TV

Experts: The Promise deliberately demonises Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2011

The Zionist Federation has led a barrage of complaints to Channel 4 over its drama series, The Promise, which ended on Sunday. Letters of complaint were also sent by the Board of Deputies and the Israeli Embassy in London.

Channel 4 confirmed it had received more than 200 "comments" from viewers but a spokeswoman said: "Well over half were appreciative."

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The wig that went missing

By Simon Rocker, March 3, 2011

New Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner got short shrift from Sunday Times critic A A Gill who called it a "sad and feeble leftover thing". He noted there was little Jewish about it besides Tamsin Greig's shtetl? Shtetl? I am reliably informed the gremlins got to his copy and he actually wrote sheitl.

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Robbie Rosen: Jewish American Idol to be?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011
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New York teenager Robbie Rosen will find out on Thursday whether he has won a place in the semi finals of this year's American Idol.

Watch the singer who could become the first Jewish American Idol yet perform Yesterday by The Beatles for his audition.

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Sex and the City designer Fields defends 'theatrical' Galliano

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field has compared John Galliano’s allegedly antisemitic rants to the satirical film The Producers.

She told Women’s Wear Daily that Mr Galliano, who was fired as chief designer for Christian Dior yesterday in the wake of the scandal, was just “acting out of character” when he professed his love for Adolf Hitler.

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Charlie Sheen's Chaim Levine rant 'borderline antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

The Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has been accused of borderline antisemitism following his public attack on the programme’s Jewish producer.

The actor told a radio show that Chuck Lorre was a "contaminated little maggot" and a clown.

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Interview: Robert Popper

By Jessica Elgot, February 24, 2011

How can you make a sitcom about Shabbat, and never mention the J-word? Friday Night Dinner writer Robert Popper explains that the rituals of Friday night with the family resonate beyond Golders Green and Edgware.

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The Promise has an 'anti-Israel premise'

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

A senior Israeli diplomat says that a drama series about British Mandate Palestine is the worst example of anti-Israel propaganda he has ever seen on television.

The final episode of The Promise will be shown on Channel 4 on Sunday.

Amir Ofek, press attaché at the Israeli embassy in London, said film-maker Peter Kosminsky's story had "created a new category of hostility towards Israel".

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The rise of Aaron Sorkin

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2011

Hollywood writer and creator Aaron Sorkin looks set to pick up at least one Academy Award this year for his work on The Social Network, the film about the creation of Facebook. A quick look at his career so far.

Sorkin Returns: Read more about the man himself here

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A woman named Netanya

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2011

What with Channel 4's The Promise and a documentary on children in Gaza, TV coverage of Israel was grimmer than usual this week. But a moment's relief came on BBC1's Graham Norton Show on Monday. A young woman in the red chair slot, where members of the public tell anecdotes, introduced herself as "Netanya" from Norfolk.

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First look: Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2011
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Think Friday night dinner at your house is crazy? Take a look at Channel 4's new comedy series about Shabbat meals with the Goodman family, starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter and Simon Bird, as well as Jewish comedian Tom Rosenthal. The series begins on February 25.

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