BBC dramatizes birth of Israeli nation in ‘balanced’ new 10-part radio play
LONDON — One of Britain’s most successful playwrights, Steve Waters, has taken on the thorny topic of Middle East politics with an ambitious 10-part drama about the birth of the State of Israel for the BBC World Service radio network.
“Miriam and Youssef” is about two young and idealistic people — one a Jew from Eastern Europe, the other a Palestinian Arab. It has an unusual narrative arc, with Waters introducing the characters in 1917 rather than in the immediate run-up to the birth of Israel in 1948.
The show launches April 29 on the BBC World Service website, and will be also be available as a podcast immediately.