Simon Round


Simon Round
Registered: 1 April 2008




Israeli drama takes on The Killing

By Simon Round, March 5, 2015

For the past couple of years, Saturday nights on BBC4 have been the home of Danish drama The Killing – the atmospheric, slow moving but compelling thriller which has acquired a cult audience regardless of the subtitles.


Want to be hired? This is how to Sugar-coat a CV

By Simon Round, December 18, 2014

Next week sees the final of this year's series of The Apprentice with Lord Sugar making the big decision on who deserves to go into partnership with him and scoop the £250,000 investment. Contrary to popular belief, the past few weeks have not been a battle to find the most childish, incompetent, selfish young businessperson in the country.


How the JC invented the selfie (well sort of)

By Simon Round, December 11, 2014

There are many reasons why you might be reading the JC today.


My Gherkin's bigger than yours

By Simon Round, November 20, 2014

While London may never hit the heady heights of New York, the city's skyline has transformed itself in the past few decades into a gleaming triumph of spires.


A pride to serve that was a joy

By Simon Round, November 6, 2014

I have always been a nervous flyer. In fact, I once needed a couple of sessions with a counsellor to get me in the air. A lot of people have been very sympathetic about my phobia over the years - my dad was not one of them. He simply could not get his head around the idea that anyone would be nervous about going on holiday in a modern airliner.


Alfie Solomons, a gangster who reached his peak

By Simon Round, October 30, 2014

Jews were not always as middle-class and law-abiding as they are today.

A notorious group called the Bessarabian Tigers controlled the Whitechapel area of London's East End just before the First World War.


Inside the mind of The Apprentice

By Simon Round, October 23, 2014

As all of you who have watched The Apprentice over the past 10 seasons will know, this programme can be acutely stressful and sometimes traumatic for all involved.


My snap decision to ban 'selfies'

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

There have been some amazing technological advances in telephonic communication in the past few years. I remember being fascinated as a child by the telephone my grandparents had in their house. It was so heavy that no one under the age of 14 could lift the receiver unaided. And, under the dial, there was a little drawer in which they stored a small packet of tissues and a pencil sharpener.


'Theirs was a marriage that should have lasted'

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

Dickie Arbiter was press secretary to the Royal Family through difficult times. The 1990s were one of the most tumultuous periods for the royals since the abdication crisis in the 1930s, and Arbiter's memoirs, On Duty With The Queen, contain much about royal break-ups and other difficult situations, to the reported displeasure of his former employers.


Director uses family knowledge for emotive tale of living with disability

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

Asaf Korman must have realised that the chances of his film Next To Her becoming a box office hit were slight. He is, after all, a first time feature director and the subject he chose for the movie is not remotely commercial - a frank and at times uncomfortable portrayal of the co-dependent relationship between a school security officer and her seriously learning disabled sister.


Interview: Linor Abargil

By Simon Round, October 7, 2014

When Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998, she burst into tears. Nothing particularly unusual about that - pretty much every beauty contest winner cries. But for the then 18-year-old Israeli, it was different. On a modelling assignment in Milan several weeks previously, she had been brutally raped by the Israeli travel agent who was supposed to be driving her to the airport.


It's not an entirely new year

By Simon Round, September 18, 2014

You've probably stocked up on apples and honey but have you given any thought to what new year we are entering? If not, I can tell you that, as of next week, we will be in 5775. And, for the second time in my life we have hit the mid-70s.

The world is totally different to the one 39 years ago, in which I was attending my first year of secondary school.


Inteview: Sarah Solemani

By Simon Round, September 11, 2014

Sarah Solemani is telling me about her latest failure over a coffee in a North London café. Although Solemani has experienced poverty and even hunger since deciding to make acting and writing her career, this latest disappointment has nothing to with TV or theatre. She has just failed her driving test in dramatic and quite dangerous style.


Village that defied the Nazis

By Simon Round, August 28, 2014

In the catalogue of genocide and barbarism that was the Holocaust there were heartwarming instances of people and communities risking their lives to rescue Jews. One thinks of the rescue of Danish Jews, the work of Oskar Schindler and many other cases of individual bravery.


Just a whisker's difference

By Simon Round, August 21, 2014

As summers go this hasn't been the best one for the Jews. If you live in Israel you will have had rockets raining down on you on a daily basis. If you live outside Israel you will have been the subject of antisemitic protests on a scale almost unparalleled in the past half-century. We have been pilloried, physically attacked and abused.