Prisoners of War (TV series)

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Prisoners of War
Hatufim title.jpg
Also known asHatufim
Genre
Created byGideon Raff
Written byGideon Raff
Directed byGideon Raff
Starring
Country of originIsrael
Original language(s)Hebrew, Arabic
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gideon Raff
  • Liat Benasuly
Producer(s)Liat Benasuly
CinematographyItai Ne'eman
Running time45–60 minutes
Production company(s)Keshet Media Group
Broadcast
Original channelChannel 2
Original run6 March 2010 (2010-03-06) – present
Chronology
Related showsHomeland
External links
Website (Hebrew)
 
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Prisoners of War
Hatufim title.jpg
Also known asHatufim
Genre
Created byGideon Raff
Written byGideon Raff
Directed byGideon Raff
Starring
Country of originIsrael
Original language(s)Hebrew, Arabic
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gideon Raff
  • Liat Benasuly
Producer(s)Liat Benasuly
CinematographyItai Ne'eman
Running time45–60 minutes
Production company(s)Keshet Media Group
Broadcast
Original channelChannel 2
Original run6 March 2010 (2010-03-06) – present
Chronology
Related showsHomeland
External links
Website (Hebrew)

Prisoners of War (original title in Hebrew: חטופים Translit.: Hatufim Translated: "Abductees") is an Israeli television drama series made by Keshet and originally aired on Israel's Channel 2 from March to May 2010. A second season aired in Israel from October to December 2012, and a third season is planned. The series was created by Israeli director, screenwriter and producer Gideon Raff.

In July 2010, it won the Israeli Academy Award for Television for Best Drama Series.

The show was sold to 20th Century Fox Television and adapted into the acclaimed series Homeland for cable channel Showtime in the United States.

Plot overview[edit]

The series, set in 2008, depicts three Israeli soldiers who were captured seventeen years ago while on a secret mission with their unit in Lebanon.

Season 1[edit]

The story begins with the soldiers' return home after years of negotiations for their freedom. Nimrod Klein and Uri Zach return alive, along with the remains of Amiel Ben-Horin.

The series explores the reintegration of Nimrod and Uri into a society which has made them national icons, and into an interrupted family life, while working through the trauma of being held captive and tortured. On a personal level they have to deal with partners who waited or moved on, children who have grown up without them, and parents who have died.

They also have to undergo psychiatric evaluations and military debriefings. When a military psychiatrist finds discrepancies in their stories, an investigation is launched to discover what they are hiding.[1][2]

In the closing episode of the first season, the audience discover that Amiel did not die in captivity as was believed, but is alive and living in Syria as a Muslim.

Season 2[edit]

After flashbacks to events at a school in Metula in 1990, and to the period shortly after Nimrod and Uri's release, the second season rejoins the story a few days after the events at the end of the first season.

Initially disagreeing on what to do with their discovery that Amiel may still be alive, Nimrod and Uri take the information to Haim and Iris, who start to pursue their own (unofficial) investigation into what happened to Amiel - with unanticipated consequences.

Alongside this, the series continues to follow Nimrod and Uri (and the soldiers' families) as they pick up the pieces of their lives post-release. It also depicts Amiel for the first time as a living character (rather than Yael's visions of him) and follows his new life - as Yusuf, a Muslim - in Syria.

Cast and characters[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 2 (additional characters)[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming commenced on the first season of Hatufim in August 2009.[3] First season episodes had a budget of $200,000 each.[4]

The second season of Hatufim was filmed between May and October 2011.[5][6] It was originally due to be broadcast in Israel from December 2011[7] but the premiere was put back to June 2012[4] and then October 2012 due to the state of the local advertising market.[8]

Gideon Raff has confirmed that he intends to write a third season of Hatufim.[9][10]

Songs[edit]

