Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.


Mega-donors plan a Jewish Al-Jazeera

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

A group of Jewish philanthropists is planning to create an international television news channel to counter the influence of outlets like Al-Jazeera.


The Promise: Even the extras felt ashamed

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

An Israeli woman who appeared in the series said she felt "ashamed and disgusted" after viewing the completed programme.

Yehudit Collins, a retired office administrator from Jerusalem, and her husband, Chaim, worked as extras on the film.


Police called to Paris The Promise riot

By Michel Zlotowski, March 31, 2011

Over 500 people demonstrated in Paris last week against the airing of the The Promise by TV channel Canal+.

Its head office and studios were surrounded by armed riot police.

The demonstration was organised by an ad hoc group, "Confederation of Jews of France and Friends of Israel" (CJFAI). Members of CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, were also present.


Peter Kosminsky says he kept Promise

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Film-maker Peter Kosminsky has staunchly defended his drama series The Promise in his first public comments. Speaking at a Q&A session on Tuesday hosted by the TV station Al-Jazeera, Mr Kosminsky, 54, said that some reactions had been "hysterical".


Jacobson on Corrie Street

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

You have probably heard enough about the absence of ethnic minority characters from ITV detective series Midsomer Murders.

But it prompted Howard Jacobson in his weekend Indie column to wonder why there are no Jewish folk on Coronation Street.


TV murder of common sense

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 28, 2011

I am about to reveal a secret so shocking that I advise readers of a nervous disposition to cease reading this column and - better still - to screw up this entire copy of the JC and pop it without further ado into the nearest environmentally friendly, newspaper recycling container.


Viewers want to see The Promise... in court

By Jonathan Goldberg, March 14, 2011

Elaine from Bournemouth writes: I am incandescent with anger after watching The Promise on Channel 4 with my father. My father fought in the British Army during World War Two. Later he was a volunteer in Israel's War of Independence. He witnessed at first-hand some of the events depicted in this series.


Chabon, Waldman writing Hitler versus the magicians drama for HBO

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Two celebrated Jewish writers are developing a television series for HBO about a group of magicians taking on Adolf Hitler.

American author Michael Chabon, who wrote The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, is collaborating with his wife Ayelet Waldman on the show.


Charlie Sheen fired from TV show for 'moral turpitude'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

Actor Charlie Sheen has officially lost his primetime television role after producers announced that he had been fired from the sitcom, Two and a Half Men, for good.

The decision comes after the series was put on hold in the wake of Mr Sheen’s increasingly bizarre behaviour and alleged drug abuse.