TV

When antisemitism came out of the closet

By David Herman, May 26, 2016

If you have 10 minutes to spare when you're next in New York, go to the Jewish Museum on the Museum Mile on 5th Avenue and watch a fascinating set of TV clips about antisemitism and American TV, from sitcoms like All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the early 1970s to more recent shows like Mad Men and Downton Abbey (a huge hit in the US on PBS).

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Simpsons star Harry Shearer to return for show’s new series

By JC Reporter, July 8, 2015

Harry Shearer, the comic actor and voice of two of the Simpsons’ most iconic characters, is returning to the show for it’s 27th season after announcing he was leaving in May.

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Religious broadcasting - the wave of creativity that is defying secularism

By Carol Gould, June 6, 2015

Many years ago, I had a testy conversation with a commissioning editor for what was called Religion and Talk. He is now a famous clergyman-broadcaster but at the time was at the helm of programming at one of the British television networks.

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Review: 'Paddington Pollaky' Private Detective

By Simon Round, May 8, 2015

So ubiquitous have the stories become of Sherlock Holmes and his pipe-smoking, deer-stalker profile, that many tourists visiting London believe that the fictional detective did actually inhabit 221b Baker St.

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TV dater shrugs off Twitter hate abuse

By Naomi Firsht, April 16, 2015

A London surveyor has revealed how taking part in a television dating show led to him being the victim of antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Ori Reiss appeared in last week's episode of Channel 4's First Dates, where couples who have never met are filmed having dinner together.

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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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Meet the 85-year-old getting animated about his TV debut

By Simon Round, April 25, 2014

Bill Freedman really cannot see what all the fuss is about. He is, after all, a distinguished theatrical producer, a cinema boss and a former owner of West End theatres. He has staged productions in the West End, on Broadway and in plenty of other countries around the world. So why would anyone be surprised that he is now producing his first television series on national TV?

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She's feeling a little Flush after the return to TV of Dorien

By Simon Round, January 30, 2014

In the quarter of a century since Birds of a Feather first became a massive TV hit, Lesley Joseph has become well-known to viewers as Dorien Green. And whereas many actresses would rail against being typecast, Joseph has no problem with it. In fact, every now and then she even dresses up as her sitcom persona. “If I’m going to a function I might occasionally go as her,” Joseph reveals.

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Making a worldwide drama out of Israel TV

By Jenni Frazer, January 16, 2014

It is just over 20 years since, armed with a degree in film and television studies from Tel Aviv University, a fresh-faced Alon Aranya landed in California, determined to make his mark. Many other young Israelis followed the same path, but for Aranya it really paid off.

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BBC to screen first-ever Israeli drama

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2013

The BBC is to screen its first ever Israeli drama, it announced today.

The corporation said it had bought the crime series, Hostages from production company Armoza Formats.

The series, made up of 10 60-minute episode was previously shown on Israel’s Channel 10 and tells the story of a surgeon who is ordered to sabotage a routine operation on his country's leader .

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