National Geographic reveals the first look at the upcoming limited series, A SMALL LIGHT
To celebrate Hanukkah, the photo shared a scene with the Frank, Van Pels, and Jess families observing the holiday while hiding out during World War II.
Starring Bill Pauley, Joe Cole, and Liev Schreiber, the eight-part series will premiere this spring on National Geographic and Disney+.
Caption: The Frank, Van Pels, and Jez families celebrate Hanukkah in the upcoming limited series A SMALL LIGHT, from National Geographic and ABC Signature in partnership with Keshet Studios. From left: Liev Schreiber as Otto Frank, Ashley Brooke as Margot Frank, Rudi Goodman as Peter van Pels, Billy Pollitt as Anne Frank, Amira Cassar as Edith Frank, Caroline Katz as Mrs. Van Pels, Noah Taylor in as Dr. Fever, Joe Cole as Jean Jess, Bill Powley as Mipp Jess, Andy Neyman as Mr. Van Bells. (Image credit: National Geographic for Disney/Dusan Martincek)
WASHINGTON — To celebrate Hanukkah, National Geographic has released the first photo of the upcoming limited series A SMALL LIGHT, which premieres this spring on National Geographic and Disney+. Meditating on the holiday themes of resistance, resilience, and courage, this first look shows Maeb, Jan Ges, the Frank family, the Van Pels family, and Fritz Pfeffer in a scene from the show in which they gather to celebrate the Jewish Hanukkah while hidden in the Secret Annex.
The robust eight-episode series tells the fascinating story of 20-something secretary Meb Jess (Bel Powley), who doesn’t hesitate when her boss, Otto Frank (Liev Schreiber), tells her to hide him and his family from the Nazis while they’re at it. World War II. Over the next two years, Maep, her husband Jan (Joe Cole), and several other regular heroes witness the eight souls hiding in the secret annex. It was Meb who found and preserved Anne’s diary so that later she and Otto could share it with the world. The title of the series comes from something Gies said late in life: “I don’t like being a hero because no one should think you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary, housewife or teenager can turn on a little light in a dark room.” “.
Also pictured is Amira Casar, who plays Edith Frank, Margot and Anne’s mother. Billy Bullitt, who portrays Anne Frank; and Ashley Brooke, who plays Anne’s older sister Margot Frank. The remaining cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson as Tess (Maep’s best friend), Andy Nyman as Herman van Pels, Caroline Katz as August van Pels, and Noah Taylor as Dr. Fritz Pfeffer, who all hide out in the annex with Frank’s family. Sally Mesham as Pip Voskwegl, Ian McIlhenny as Johannes Clement, Nicholas Burns as Victor Kugler, Meb’s classmates; and Lisa Sadovy as Mrs. Stoppelman, Laurie Kynaston as Casmir, and Sebastian Armesto as Max Stoppelman.
Small Light is being produced by ABC Signature in partnership with Keshet Studios for National Geographic. Executive producers and writers Joan Rutter and Tony Phelan (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Council of Dads”) serve as showrunners, and DGA Award winner and Emmy(R)-nominated executive producer Susannah Vogel (“The Flight Attendant,” “Cat Person”) directs. Multiple episodes, including the pilot The executive producers are Peter Traugott and Lisa Roos of Keshet Studios, Alon Shtruzman of Keshet International, and Avi Nir of Keshet Media Group.
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A studio of Disney Television Studios, ABC Signature produces many of ABC Entertainment’s biggest hits, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “black-ish,” and “Station 19”; She has co-produced “The Good Doctor,” “A Million Little Things,” “The Rookie,” “Home Economics,” and the late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Upcoming and upcoming ABC Signature series includes the Hulu co-production “Woke;” mature-ish” for Freeform, “The Wilds” for Amazon, and “The Godfather of Harlem” for EPIX. For the Disney+ streaming service, the series includes “The Mighty Ducks: The Makers of the Game,” “Big Shot,” “National Treasure,” and ” The highly anticipated Muppets Mayhem.
About Keshet Studios
With offices in Los Angeles and New York, Keshet Studios is the production arm of US-based Keshet International (KI), providing an international platform for outstanding American voices, stories, and talent. The studio draws on KI’s extensive catalog, as well as its extensive network of contacts, to develop, produce, and package content for the US and international markets. As part of its ongoing production charter and first-look agreement with Universal Television (UTV), Keshet Studios co-produces Fall hit La Brea (NBC) and David E Kelley’s The Missing (Peacock), while also participating in the development of numerous projects for various buyers, including Including After School Special, Ties That Bind, and The Stuntwoman with UTV. It’s also filming Echo 3, the US adaptation of Keshet’s When Heroes Fly, on Apple TV+.