Arts features

It's hold the Front page as actress gets Curious

By Gerald Jacobs, June 19, 2014

'I've been writing - for the Guardian, Independent, Observer - almost as long as I've been acting," says Rebecca Front, recalling the genesis of Curious, her newly published collection of gently candid, personal essays.

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Young pundit has no time for elevenses

By Rosa Doherty, June 6, 2014

Grace McLaughlin has performed stand-up in Scandinavia, holds strong political opinions and has just made her TV debut on a Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary. Grace is 11.

The west London schoolgirl was a voluble participant in Dinner at 11, broadcast on Monday, in which a group of children from diverse backgrounds were filmed at a dinner party discussing issues important to them.

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Phyllis, 92, cooks up a storm

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Grandmother Phyllis Morgan is about to make her TV debut at 92 as one of the stars of retail expert Mary Portas's show, Mary's Silver Service, which launches on Channel 4 next week.

The programme follows Portas in her quest to bring pensioners back into the workplace and Harrow-based Morgan is one of them.

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How Holby tackled a story from the Shoah

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2014

Viewers of prime-time BBC One hospital drama Holby City are being gripped by a storyline involving a Jewish doctor and a patient with a Nazi past, which the programme makers have included to put antisemitism in the spotlight.

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To be totally Frank, Jon Ronson's interests are on the margins

By Stephen Applebaum, May 12, 2014

Over the years, Jon Ronson’s fascination with finding out what makes people on the margins tick has seen him hang out with members of the Klu Klux Klan [“They didn’t know I was Jewish — they do now”] and the Aryan Nations [“They asked: ‘What is your genealogy?’ That’s the one time I felt some risk”].

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Reflections on leading Israel tour

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2014

What could possibly go wrong for the young leaders tasked with the responsibility of looking after the 1,200 16-year-olds taking UJIA Israel Experience tours in Israel this summer. For Mancunian Lindsay Weisberg, 21, “the worst thing that could ever happen to me as a tour leader would be, God forbid, if I lose a child. Can you imagine?”

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Blondie mainstay gets to focus on the negatives as 10th album comes out

By Paul Lester, April 17, 2014

When a prominent member of a legendary American pop-rock-disco-rap band inquires as to your well-being, you’d better make sure your reply is more interesting than “Fine, thanks”.

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Pop art queen’s quiet fame

By Simon Round, March 27, 2014

Deborah Azzopardi’s paintings are sold in poster, print and greeting card form globally. And if you do not know her name, you will almost certainly recognise examples of her work, sold worldwide by Ikea and retailers in 50 countries. But what is perhaps more eye-opening is how she became an artist in the first place.

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Seeing Wizo take care of business

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

Take five socially-conscious movers and shakers, place them under the wing of an international women’s movement at the forefront of social action in Israel and show them its work at first hand.

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The TV tale of the happy slappy beauty consultants

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Take two cheeky blonde beauticians, tell them to sell a “ridiculous” face-slapping treatment to trusting customers and you’ve got a great TV show.

At least, that’s what Channel 4 executives thought when they recruited Melissa Hartzel and Sammy Jacobs to take part in Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade, whose opening episode was broadcast on Monday.

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