Sky Arts 1 to show Hatufim – the Israeli drama that inspired Homeland

The satellite broadcaster will air the ten-part prisoner-of-war series from May

Sky Arts has acquired acclaimed Israeli drama Prisoners of War (Hatufim), on which hit US series Homeland is based.


The foreign-language drama will receive its UK television premiere on Sky Arts 1 in May.

Prisoners of War tells the the story of three IDF soldiers who were captured during active service behind enemy lines in Lebanon. Seventeen years later, the soldiers are released (only two come back alive) and the story of their time in captivity unfolds as they attempt to reintegrate into society. As well as handling the national hero status being thrust upon them via the public limelight, they try to cope with the pressures of being reintroduced to their families and friends.

Prisoners of War’s plot unravels through three time plains; before capture, life in captivity and the present day, which all intertwine to reveal dark secrets about the soldiers’ time in captivity.

The ten-part series, written and directed by Gideon Raff, originally aired on Israeli commercial channel Keshet Broadcasting, channel 2. It will air in the UK with English subtitles.

Prisoners of War formed the basis for US drama Homeland starring Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, which began its run on Channel 4 on Sunday.


James Hunt, Director Sky Arts, said: “With finely crafted writing and critical and audience acclaim when it first aired in Israel, we’re delighted to be able to bring this brilliant and gripping foreign drama to the UK for the first time exclusively on the channel.”