In Conversation with Peter Kosminsky

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Peter Kosminsky, writer and Director of Channel 4's ‘The Promise’, visits Bournemouth University

Take a look at television any night and you’ll see most of it is rubbish – undemanding, escapist tosh.

Acclaimed writer and director Peter Kosminsky visits Bournemouth University (BU) on Tuesday 1 March for a Royal Television Society (RTS) Southern Centre ‘In Conversation’ event.

Peter’s most recent project, ‘The Promise’, tells the story of British soldiers in 1940's Palestine, forced to hold the ring between the arriving Jews from Europe's concentration camps and Arabs who had lived in the region for generations. The modern day consequences of the conflict are told through the eyes of the granddaughter of one of the soldiers.

‘The Promise’ is gripping, quickly drawing the viewer in to a historical situation that most people know very little about. It is both revealing and unsettling.

Gordon Cooper from the Media School at BU is Chair of the RTS Southern Centre and is hosting the event. He said: “Kosminsky has a distinguished history in producing hard hitting TV dramas which specialise in making the political personal. The evening will present an opportunity to question Peter about the range of his work and his methods of production.”

Kosminsky himself made some telling comments to Media School graduates when he collected his Honorary Doctorate in 2009. “Take a look at television any night and you’ll see most of it is rubbish – undemanding, escapist tosh,” he said.

“Used correctly, this medium has incredible power and that power is about to be passed into your hands. I would beg you to make good use of it. You don’t just have to continue to mimic what’s gone before. It’s time for a new generation to come along and make some mischief.”

Kosminsky’s other politically-loaded projects have included Muslim suicide bombers (Britz), the death of Dr David Kelly (The Government Inspector), disillusioned Labour party Blairites (The Project) and the war in Bosnia (Warriors).

Peter Kosminsky in Conversation takes place in the Large Lecture Theatre, Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University on Tuesday 1 March at 7:30. It is a free event and is open to anyone. You will need to register at

‘The Promise’ is currently broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday evenings at 9:00 pm. It’s a four part drama and if you’ve missed previous episodes you can watch them by visiting the 4OD website ( )

Notes to Editors:
1.    BU is the UK’s Number One New University (first place among all institutions that became universities since 1992) according to The Guardian University Guide 2009 & 2010. (
2.    In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) BU is the fourth most improved university in the UK for the quality of its research (according to Times Higher Education).

BU Press Office: Tel: (01202) 963963 e-mail: press(at)bournemouth(dot)ac(dot)uk


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