You want ratings? I've got 'em

By Simon Round, October 29, 2012

Although I have never pitched a TV show before, I believe I have an idea that would win the ratings war for any channel that picks it up. Below is the proposal that I have sent to the BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4. I might even send it to Five.

Dear TV executives,


Homeland to return for third series

By Jennifer Lipman, October 23, 2012

The US television series inspired by an Israeli prisoner of war drama is to return for a third series.

Homeland, which is based on Gideon Raff's original Hebrew language series Hatufim, will air for a further 12 episodes next year.

The second season is currently being shown in the US and in the UK, with audience numbers on the rise.


Channel Four and a cartoonish stereotype

October 23, 2012

To visit my dad's office, I need to drive through the centre of Manchester and past HM Prison Manchester, formerly and notoriously known as Strangeways - a name that sends a shiver down the spine of every law abiding Mancunian (we do exist, and Shameless is fictional).


Maureen Lipman blasts Jewish Mum TV series

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman has attacked the “culture of humiliation on television” in reference to the Jewish Mum of the Year series currently being aired on Channel 4.

The Pianist star told the Telegraph: “It is very damaging, with antisemitism being what it is. Not to mention that being a Jewish mother is nothing like the way they portray it.”


Gilad Shalit gives first interview since release

By Anna Sheinman, October 12, 2012

Gilad Shalit has given his first interview since his release almost a year ago. A clip from the interview, which was screened on Israel’s Channel 10 on Thursday evening, showed the former soldier speaking about his time in captivity.


Former BBC Chairman attacks Jewish Mum of the Year show

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

Michael Grade, the former chairman of the BBC, has attacked Channel 4’s new Jewish Mum of the Year series.

Lord Grade, a previous chief executive of Channel 4, said: “I don’t know what it was supposed to be. They seemed to cram in every cliché in the book.”


Rubbish like Jewish Mum of the Year is bad for us

By Jonathan Sacerdoti, October 11, 2012

Inherent in programmes like Channel 4's dreadful “Jewish Mother of the Year” and “Jews at Ten” is a trap common to many other manifestations of antisemitism: if Jews complain that their religion and culture is being trashed, they must be humourless. Thus Jews are twice ridiculed, once for their putative ugliness as a people, and again for not being willing to laugh at it.


Homeland: season two preview

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2012

Homeland is back on Sunday for its second series, starting at 9pm on Channel 4. Catch a sneak peak here.


Homeland's Israeli writer wins Emmy award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 24, 2012

The Israeli writer behind the hit television series Homeland has won the most prestigious award in US television for his work.

Gideon Raff was awarded the Emmy for best writing in a drama series for his work on the show, along with Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.


Jewish mothers on TV and in life

By Simon Round, September 20, 2012

H ow many Jewish mothers does it take to change a lightbulb? According to the old joke, the answer is none. “Don’t worry about me,” she says “I’ll just sit here in the dark.”