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.


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.


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.


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.


Meet the predatory princesses: how American TV turned cliché into ‘reality’

By Anne Cohen, June 13, 2013

It had to happen. After 'Real Housewives', 'Teen Moms' and 'Million-dollar Mansions', Jewish American Princesses were the next logical challenge for reality television to take on.


Wedding bells as Friday Night Dinner gets third series

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2013

Tamsin Greig and Simon Bird will be back filming on location in north London this summer, after a third series of the television comedy Friday Night Dinner was commissioned.

The series, which visits the Goodman family as they eat their Shabbat meal and follows them as they face awkward and often uncomfortable situations and deal with troublesome visitors, is written by Robert Popper.


Danny Cohen to be BBC's director of television

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2013

BBC executive Danny Cohen is to be the corporation's next director of television.

Mr Cohen, who is currently the controller of BBC One, has been asked to take on the role by director-general Lord Hall as part of a shake-up in senior management roles. Last week former editor of The Times, James Harding, was named director of news.


Bezalel graduate's birthday television tribute

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2013

Leigh Lahav, a New York-based graduate of Jersualem's Bezalel academy of arts and design, sets the bar high for birthday presents with this video, in which she puts her husband Oren into the opening credits of his favourite television shows.


Strictly Kosher nominated for broadcasting award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

A reality series that shed light on the lives of religious and secular Jews in Manchester has been nominated for a religious broadcasting award.

Strictly Kosher, which was broadcast on ITV last summer to mixed reviews, is in the running for a Sandford St Martin Trust TV award.


Israeli film festival returning to London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2013

A celebration of Israeli film and television is to take place for the second time in London this summer, featuring a film by Moshe Dayan's son and an invitation for British industry members to meet their Israeli counterparts at a networking event.

The Seret festival, launched last year by Israelis Odelia Haroush and Anat Koren, will open on June 9 for a week.