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.


TV review: Jamie's Great Britain

By Simon Round, November 4, 2011

Jamie Oliver divides people into two camps - those who find him admirable and inspiring, if a bit irritating, and those who find him just irritating.


Top score for University Challenge hopefuls

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2011

A Jewish student was left smiling after his University Challenge team defeated their rivals by more than double points to win a place in the next round of the contest.

Jonathan Metzer was part of the Worcester College, Oxford team, which was one of four losing teams in the first round to achieve a high enough score for a special playoff.


Coen Brothers plan detective TV show

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

The Coen brothers are turning their attention to the small screen.

The award-winning duo, who have four Academy Awards, have begun creating and producing an hour-long comedy about "a touchy Los Angeles private investigator".


'Dinner' date at Finchley

September 15, 2011

A star of Channel 4's Jewish sitcom Friday Night Dinner enjoyed a Sunday evening feature role at Finchley Progressive Synagogue.

In conversation with radio presenter Russ Kane, Tamsin Greig gave the Rose Segal memorial lecture to a packed house of more than 100.

Describing herself as "the only non-Jewish Jewish mother", the devout Christian spoke about her strong bonds with the Jewish commun


Shameless goes to shul

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

Shameless, Channel 4's ribald drama about life on a Manchester estate, is about the last place on TV you'd expect to find a Jewish sub-plot.

But the kippahs popped up on Tuesday in an episode which had the inebriate anti-hero Frank waking up drunk in a local synagogue and ending up being conscripted as a Shabbes goy.

The scene was filmed not in shul, but in a set modelled on Wilbraham Road,


Stars of the small screen

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The Jewish actors on your TV screens this autumn



Corrie's special delivery

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

Fans of ITV's Coronation Street will have been surprised to hear the exchange between Rita Sullivan, doughty manageress of newspaper shop The Kabin, and her new newspaper "delivery boy" Dennis Tanner on Sunday night.

Down on his luck Dennis was homeless until his old friend took pity on him, giving him paid employment.

On his first round, Dennis got a little muddled with the deliveries.


US audiences to be served Friday Night Dinner

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

The British sitcom about a Jewish family's Friday night meal is to be remade for a US audience.

Friday Night Dinner, which aired earlier this year on Channel 4, followed the ups and downs of Shabbat with the eccentric Goodman family.


Jewish women in battle for Strictly title

By Jessica Elgot, September 7, 2011

The BBC drew accusations of ageism and sexism when it fired Jewish choreographer as a judge Arlene Phillips on its popular show Strictly Come Dancing.

The choreographer, 66, was dropped by the BBC show in favour of 30-year-old singer Alesha Dixon.