Television

Irving's Hitler hair sample shown to be fake

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

The sample of Hitler’s hair which Channel 4 paid Holocaust denier David Irving more than £3,000 for, has been revealed as a fake.

The Channel bought the sample for its documentary series Dead Famous DNA, but said tests had shown it was not authentic.

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Channel 4 buys Hitler's hair from David Irving for £3,000

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

Channel 4 has defended its decision to buy a lock of Hitler’s hair from Holocaust-denier David Irving.

Television executives said paying £3,000 was justified on scientific grounds.

The hair will be tested on the channel “Dead Famous DNA” programme which will be broadcast this week.

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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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Fame has taken us by surprise, reveal Gogglebox stars Leon and June

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2014

Leon is putting out the bins, June Bernicoff explains as she answers the phone.

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BBC says no offence intended over Mrs Brown joke

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

The BBC has responded to an allegation that “Jewish stereotypes” were used in the Christmas Day episode of the sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, by insisting no offence was intended.

In the episode, Mrs Brown reads out the answer “Jews” instead of “Jaws” when asked the name of a film about a “great white shark”, in a game devised by dyslexic character Buster.

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Israeli tycoon Haim Saban in bid to buy Channel 5

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

An Israeli tycoon is in the running to become the new owner of Channel 5.

According to a report in the Financial Times, Haim Saban, who owns investment firm Saban Capital, is preparing to bid for the channel and explore a possible merger with Channel 4.

Egyptian-born Mr Saban, whose firm owns Spanish broadcaster Univision, created the Power Rangers franchise.

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Browned off: BBC fails to see offence in TV ‘joke’

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

Viewers of the popular BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys have complained about a joke in the Christmas Day episode of the programme.

One complainant said the BBC in its response had failed to address his point about racism.

The episode showed characters playing a quiz game devised by a dyslexic character, Buster.

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Simon Schama: British Jews must resist the victim-bully image

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Historian Simon Schama has restated his Zionist beliefs and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

Despite the shock expressed in some circles over his statement that he was a Zionist in his recent BBC series The Story of the Jews, Professor Schama said he had meant to be bold and was “completely unapologetic”.

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Obey! Or is that oy vey? Who knew - the Doctor and the Daleks are Jewish

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2013

For many, the long-awaited television event of the year will finally arrive tomorrow night when the BBC shows the 50th anniversary episode of what must now be its most famous programme, Doctor Who.

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Hull is city of culture - and we’re gonna gerron with it

By Maureen Lipman, November 21, 2013

Being From Hull and Jewish and a woman, the triple whammy, generally one feels like saying, when asked to go there, “what’s second prize?”. But not today.

Today I woke up and found myself besieged by requests to big up my beleaguered home town on TV, radio and press, on the grounds that Hull has been named City of Culture 2017.

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