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A Small Light

A Small Light

  • Premiered: 
    May 1, 2023
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Joan Rater & Tony Phelan 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Created and executive produced by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, A SMALL LIGHT is a limited series that focuses on the inspiring, real-life story of secretary Miep Gies, who played a critical role in hiding Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation in Amsterdam. Miep was a young, carefree and opinionated woman -- at a time when opinions got you killed -- when her boss, Otto Frank, asked her to help hide his family from the Nazis during WWII. Without hesitation, Miep agreed. For the next two years, she and her daring and devoted husband Jan, with several other everyday heroes, watched over the Frank, van Pels and Pfeffer families hiding in the secret annex. A life once filled with parties and pints, the series details how Miep's life changed the moment she said "yes." From daily food runs to scrounging for ration coupons to selling beloved heirlooms, it took countless selfless sacrifices. In the end, it was Miep who found Anne Frank's diary and preserved it so that she and Otto could later share it with the world to ensure it served as a testament for generations to come.

Filmed on location in Amsterdam and Prague, A SMALL LIGHT also reveals that in addition to hiding the eight souls in the annex from the Nazis, the brave couple was simultaneously hiding many others in and around Amsterdam with the help of the Dutch Resistance. Powley's fierce performance shakes the cobwebs off history and makes Miep's story feel relevant and timely, forcing audiences to ask themselves what they would have done in Miep's shoes; and in modern times, asking if they would have the courage to stand up to hatred. The series title comes from something Miep 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."

A SMALL LIGHT debuted with back-to-back episodes on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 9-11:30pm ET/PT on National Geographic Channel, with a simulcast on Nat Geo Wild and Lifetime. Two episodes debuted weekly on Mondays on National Geographic Channel through May 22.
On Monday, May 22, 2023 from 9-11pm ET/PT, National Geographic Channel debuted the final two episodes of A SMALL LIGHT:

"What Can Be Saved" (9pm): The Nazis raid Opekta. When they arrest the people in the secret annex, Miep turns to Silberbauer. Maybe the Nazis are bribing. She will have to beg, but Miep will not give up

"Legacy" (10pm): During the hunger winter, Miep manages to keep Opekta running. After the liberation of Amsterdam, Miep and the other helpers try to find out what became of their Jewish friends.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC Signature Studios
  • Produced by Keshet Studios


  • - Amsterdam Netherlands