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The Office: staffed by Israelis

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011
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Hit televison show The Office turns ten this week. It has been shown in 180 countries, while six have created their own versions. One of the countries to adapt the show was Israel - as you can see in this clip.

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Aaron Sorkin to write Chateau Marmont series

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin is to create a television series for the HBO network about Hollywood's infamous Chateau Marmont.

Mr Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for The Social Network, is to adapt a book on the establishment written by its former co-owner.

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On this day: Aaron Spelling dies

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 23, 2011

The legendary television and film producer died at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke.

Born to Jewish parents on 22 April 1923, in Dallas, Texas, Spelling enjoyed more than five decades of career success on both the small and big screens. His world renowned and widely celebrated work launched the careers of many major stars of the 1980s.

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'Antisemitic' Disney film shown on Austrian TV

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2011

An animated version of the fairytale The Three Little Pigs has caused controversy in Austria.

Austrian state television has been forced to issue an apology for showing Disney's 1933 cartoon of the story, in which the Big Bad Wolf was depicted as a Jewish tramp.

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The Rag Trade star Miriam Karlin dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The actress who starred as Golde in the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof has died of cancer at the age of 85.

Miriam Karlin, born Miriam Samuels to Orthodox Jewish parents in Hampstead, went on to appear in films including A Clockwork Orange and The Entertainer, the television series The Rag Trade and a long list of West End plays.

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TV review: Unreported World

June 2, 2011

Unreported World's investigation into the latter-day exodus of Eritrean refugees towards Israel, to be broadcast this evening, makes for unsettling viewing. There are unmistakable biblical parallels - here is a persecuted population fleeing a nasty regime for what they feel to be the Promised Land. And in doing so they have to make their perilous way through the Sinai desert.

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Kosher characters: TV's favourite Jewish faces

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

From Jerry Seinfeld to Sandy Cohen, a look at the kosher characters who have lit up our television screens over the years.

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The free-spirited Bob Dylan

By Simon Round, May 26, 2011

Blowing in the Wind: Bob Dylan's Spiritual Journey
BBC Radio 4, 4/5

Tangled up with Dylan
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The director who beat The Promise to a Bafta

By Anne Joseph, May 26, 2011

By now, Michael Samuels will have just about climbed down from cloud nine. That is where the director has spent most of the week after winning two awards for his TV adaptation of William Boyd's acclaimed novel, Any Human Heart, at the Baftas on Sunday.

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On this day: Sydney Pollack dies

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Born in Indiana in 1934, Sydney Pollack's career saw him embrace life as an actor, director, producer and a Torah student, not to mention a stint in the US army in the 1950s.

When he died at the age of 73, he was still critically lauded – the last film he produced was The Reader, for which he won a posthumous Best Picture Oscar,

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