Disney has announced that the first two episodes of National Geographic’s “A Small Light” will premiere on Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, the same day the series will debut on Disney+ in the United States. New episodes will release every Tuesday.
The news was shared on social media which you can see below:
Some stood by. She stood up.
Based on the true story of Miep Gies – the young woman who sheltered Anne Frank’s family for over two years.#ASmallLight, starring Bel Powley, is streaming 2 May on Disney+. pic.twitter.com/UowaMvK90h
— Disney+ UK (@DisneyPlusUK) February 16, 2023
The powerful, eight-episode limited series tells the remarkable story of 20-something secretary Miep Gies (Bel Powley), who didn’t hesitate when her boss Otto Frank (Liev Schreiber) asked her to hide him and his family from the Nazis during World War II. For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan (Joe Cole) and several other everyday heroes watched over the eight souls hiding in the secret annex. It was Miep who found Anne’s diary and preserved it so that she and Otto could later share it with the world. The series title comes from something Gies said late in her life: “I don’t like being called a hero because no one should ever think you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can turn on a small light in a dark room.”
Amira Casar plays Edith Frank, mother to Margot and Anne; Billie Boullet, portrays Anne Frank; and Ashley Brooke, plays Anne’s older sister Margot Frank. The remaining cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson as Tess (Miep’s best friend), Andy Nyman as Hermann van Pels, Caroline Catz as Auguste van Pels, and Noah Taylor as Dr. Fritz Pfeffer, who all hid in the annex with the Frank family; 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.
“A Small Light” is produced by ABC Signature in partnership with Keshet Studios for National Geographic. Executive producers and writers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Council of Dads”) serve as showrunners, and DGA award-winner and Emmy®-nominated executive producer Susanna Fogel (“The Flight Attendant,” “Cat Person”) directs multiple episodes, including the pilot. Executive producers are Peter Traugott and Lisa Roos for Keshet Studios, Alon Shtruzman for Keshet International, and Avi Nir for Keshet Media Group.
You can view a featurette for “A Small Light” below: