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.


Strictly Kosher documentary on Manchester Jews returns

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 21, 2012

ITV’s Strictly Kosher entertainment documentary returns to British screens next week, adding an internet-dating rabbi to the original three frolicking personalities from Manchester’s Jewish community.


The Ahava woman who beat the boycotters

By Anne Joseph, June 11, 2012

‘We’re a four- film- buff family. We watch films from Kazakhstan, from France, from Italy, as well as British and American films,” explains Odelia Haroush. She is one of the co-founders of SERET, the first-ever London Israeli Film & Television Festival, which opens next week.


Israelis in London: A new comedy series

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

He is opinionated, occasionally obnoxious, foul-mouthed and thinks the Mona Lisa looks like Dana International, yet Pini Ben Tovim is hoping to be the latest Israeli screen character to charm British audiences.


ITV 'Strictly Kosher' reality show star fined

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

ITV’s Strictly Kosher star Joel Lever has been fined nearly £6,000 for fire safety breaches at his Manchester shop.

Mr Lever became famous for his over-the-top antics selling ball gowns to Jewish mothers on the documentary which was screened last year.

But last Thursday he pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to poor fire-safety provisions at his Mon Ami Boutique in Prestwich.


Prisoner of War is Homeland's darker twin

By Simon Round, May 18, 2012

Until last week, I had never given a five-star rating to any TV or radio programme. But Channel 4’s Homeland was a thriller of such quality, such impressive characterisation and complexity that I felt it merited the accolade.