You do not have to be the son of a world-famous Marxist historian to have a sense of social justice, but once you know that theatre director Joss Bennathan’s father is Eric Hobsbawm, it seems to make more sense.
They have both, for instance, devoted themselves to communicating their respective fields to as wide an audience as possible. In Bennathan’s case this not only means staging classics for those who rarely get the chance to see them, but performing in them too.
Earlier this week an exhibition of photographs by American-Israeli photographer Elinor Carucci, entitled Intimacy, opened at the James Hyman Gallery in London. Many of the moments that she records show scenes that others would probably prefer to remain private; rituals of personal hygiene, moments of marital crisis, portraits of her and her family naked.
The humble surroundings of an east London pizza restaurant is about as far as you can get from the glitz of the X Factor studio, but that is where Stacey Solomon found herself this week, as she relaxed and reacquainted herself with her family after her 10-week stint on the nation’s favourite talent show.
More than 12 million viewers watched the former King Solomon High School pupil crash out of last weekend’s final, coming third behind eventual winner Joe McElderry and Olly Murs.
There was a time when Lionel Blair was so famous you could be forgiven for forgetting what he was famous for.
In the 1980s he was best known as the captain, no less, of the men’s team on that cosiest of television parlour games, Give Us A Clue.
To most viewers he was a celebrity who danced a bit — as opposed to a celebrity dancer — and to most TV producers, the embodiment of light entertainment, a composite of blinding smile, awe-inspiring hair and swivelling hips.
To visit Victor and Lilian Hochhauser’s home in Hampstead is to step into a world bursting with history. For more than 50 years, the husband-and-wife impresarios have been the undersung heroes of the arts, serving most famously as a bridge between British and Russian music, opera and ballet — their office is currently busy preparing the Bolshoi’s visit to London next summer.
At 56 Stephen Poliakoff is the undisputed heavyweight champion of British television drama. Now he has done something that he has never done before. He has made a thriller. Well ok, it is a thriller with many familiar Poliakoff ingredients — big houses, old money, and the English upper-middle classes.
But still, Poliakoff’s latest is a step away from the family sagas that he is normally associated with and for which he earned himself and the BBC a hatful of awards.
The Coen brothers' A Serious Man has been hailed as their "Jewish masterpiece", but its cast is a far cry from the celeb-fest of Burn After Reading and No Country For Old Men.
Fred Melamed, despite starring in nine Woody Allen movies, is one of the cast of relative unknowns. He plays slimy love rival Sy Abelman to Michael Stuhlbarg’s protagonist Larry Gopnik, and he has been nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for his work.
In September 1965, Leslie Caron flew from Hollywood — where she was living in extravagant style with her then lover Warren Beatty — to her home-town of Paris to play a French Resistance fighter in René Clément’s film, Is Paris Burning?
Ronit elkabetz is the face of Israeli cinema. The 43-year-old actress/director has starred in some of the country’s most acclaimed films over the past 10 years — including Late Marriage in 2001 and 2007’s The Band’s Visit. She has also co-written and directed two films with her brother, Shlomi. Born in a suburb of Haifa to parents of Moroccan descent, she now lives in Paris and Tel Aviv. Her latest performances, in Jaffa and The Girl On The Train, can be seen at the UK Jewish Film Festival, along with a screening of Late Marriage.
A lot of talent, a bit of luck, and a “ridiculous” amount of chutzpah have propelled Jess Robinson on to prime-time television.
At just 26, the impressionist has already appeared in the BBC’s Dead Ringers show and voiced characters on ITV’s Headcases. Now she is appearing, alongside Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, in The Culshaw and Stephenson Show in a coveted Saturday night slot on BBC1.