Arts features

Radio review: Ajax - the Jewish club

By Simon Round, February 7, 2013

Fans of Dutch football club Ajax call themselves the “super Jews”. They wear scarves adorned with Stars of David and display Israeli flags in the Amsterdam Arena where the team plays .But Ajax is not a Jewish club. Only 500 of the weekly attendance of 50,000 is Jewish.

This was a fascinating and disturbing investigation into why Ajax fans have adopted this spurious Jewish identity.


TV review: Yes, Prime Minister

By Simon Round, January 24, 2013

Around 26 years after the last episode of Yes, Prime Minister aired, it is back, with the same writing team but a different cast — Henry Goodman replaces the peerless Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey and David Haig is the bumbling PM Jim Hacker in place of the much underrated Paul Eddington, both the original actors sadly no longer with us.


Questions of identity? For us, they're a laughing matter

By Philippa Fordham and Bennett Arron, January 24, 2013

Philippa Fordham writes:


An epic survivor's tale

By Simon Round, January 17, 2013

This extraordinary film was made by Lisa Bryer, the producer of The Last King of Scotland, about her Aunt Henia.

According to the producers, when it was shown to BBC1 controller Danny Cohen, he cleared the schedules so that the film could be the centrepiece of the Holocaust Memorial Day coverage. Having seen the 40-minute documentary, I can only endorse his decision


Revealed: Nikki van der Zyl, the secret Bond girl

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2013

People know my voice, they just don’t know me.When people see Ursula Andress in Dr No, or Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger, they don’t know that I revoiced them, and a lot of other Bond girls too.


Roman Polanski: the great survivor

By Melanie Abrams, January 10, 2013

With a string of instantly recognisable movies — Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist — Roman Polanski is one of the world’s pre-eminent filmmakers.

When Frantic was released in 1988, the influential American critic Roger Ebert dubbed him one of the few modern masters of the thriller and film noir.


Heirs to The Beatles: the story of 10cc

By Paul Lester, December 27, 2012

With their run of hits such as Donna, I’m Mandy Fly Me, The Wall Street Shuffle and Art For Art’s Sake and their number one singles I’m Not In Love, Rubber Bullets and Dreadlock Holiday, 10cc were one of the biggest bands of the ’70s.


The teenagers World Ort is teaching to lead... the British way

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2012

For Cenk Bonfil, training to become a better leader is not merely something to do to pass the time. Coming from the tiny Jewish community of Istanbul, he knows that if he does not act, there will be few others to do the job for him.


Spectacle, drama and singing nuns - welcome to the world of Meyerbeer

By Jessica Duchen, December 13, 2012

Giacomo Meyerbeer, a German Jewish banker’s son, rose to become arguably the most influential operatic composer of the 19th century, yet today his name is all but forgotten.


TV review: Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast

By Simon Round, December 6, 2012

Yotam Ottolenghi is not the first celebrity chef to make a culinary journey to the Mediterranean. Keith Floyd, Rick Stein, James Martin — you name them, they have all been there.