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The Diary of Anne Frank

by BBC


An eye-opening reminder of the human cost of the Nazi genocide, and the loss of a life barely begun.

Five-part series. Anne Frank started to write her diary on her 13th birthday in June 1942, just two weeks before she and her family were forced to go into hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland.


Wonderfully dramatized and quite beautifully acted. It is hugely heartening to begin a new year with a reminder that the BBC can still make fantastic, accessible drama.

– The Independent

The BBC’s current adaptation of The Diary Of Anne Frank is nigh-on perfect. This beautifully rendered version will hopefully have a powerful impact on younger viewers and may well be shown in English classes for years to come. Sensitively written by Deborah Moggarch with help of course from Anne’s remarkably articulate yet unmistakably teenage diaries, it also boasts a collection of perfectly pitched performances from the likes of Iain Glen, Lesley Sharp, Nicholas Farrell and newcomer Ellie Kendrick in the lead role. I literally can’t fault this superior slice of television.

– The Glasgow Herald

One of the best television series I’ve seen in a very long time. Ellie Kendrick is brilliant in the title role with fine support from Iain Glen and Tamsin Greig amongst others.

– Sunday Telegraph

Run over five consecutive evenings and with a fine script by Deborah Moggarch with wonderfully nuanced performances from all concerned:Beautifully filmed with unobtrusive attention to detail, the series is instantly engrossing and thanks to the irrepressible voice of Anne, full of humour.

– The Observer

It’s as close as you’ll get to a definitive version.

– The Guardian

Jon Jones direction of this adaptation of Anne Frank’s timeless Second World War masterpiece doesn’t put a foot wrong.

– The Times


Ellie Kendrick
Anne Frank
Iain Glen
Otto Frank
Tamsin Greig
Edith Frank
Felicity Jones
Margot Frank
Lesley Sharp
Petronella Van Daan
Ron Cook
Hermann Van Daan
Geoff Breton
Peter Van Daan
Nicholas Farrell
Albert Dussel
Kate Ashfield
Miep Gies
Tim Dantay
Mr Kugler
Roger Frost
Mr Kleiman
Mariah Gale
Bep Voskuijl
Jon Jones
Deborah Moggach
Elinor Day
Charlie Mole



One of the best television series I’ve seen in a very long time.