SeasonEpisodeSong titleWritten byPerformed byAlbum (year)When featured in episode
12
10
"I Have Come Home"
(Hebrew: הנה באתי הביתה, Hine Bati Habaita)
Dana Berger &
Itay Pearl (he)
Dana Berger &
Itay Pearl
I Have Come Home
(2010)
Episode 2 - at the start, during Nimrod's early morning run.
Episode 10 - during the end credits.
(Although the song was released in 2010, it was not written specifically for the series.)[11][12]
5"Keep Your Soul - The Guard Song"
(Hebrew: שמרי נפשך - שיר משמר, Shimri Nafshech - Shir Mishmar)
Nathan Alterman &
Sasha Argov
Chava AlbersteinLet It Be
(Hebrew: לו יהי, Lu Yehi)
(1973)
After Amiel's funeral, while Yael's dogs are being walked.[13][14]
10"In A Dream"
(Hebrew: בחלום, Bachalom)
Jaroslav Jakubovic &
Michal Vered
Anat AtzmonIn A Dream
(1989)
At the start, when Uri is listening to old cassette tapes,
and later, in Nurit's kitchen.[15][16]
21"Goodbye, Sweetie"
(Hebrew: להתראות מתוק, Lehitraot Matok)
Meir Goldberg (he) &
Leah Shabat (he)
Nurit GalronGoodbye, Sweetie
(2000)
At the end, during the Nurit Galron concert.[17][18]
6"Shores (Are Sometimes)"
(Hebrew: (חופים (הם לפעמים, Chofim (Hem Lifamim))
Natan Yonatan &
Nachum Heiman (he)
N/AN/AHummed/sung by Abdullah at the end of prayers and while carrying out surveillance,
and later by Yusuf (Amiel) in his bathroom.[19][20][21]
12"The Heart"
(Hebrew: הלב, Halev)
Mirit Shem Or (he) &
Svika Pick
N/AN/A"Ivy" quotes lyrics from the song ("it's an autumn night and there are no stars")
while on the radio to "Bird".[22][23][24]
14"The Song of the Land"
(Hebrew: השיר על הארץ, Hashir Al Haaretz)
Joshua Sobol &
Yoni Rechter
Nurit GalronA Gentle Touch
(Hebrew: נגיעה אחת רכה, Negia Achat Raka)
(1984)
Towards the end, on the radio in Yael's living room.[25][26][27]

Reception[edit]

At the time of broadcast, the first season of Hatufim was Israel's highest-rated TV drama of all time.[4] It also achieved critical acclaim and was awarded Best Drama Series of 2010 by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television. For their work on the show, Gideon Raff won Best Directing for a Drama Series, Ishai Golan won Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Yael Abecassis won Best Actress in a Drama Series.[28][29]

The series was not without controversy, however. It was criticized by family members of soldiers held prisoner, including Miriam Groff, mother of one of the men released in the Jibril Agreement. She suggested that the series might encourage the kidnapping of soldiers.[30]

Viewing figures for the second season of Hatufim were even higher than for the first, with an average audience share of 40% (rising to 47.9% for the final episode) making it the highest-rated drama in Israel in 2012. Online viewing reached 3 million.[31]

At the 2013 Seoul International Drama Awards, Hatufim (season 2) was awarded the festival's Grand Prize, out of a total of 225 entries from 48 countries. Other series nominated included Homeland (season 2) and House (season 8).[32][33][34]

In the nominations for the 2013 Israeli Academy Television Awards (ceremony due to take place on 24 January 2014), season 2 of Hatufim has been shortlisted in a total of 9 categories, including (for Drama Series) Best Series, Best Directing (Gideon Raff), Best Screenplay (Gideon Raff) and Best Actor (Assi Cohen).[35][36][37]

In December 2009, three months before Hatufim premiered in Israel, it was reported that the rights to develop an American version of the series had been sold to 20th Century Fox Television.[38] It was sold on the strength of the script alone, before the series had even begun shooting. The result was the acclaimed show Homeland, developed in cooperation with Gideon Raff and broadcast on cable channel Showtime.[4][39]

Following on from the success of Hatufim in Israel, and the worldwide success of Homeland, Keshet has sold the original series (in Hebrew with subtitles) in a number of territories internationally, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the United States and several European countries.[40][41][42] The rights to produce local versions of the series have been sold in Russia[43][44][45] (due to start filming in March 2014[46]), Colombia and Mexico[47][48] and Turkey.[41][49][50]

Author Stephen King included Hatufim (season 1) at number 8 in his top 10 TV shows of 2012.[51]

The New York Times placed Hatufim (season 2) at number 2 in its top 12 TV shows of 2013.[52]

Episodes[edit]

The first season of Hatufim (10 episodes) aired on Channel 2 in Israel from March to May 2010.

