TV

On this day: Sydney Pollack dies

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Born in Indiana in 1934, Sydney Pollack's career saw him embrace life as an actor, director, producer and a Torah student, not to mention a stint in the US army in the 1950s.

When he died at the age of 73, he was still critically lauded – the last film he produced was The Reader, for which he won a posthumous Best Picture Oscar,

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On this day: Seinfeld airs for the first time

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Regularly topping those "best shows of all time" polls, Seinfeld, which ran from 1990 to 1998, was very much a Jewish comedy.

Audiences spent nine seasons watching actor Jerry Seinfeld play a geeky and neurotic Manhattan singleton contemplating life, love and pretty much anything with his friends Elaine, George and Kramer.

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Promise director Kosminsky and 'Israel apartheid'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Peter Kosminsky, the director who made the controversial series The Promise, has attacked the Israeli government, comparing its policies to those of apartheid South Africa.

Mr Kosminsky, who was widely criticised following the broadcast of the films about British mandate Palestine, likened Israeli actions to the bantustan policies in South Africa 60 years ago.

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Two Sugars? That's not everyone's cup of tea

May 12, 2011

The Apprentice
BBC1, 4/5

Lord Sugar Tackles Football
BBC2, 2/5

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Hall of Fame: Mayim Bialik

May 10, 2011

"The concept of going green is pretty old to Judaism. We've been repairing the world for thousands of years.

"We have a whole holiday dedicated to celebrating the beauty of nature."

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Arab TV station set for launch in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Israeli Arabs are to have a dedicated Arab-language television channel for the first time.

Arab audiences in Israel have long had access to satellite channels including al-Jazeera, while Israel's state television channel includes several hours of Arabic content each day.

The Israeli Communications Ministry said that the new station, to be called Hala TV, would go live in three months.

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Reviewed: Exile and Case Sensitive

By Simon Round, May 6, 2011

Exile
BBC1: 4/5

Case Sensitive
ITV1: 3/5

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Oprah honours Freedom Rider rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A rabbi who was arrested during civil rights demonstrations in America’s Deep South in the 1960s is to be honoured by Oprah Winfrey later today.

The talk show host has dedicated an episode of her popular show to the efforts of the Freedom Riders, who began their crusade for racial equality 50 years ago today.

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'Scary': The Promise up for Bafta award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A controversial drama series about British Mandate Palestine has been nominated for the most important award in British television.

The Promise, written and produced by Peter Kosminsky and screened on Channel 4 earlier this year, is up for a 2011 Philips British Academy Television Award (Bafta) for Drama Serial.

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Broadcast regulator rejects every complaint on Promise

By Robyn Rosen, April 21, 2011

Ofcom has rejected scores of complaints about the impartiality and inaccuracy of the TV series The Promise, and defended it as a "serious television drama, not presented as a historical re-creation".

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