliot Levey
    Zahra: Lara Sawalha
    Harry Lister: Blake Ritson
    Mohammed: Ramzi Dehani
    Menachim Begin: Daniel Rabin
    Other parts: Heather Craney and Hasan Dixon

    Original music: Glenn Sharp
    Sound design: Caleb Knightley
    Produced by Radio Drama London for BBC World Service

    • 28 min
    Ep 5. The Revolt

    Ep 5. The Revolt

    1936. Arabs declare a general strike and a dangerous armed uprising begins, while Miriam finds herself drawn to take more direct action against the British. The epic drama continues.

    Written by Steve Waters

    CAST
    Miriam: Shani Erez
    Youssef: Amir El-Masry
    Yehoshua: Philip Arditti
    Zahra: Lara Sawalha
    Harry Lister: Blake Ritson
    Mahmoud: Daniel Rabin
    McMasters: Neil McCaul
    Other parts played by Sargon Yelda, Hasan Dixon and members of the cast

    Original music: Glenn Sharp
    Sound design: Caleb Knightley
    Produced by Radio Drama London for BBC World Service

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Snowie44 ,

Excellent, thought-provoking drama

Gripping portrayal of the turbulent decades that led to the founding of Israel.

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