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.


Gaiman's American Gods to become HBO series

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

A British Jewish writer is to see his bestselling novel adapted into a series for the edgy American television channel HBO.

Neil Gaiman's 2001 book, American Gods, is a gothic tale of a modern-day America populated by mysterious deities and spirits.


L'chaim: Meet 'Life' the Jewish superhero

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011
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US television network HBO has made a documentary on "real life superheroes". One of those featured in the film is this kosher caped crusader.


Plot line to cherish

August 4, 2011

It's a storyline the EastEnders scriptwriters would have been proud of.