TV

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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We're watching them watching telly

By Charlotte Oliver, November 7, 2013

Edgware mum Nikki Tapper loves nothing more than putting her feet up in front of the telly with husband Jonathan and their two children.

But come Wednesday evenings, the family find they are viewing something very familiar — scenes of the four of them watching TV.

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Michael Grade, lord of the song and dance, on Broadway

By Brigit Grant, October 24, 2013

In any great adventure,
that you don’t want to lose,
victory depends upon the people that you choose.
So, listen, Arthur darling, closely to this news:
We won’t succeed on Broadway,
If you don’t have any Jews*

*Courtesy of Eric Idle’s Spamalot

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Schama completes his tour de force

By Jenni Frazer, October 7, 2013

The Story of the Jews
(BBC 2)

Sunday nights will scarcely be the same now Simon Schama’s lavish and exuberant roller-coaster of a ride through Jewish history — the best-known bits and the almost-never-told stuff — has concluded its five-week run.

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Family sitcom 'The Goldbergs' well-received in the US

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

The Goldbergs, ABC’s new Jewish family sitcom, premiered on US television last night to critical acclaim.

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Jewish homes featured on ITV’s Top 10 Britain’s Secret Homes

By Zoe Winograd, July 4, 2013

Two houses with important connections to Jews in Britain are to be featured on a prime-time television show revealing the little-known and intriguing stories behind landmark buildings.

Latimer House in Wiltshire and The Jews’ House in Lincoln will be profiled in ITV’s Top 10 Britain’s Secret Homes on Friday. The two sites were selected for the programme by English Heritage.

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My Britain’s Got Talent dream is over — at least I can do the housework now

By Sandy Rashty, June 14, 2013

Impressionist Francine Lewis was this week getting over her disappointment at not winning Britain’s Got Talent with the help of a little dusting and hoovering.

Ms Lewis, who was lavishly praised by the judges in last Saturday’s final of the ITV talent show but came second from bottom with only two per cent of the public vote, said that at least she could now get on with her housework.

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