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.
A British Jewish novelist is to write a new episode of Doctor Who to be screened next year.
Neil Gaiman is not new to the sci-fi series, having written the 2011 episode "The Doctor's Wife". Earlier this week the episode was named best dramatic presentation at the Hugo awards, science fiction's most prestigious awards ceremony.
A recent episode of the TV comedy Episodes — which features Friends star Matt LeBlanc — has provoked a good deal of mirth among Hebrew speakers across the internet. One scene showed a tombstone lamenting the loss of a “beloved husband and father”, which should read that he would be “dearly missed”.
If you feel like watching a feature film by a British Jewish film-maker there is plenty of choice — you could watch one of the many movies made by Mike Leigh, John Schlesinger, Michael Winner or several other directors of note. But should you wish to see films featuring British Jewish characters or with a Jewish theme, there is considerably less choice.