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A Small Light release date and first look at new limited series on Disney+ in the UK

A release date and first trailer has been revealed for new limited series A Small Light on Disney+ in the UK.

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The show shares the real-life story of Miep Gies, who played a critical role in hiding Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation in Amsterdam.

A Small Light will premiere on Tuesday 2 May on Disney+.

Miep Gies, played by Bel Powley, delivers a surprise of fresh strawberries to the annex as seen in A SMALL LIGHT.
Miep Gies, played by Bel Powley, delivers a surprise of fresh strawberries to the annex as seen in A SMALL LIGHT. (Credit: National Geographic for Disney/Martin Mlaka)

A synopsis shares: “Based on a true story, A Small Light follows Miep Gies, a young, carefree secretary who hid Otto Frank and his family from the Nazis in WWII.

“For nearly two years, Miep and her husband Jan protected the Franks and others while she held down a day job, kept her marriage intact and shouldered more responsibility than anyone could imagine.

“While millions are familiar with Anne Frank’s diary and her family’s life in the Secret Annex, A Small Light is the lesser-known story of how an ordinary secretary showed extraordinary courage during one of the darkest moments in history.”

The show stars Bel Powley as Miep, Joe Cole as her daring husband Jan and Liev Schreiber as her boss Otto Frank.

You can watch a first trailer below…

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Additional cast includes Amira Casar, who plays Edith Frank, mother to Margot and Anne; Billie Boullet, who portrays Anne Frank; Ashley Brooke, who plays Anne’s older sister Margot Frank; Andy Nyman as Hermann van Pels, Caroline Catz as Auguste van Pels, Rudi Goodman as Peter van Pels, and Noah Taylor as Dr. Fritz Pfeffer, who all hid in the annex with the Frank family; Eleanor Tomlinson as Tess, Miep’s best friend; Sally Messham as Bep Voskuijl, Ian McElhinney as Johannes Kleiman, and Nicholas Burns as Victor Kugler, Miep’s coworkers; and Liza Sadovy as Mrs. Stoppelman, Laurie Kynaston as Casmir, and Sebastian Armesto as Max Stoppelman.

Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, creators and executive producers, said: “People may know the story of Anne Frank and her family, but what happened outside the annex walls was just as powerful, inspiring and resonant. When we heard about Miep and Jan’s inherent strength in risking their lives for others during the occupation, we were blown away. A Small Light is a true story that should never be forgotten. We hope it leaves a lasting impact on viewers and helps to show the importance of discovering untold stories of the Holocaust and the lessons it continues to teach.”

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