TV

Someone called Oprah Winfrey came to dinner

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 16, 2012

The Ginsbergs and their nine children live in Borough Park, a Charedi neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. Until recently they had never heard of Oprah Winfrey. They apparently have no idea who the many celebrities who have been on her show are and they have never taken advice from Dr Phil.

But then the US talkshow queen came over for dinner, production crew in tow.

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TV review: Toni and Rosi

By Simon Round, February 3, 2012

Even without the Nazis, the story of pianists Toni and Rosi Grunschlag would have made compelling viewing. Filmed over 18 years by Will Wyatt and Todd Murray, we saw the sisters at home and abroad, both playing and reminiscing

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Storyville Survivors: My Friend Sam - Living For the Moment

By Simon Round, January 20, 2012

In some respects, Sam Frears is very fortunate. Sam - the son of film director Stephen Frears - is popular, has a wide circle of friends, including the writer Alan Bennett, is bright, ambitious, has a sharp sense of humour and no money worries.

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TV in Tel Aviv spells success in America

By Tom Tugend, December 29, 2011

Americans who want to sample Israel's popular culture don't have to travel to Tel Aviv - they merely have to turn on their home television sets.

A growing number of American TV producers, impressed by the creativity and energy of their Israeli counterparts, are adapting that country's hit shows to US tastes.

In a report by entertainment trade paper Variety, Showtime president David Nevins cr

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Claire Danes on "party town" Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Hollywood star Claire Danes, who shot episodes of her new series Homeland in Israel - "it was standing in for Iraq" explains how she saw another side to Israel during her stay.

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How Eden became hell for Iraq's Jews

By Simon Round, December 2, 2011

The Last Jews of Iraq
Radio 4, ★★★★✩

On The Road With An Orthodox Rabbi
BBC News Channel, ★★★✩✩

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Imagine: Simon and Garfunkel

By chris, November 11, 2011

Simon and Garfunkel may have started, in the words of Alan Yentob, as two Jewish nebbishes from New York but by 1970 they were on top of their game.

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The strange case of the Jewish private eye

By Brigit Grant, November 10, 2011

Fictional Jewish detectives are a rare breed.

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Israeli time-travel series to get US remake

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2011

A US television network is to adapt an Israeli series about a time-travelling film fan.

The CW, whose hit shows include America's Next Top Model and Gossip Girl, plan to remake the comedy Danny Hollywood.

The series, which has run to 200 episodes, has been one of the most popular shows on Israeli screens in recent years.

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Robert De Niro to play Bernie Madoff

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

He has played a taxi driver, a boxer and a mobster in his time. Now Robert De Niro is to take on the role of one of the most notorious fraudsters of the last century.

The actor is set to star as the title role in a biopic of the fall of Bernie Madoff, the financier who is serving a 150 year prison sentence for his $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

The project has been backed by the network HBO.

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