Television

Finally, Downton gets a kosher character

By Julia Weiner, October 23, 2014

For Jewish Downton Abbey fans, last Sunday's episode was a huge moment - the arrival of a character who is completely kosher. Finally.

True, there was excitement a couple of series ago when the Countess of Grantham's mother came to stay at Downton and we found out that her name was Martha Levinson.

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Big Brother watch: Will Davies now learn?

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

Sigh. Big Brother is back and it is more mind-numbing than ever.

Sixteen fame-hungry contestants are vying for the show's prize money and the possibility of a subsequent media career.

But no housemate's entrance has been more embarrassing than that of former JFS student Matthew Davies.

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Spoilt boy's Big Brother gaffe

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

An antisemitism watchdog has criticised a former JFS student for recycling "stereotypes about Jews and money" on the Big Brother reality TV show.

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Friday's family fortunes

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, June 12, 2014

Of all the TV programmes I'm involved with, the one that gives me most pleasure is Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, in which I play Auntie Val. The programme follows the weekly exploits of two 20-something (acting 12) Jewish sons at their parents' home every Friday night for their chicken and crumble.

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Richard Desmond set to sell Channel 5 for £450 million

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

British Jewish businessman Richard Desmond is set to complete the sale of Channel 5 for £450 million, it was reported this morning.

The deal - which is yet to be confirmed by Mr Desmond or buyer Viacom, the American broadcaster and owner of MTV – falls £250 million short of the billionaire’s initial £700 million asking price.

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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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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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