Hebburn: a British sitcom that avoids Jewish cliches

By Simon Round, October 19, 2012

Everyone has been attempting to get Jews into light entertainment and reality programmes recently, What with Grandma’s House, Strictly Kosher, Jewish Mum of the Year and Friday Night Dinner, the stereotypes have been flowing freely.


Lena Dunham's Sex and the City for the Facebook generation

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

An HBO series about four twentysomething women in New York, one of whom is a struggling writer played by a Jewish actress, all of whom are blessed with excellent comic timing and a slew of relationship dilemmas and emotional baggage. It might sound like the first series of Sex and The City, but in reality it could not be further from the coiffed and coutured adventures of Carrie Bradshaw and co.


ITV's Michael Grade: why I love klezmer music

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

Former ITV boss Michael Grade has revealed his affection for klezmer music ahead of a BBC documentary to be screened on Sunday.

Lord Grade, now a life peer, admitted that he knew little about the music of the shtetl until he was asked to narrate the BBC4 Timeshift programme, Klezmer: Now That’s What I Call East European Wedding Music… As Played by Yiddish Speaking People!


TV review: Homeland

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

The multi-award winning American drama Homeland, based on Gideon Raff’s equally superb Israeli series Prisoners of War, has returned for a second series.


TV review: Friday Night Dinner

By Simon Round, October 11, 2012

In the week in which Jewish stereotypes were spattered all over our screens in the kosher car crash that was Jewish Mum of the Year, Channel 4 presented the flip-side with Friday Night Dinner.
This sitcom, which attracted decent viewing figures in its previous, er, Friday-night slot, is the Jewish show that dare not speak its name.


ITV buys Israel dating show

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A trio of British women will turn to Israel for inspiration as they attempt to find their perfect partner.

They are set to take part in new ITV2 dating show Three — which the channel has bought from the same Israeli production company that inspired the Golden Globe-winning drama series Homeland.


Why it’s all bad news for the West Wing wonder Aaron Sorkin

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

'Crammed with incessant gibber-jabber" said the Washington Post. The San Francisco Chronicle described it as "a mess, but one you can't really look away from". And the AV Club blog worried about the prevalence of "self-righteous blather". Suffice to say, the reaction to Aaron Sorkin's latest series, The Newsroom, was not unequivocally flattering to the writer.


Television: Chariots of Fire and the real Harold Abrahams story

By Simon Round, July 6, 2012

It is a theme tune that has almost passed into cliche. As soon as you hear Vangelis’s Chariots of Fire music, it is impossible to stop yourself running in slow motion towards an imaginary tape.


Aaron Sorkin's best lines

By Jennifer Lipman, June 26, 2012

Fans of Aaron Sorkin, whose new series "The Newsroom" aired this week in the US, will love this mash-up of the best lines from across his body of work - even those that appear more than once.


Family discovers Jewish roots in BBC's Turn Back Time show

By Brigit Grant, June 21, 2012

Ian Golding has never really liked asking questions about his family history. He just was not interested.

“My dad tried many times to tell me about it, but like a lot of people from my generation I could never be bothered to listen,” admits Ian, who felt that “from somewhere in Poland” was all he needed to know about his roots.