The second season (14 episodes) aired in Israel from October to December 2012. The majority of episodes were released a week in advance for online viewing (rental service) via makoVOD.[53]

Season 1 (2010)[edit]

#Title[54][55]Written & Directed byOriginal air date
11"Homecoming" (original Hebrew title: השיבה, "The Return")Gideon Raff6 March 2010 (2010-03-06)
22"The Facility, Part 1"Gideon Raff13 March 2010 (2010-03-13)
33"The Facility, Part 2"Gideon Raff20 March 2010 (2010-03-20)
44"Letters from Mom"Gideon Raff27 March 2010 (2010-03-27)
55"Keep Your Soul"[56]Gideon Raff10 April 2010 (2010-04-10)
66"The Journal"Gideon Raff17 April 2010 (2010-04-17)
77"A Picture from Hell" (original Hebrew title: תמונה מהשבי, "A Picture from Captivity")Gideon Raff24 April 2010 (2010-04-24)
88"Family Portrait" (original Hebrew title: 'ושבו מצרימה...', "'...And They Return to Egypt'"[57])Gideon Raff8 May 2010 (2010-05-08)
99"Awake at Night"[58][59][60]Gideon Raff15 May 2010 (2010-05-15)
1010"The Tape" (original Hebrew title: גילוי מצבה, "Unveiling of a Monument")Gideon Raff22 May 2010 (2010-05-22)

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

#Title[53][54][61]Written & Directed byOriginal air date
111"First Grade" (original Hebrew title: להתראות מתוק, "Goodbye, Sweetie"[62])Gideon Raff15 October 2012 (2012-10-15)
122"Birthday" (original Hebrew title: חג לה שמח, "Happy Birthday"[63])Gideon Raff16 October 2012 (2012-10-16)
133"Little Lies"Gideon Raff22 October 2012 (2012-10-22)
144"Blue"Gideon Raff23 October 2012 (2012-10-23)
155"A Ghost from the Past" (original Hebrew title: פקידה פלוגתית, "Platoon Secretary")Gideon Raff29 October 2012 (2012-10-29)
166"The Song" (original Hebrew title: חופים, "Shores"[62])Gideon Raff5 November 2012 (2012-11-05)
177"The Picture"Gideon Raff12 November 2012 (2012-11-12)
188"The Double Agent" (original Hebrew title: מותו של סוכן, "Death of a Salesman")[64]Gideon Raff26 November 2012 (2012-11-26)
199"Mika's Boyfriend"Gideon Raff3 December 2012 (2012-12-03)
2010"The Notebook" (original Hebrew title: חלבה, "Halva")Gideon Raff10 December 2012 (2012-12-10)
2111"Our Agent in Damascus" (original Hebrew title: האישה שלנו בדמשק, "Our Woman in Damascus"[65])Gideon Raff17 December 2012 (2012-12-17)
2212"The Kidnapping" (original Hebrew title: נוהל חניבעל, "The Hannibal Procedure")Gideon Raff18 December 2012 (2012-12-18)
2313"Operation Judea" (original Hebrew title: מבצע יהודה, "Operation Judah"[66])Gideon Raff24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)
2414"Prisoners of War"Gideon Raff25 December 2012 (2012-12-25)

International broadcast history[edit]

Hatufim in its original format (in Hebrew with subtitles) has been sold internationally for broadcast on network and pay television, for download via VOD, and for DVD release.

The table below is in chronological order of first airing/release.

