The new Homeland? Israeli Soviet spy drama to get US remake

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

First it was prisoners of war, now it is former Soviet spies.

The Israeli network behind the series that inspired Homeland has sold the rights to another mystery series to a US television studio.


Neil Gaiman to write new Doctor Who episode

By Jennifer Lipman, September 4, 2012

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.


Egyptian candid camera reveals hatred for Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2012

An Egyptian hidden camera show has revealed casual hatred for Jews that is at play in the country.


East End street where Jews were safe from antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2012

An East-End street described as a haven against antisemitism and British fascism is being remembered in a BBC TV documentary this week.

Arnold Circus, in Shoreditch, was once a Victorian slum with up to 60 people living in each house and an average life expectancy of 16.


Episodes' Barrel of Laughs

June 21, 2012

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”.


Why are we so awful at putting ourselves on the big screen?

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

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.


Lapid's new party says all must serve

By Ben Hartman, May 3, 2012

Former TV journalist Yair Lapid has unveiled his new plan to get strictly Orthodox teens active outside their communities.

Mr Lapid, who announced the formation of a new political party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future), this week, launched the plan at a rally in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.


Israeli autism drama to get the Homeland treatment

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

An Israeli drama series about an autistic child and his family could be the latest Hebrew-to-English crossover hit.

The rights to the Yellow Peppers series have been bought by the US Lions Gate studio, Ha’aretz reported.


Reality show producer wants to follow lives of former Orthodox jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

New York's strictly Orthodox community could go under the microscope if a television producer succeeds in her plan for a reality show about their lives.

However Noah Scheinmann, executive producer at No Regrets Entertainment, wants the series to focus on those members who opt out of the insular community.


Seth Cohen, still the same after all these Chismukkahs

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2012

If someone (me?) was ever to rank television's greatest Jewish characters, my vote might go Seth Cohen, the geeky, Jew-fro-sporting, wisecrack-making son of Kirsten and Sandy in the pop culture phenomenon that was The OC.