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, ★★★✩✩


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.


The strange case of the Jewish private eye

By Brigit Grant, November 10, 2011

Fictional Jewish detectives are a rare breed.


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.


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,