Broadcaster/
Provider
Territories coveredTitleSeason 1Season 2Additional information
Dates first broadcastVOD releaseDates first broadcastVOD release
Sky Arts United KingdomPrisoners of War10 May to 12 July 2012N/Anot yet knownN/ASky Arts initially said it had no plans to show season 2. In May 2013 it
indicated that the series would return later in the year. There has been no
further update.[41][43][67][68][69][70][71]
Hulu United StatesPrisoners of WarN/A14 July to 15 September 2012
Episodes released weekly
N/A28 May to 20 August 2013[54][72]
Episodes released weekly on Hulu
Entire season available on Hulu Plus
Hulu's first foreign language exclusive series in the United States.
Available on Hulu and Hulu Plus.[2][40][43][73]
YLE FinlandSodan vangit7 January to 11 March 2013N/A18 March to 17 June 2013[74]N/ASeasons 1 and 2 were aired consecutively with no break.[40][43][44][73]
SBS AustraliaPrisoners of War19 January to 23 March 2013
2 October 2013 to 15 January 2014[76][77]SBS On Demand
(for 28 days post-broadcast)[78]
iTunes Store Australia[79]
Season 1 aired on SBS ONE and SBS HD, as is Season 2.
SBS also holds DVD/VOD rights (seasons 1 and 2).[43][44][49][80][81][82][83][84][85]
Netflix
(Nordic region)
Prisoners of WarN/AFebruary 2013[86]N/AN/ASeason 1 only.[40][73]
Arte
(French)
Hatufim
(Prisonniers de Guerre)
9 May to 6 June 2013[87][88]
not yet knownnot yet knownSeason 1 was aired two episodes at a time.
Arte also holds French language DVD/VOD rights (seasons 1 and 2).[43][44][80]
Arte
(German)
Hatufim
(In der Hand des Feindes)
9 May to 6 June 2013[87][88]Arte +7
(for 7 days post-broadcast)[91]
not yet knownnot yet knownSeason 1 was aired two episodes at a time.[43][44][80]
Super Channel
(English)
 CanadaPrisoners of War10 July to 7 August 2013[92]Super Channel On Demand
(until 30 September 2013)
iTunes Store Canada[93]
14 August to 25 September 2013[92]Super Channel On Demand
(until 31 October 2013)
iTunes Store Canada[94]
Show aired on Super Channel 3, two episodes at a time.
Seasons 1 and 2 were aired consecutively with no break.

Video Services Corp holds exclusive distribution rights in Canada.
Includes broadcast and DVD/VOD rights (seasons 1 and 2).[49][50][95]

not yet known
(French)
 Canadanot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownVideo Services Corp holds exclusive distribution rights in Canada.
Includes broadcast and DVD/VOD rights (seasons 1 and 2).[49][50][95]
NRK NorwayHjemkomsten12 to 21 September 2013NRK on demand
(for 14 days post-broadcast)
N/AN/ASeason 1 aired on NRK2, multiple episodes at a time.[96][97]
It was originally due to be broadcast from 13 June 2013.[49]
NRK is considering acquiring broadcast rights for Season 2.[98]
not yet known GermanyHatufim
(In der Hand des Feindes)
N/Anot yet knownN/Anot yet knownUniversal Pictures Germany holds DVD/VOD rights.[49][50]
not yet known Portugalnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownLUK Internacional holds distribution rights in Portugal and Spain.
Includes broadcast and DVD/VOD rights.[49][50][99]
not yet known Spainnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownnot yet knownLUK Internacional holds distribution rights in Portugal and Spain.
Includes broadcast and DVD/VOD rights.[49][50][99]
Globosat Brazilnot yet knownDue to premiere in 2014N/Anot yet knownN/ASeasons 1 and 2 will be broadcast on +Globosat.[42][100]

DVD releases[edit]

SeasonAudioSubtitlesRelease datesEpisodesDiscs
Region 1Region 2Region 4
1HebrewEnglish8 October 2013[101][102]16 July 2012[103]3 April 2013[84][104]103
Hebrew
French
FrenchN/A22 May 2013[89][105][106]N/A103
Hebrew
German
GermanN/A8 August 2013[107]N/A103
2HebrewEnglishN/AN/A4 December 2013[85]144
1 & 2HebrewHebrew
English
N/A20 March 2013[108][109][110]N/A247

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