Television

It’s all history: Isaacs looks back fondly on broadcasting landmark

By Jenni Frazer, October 17, 2013

Few of us can claim the gift of prophecy and even the doyen of television grandees, Sir Jeremy Isaacs, would be reluctant to cast himself as someone who could see into the future.

Forty years ago, however, the young Isaacs had a vision of how television documentaries should be presented.

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Great TV, but there were gaps in Simon Schama's story

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 11, 2013

Next year, I shall be giving some classes on the recent history of the Middle East — or, rather, on the history of the Jewish dimension to Middle Eastern politics since the early 19th century.

My audience will be a mixed bunch of UK, EU and international students, all of whom will (if past experience is anything to go by) come with a predetermined set of ideas about that history.

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Mixed fortunes for Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz in Strictly

By Charlotte Oliver, September 29, 2013

Strictly Come Dancing shimmied back onto television screens this weekend, with notable performances from contestants Rachel Riley and Vanessa Feltz.

Ms Riley and her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev impressed the audience with their romantic waltz to Luther Vandross’s When I Need You.

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Homeland will not be filmed in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Plans to film the third series of an award-winning US drama show in Israel have now been cancelled due to concerns after the crisis in Syria.

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Simon Schama and BBC attacked over Story of Jews

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Activists have attacked historian Simon Schama’s documentary series on the history of the Jews, claiming it should not include his opinions on the creation of Israel.

The fifth and final episode of The Story of the Jews will focus on the relationship between the Holocaust and the creation of the modern-day state of Israel.

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Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley join Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley are among the 15 celebrities set to compete on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, it was announced this week.

Ms Feltz said she had agreed to go on the dance-themed reality show to acquire a new skill. She confessed: “I can’t jive, I can’t salsa, I can’t cha cha cha, I can’t waltz — I just can’t dance at all.”

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Peston trades on family's business history

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2013

I’ve just called my mum and found out a very interesting story,” relates BBC business editor Robert Peston, who is fronting a three-part BBC2 documentary on Britain’s retail industry — Robert Peston Goes Shopping — which begins next week.

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Hollywood star leads cast in BBC Israel thriller

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2013

Oscar-nominated actors Janet McTeer and Stephen Rea have joined the cast of a major BBC thriller set against the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it was announced this week.

Hollywood's Maggie Gyllenhaal has already signed up to star in The Honourable Woman, Hugo Blick's seven-part drama about family inheritance and world politics.

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The woman who helped Alan Sugar pick Apprentice finalists

By Sandy Rashty, July 11, 2013

As one of Lord Sugar’s most trusted confidantes, Claudine Collins was the obvious choice to act as a judge in The Apprentice.

Miss Collins, the managing director of advertising agency MediaCom, appeared in the semi-final of the BBC reality show this week to quiz the remaining five candidates hoping to make it through to the last round.

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i24News Israeli TV rival to al-Jazeera set to air in UK

By Shira Rubin, July 5, 2013

Israel’s first independent, round-the-clock news station was due to launch on Monday from its new Jaffa headquarters, as a rival to the Qatar-based news network al-Jazeera.

The station, called i24News, will broadcast in English and French, as well as in Arabic for five hours each day.

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