Arts features

Reviewed: Exile and Case Sensitive

By Simon Round, May 6, 2011

Exile
BBC1: 4/5

Case Sensitive
ITV1: 3/5

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Jesus? We're innocent

April 29, 2011

The Story of Jesus
BBC1, 2/5

What's the Point of Forgiveness?
BBC1, 3/5

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Interview: Adam Goldberg

By Robert Collins, April 28, 2011

People tend to recognise Adam Goldberg's face before his name. He is the actor most remembered for playing the Jewish soldier Private Mellish in Saving Private Ryan and Eddie Meneuk, Chandler's scene-stealing, reality-challenged roommate, in Friends.

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A survivor's tale just right for Pesach

By Simon Round, April 21, 2011

The Baby Born in a Concentration Camp
BBC1, 4/5

Annabel's Kitchen
CITV, 4/5

To misquote Tolstoy, most tales of families murdered in the Holocaust are depressingly similar, but each story of survival is miraculous in its own way. To live through the most well organised mass murder in history usually took a triumph of the human spirit and a fair degree of luck.

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Shai Kremer: Israel's Controversial Photographer

By Melanie Abrams, April 18, 2011

Shai Kremer is a photographer to watch. His stunning Israeli landscapes were immediately snapped up by the New York gallerist, Julie Saul, at his Masters graduate show in 2005. Since then his work has won international acclaim with shows in some of the world's leading galleries including Tate Modern and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Review: The Chemist of Life and Death

By Simon Round, April 14, 2011

If ever there was a convincing argument for the licence fee, it is programmes like this. Very few commercial broadcasters use their resources to make documentaries about industrial chemists who died nearly 80 years ago.

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Review: Friday Night Dinner

By Simon Round, April 7, 2011

Even before I watched this comedy, I knew I was going to hate it. Comments from friends ran the gamut from: "I would rather have my teeth pulled than watch this again" to "I would rather have my eyes gouged out with a fork than watch this again."

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Mystical appeal of Dora the primitive

By Philip Vann, March 24, 2011

In vibrant oil paintings of lovers embracing, mothers shopping for the Sabbath and families picnicking, in dark gouaches of meditative rabbis, and in luminous watercolours, Dora Holzhandler imbues her subjects with a spirit of mystical intimacy.

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Interview: Michael Grade

By Michael Freedland, March 10, 2011

Michael Grade is not the man he was. When we last met, a long time ago now, he was everything that the caricatures made of him. He sat in a plush office, red braces and red socks, smoking a giant cigar. As boss of Channel 4 at the time, he was every bit the big mogul.

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Interview: Nev Schulman

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

As Yaniv “Nev” Schulman points out, he’s got a fair amount in common with Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.

Both are 26, from Jewish families in New York and live enviable lives surrounded by the latest in geek-dream software. And for both, being part of what Schulman calls “the first Facebook generation” has had unimaginable consequences.

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