Going Strictly into Israel for TV follow-up series


The sequel to the hugely successful ITV Strictly Kosher documentary will take viewers to Israel and Poland in a two-part programme currently being filmed.

Strictly Kosher's quirky and traditional mix of Jewish life in Manchester attracted 3.5 million viewers when it was screened in July, prompting ITV bosses to commission a further two episodes. The new films are due to air at the end of the year.

This time, a longer, seven-month filming schedule has followed Strictly's main character Bernette Clarke to Jerusalem, where camera crews were among the 100,000 mourners attending the funeral of leading Israeli rabbi, Nosson Tzvi Finkel. For a different flavour of Israel, the film-makers went with Holocaust survivor Jack Aisenberg to Tel Aviv and are set to retrace Jack's life in Europe, filming in Poland in February.

Director Chris Malone said the new Strictly would be "more ambitious", although sticking to the previous format of "celebration and explanation" of Manchester Jewry.

"We are broadening our remit," he said, "and we've listened to positive points people made about the first programme.

"You have to go to Israel and you have to go to Poland to understand the Manchester community in more depth.

"This is because most of the community go back two generations and then you are in Eastern Europe."

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