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Archive for August, 2016

Rudolf Kastner

this evening (monday 29th), 11.00-11.30pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from march)
setting the past free (presented by mark lawson) (1st of 2 weekly episodes)

For some Rudolf Kastner is a hero, for others a traitor. Mark Lawson explores the cultural retellings of a story that began in Nazi occupied Hungary in 1944.


Schindler’s List

tonight (monday 29th), 10.05pm-1.25am, on channel 5 tv
schindler’s list (1993), with liam neeson and ben kingsley (directed by steven spielberg)

Adolf & Eva

this evening (monday 29th), 8.00-10.05pm (repeated 7.00pm saturday) (followed by Schindler’s List, 10.05pm-1.25am), on channel 5 tv
adolf & eva: love & war (2001) (compilation of original footage, narrated by michael kitchen and gitta sereny)

Home footage plus reenactments of the life & times of Hitler with his mistress, Eva Braun. Their early days of happiness followed by long separations due the war causing much loneliness for Eva. Up until their suicides in the Bunker as the war was drawing to its inevitable conclusion. “
“Part-dramatised documentary examining the intimate relationship between Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun, and the control she had over the Fuhrer and his Nazi Party.”

includes …
hitlereva braun • housekeeper herbert dohring • bodyguard rochus misch • maid gretl mitlestrasser • telephonist alfons schulz • eva’s cousin gertraud weisker (more…)


this afternoon (monday 29th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
hair (in the beyond belief series)

Ernie Rea discusses the connection between hair and religious belief with • Dr Christopher Oldstone-Moore, author of “Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair”; • Dr Jasjit Singh, an expert in religious and cultural identity from the University of Leeds; and • Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts, a Reform Rabbi and expert on women and Judaism.”


Newshour: Hanan Al Hroub

bbc world service radio reports as news a teaching award from march 2016 (see, and without mentioning that the teacher married a terrorist who had killed 6 civilians on their way to synagogue

yesterday evening (sunday 28th), 9.20-9.24pm, on bbc world service radio (shortened repeat of a radio 4 broadcast of 28th july)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

Hanan Al Hroub has won what’s been described as the Nobel Prize for teaching. Our Middle East correspondent Yolande Knell has met the Palestinian who beat the rest of the world.
… It was a victory that gave Palestinians hope at a miserable time

see also… (more…)

Friday Night Dinner (6/6)

this evening (friday 26th), 10.00-10.35pm, on channel 4 tv (repeated 1.40am, sunday night/monday morning)
friday night dinner, with simon bird, tom rosenthal, tamsin greig, paul ritter and mark heap (new series, 6th episode of 6)

For Sale: The boys arrive home to find a ‘For Sale’ sign in front of the house. How will they stop Mum and Dad from selling the family home?

Newshour: Gaza zoo

the bbc cannot present an item about a zoo in gaza without suggesting the israelis treat palestinians like caged animals …

yesterday evening (wednesday 24th), 9.42-9.45pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“… ‘I see now the animals are living better than humans‘ … Their suffering will soon be over, but they leave behind Palestinians who continue to feel trapped.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• zoo owner mohamed owaida
(see also two video clips at (more…)

Joseph Margolyes

tomorrow evening (thursday 24th), 10.45-11.30pm, on bbc 1 (repeated 1.15am on bbc 2) (repeated from 9.15am, thursday 7th july)
miriam margolyes (in the matron, medicine and me: 70 years of the NHS series)

“Miriam Margoyles unravels her father’s Jewish roots. Miriam believes it was her father’s early experiences of poverty that drove him to train as a GP.
Joseph Margolyes was born in 1899 and grew up in the Gorbals.
… It’s all a long way from her father’s trusted black bag, but in the passion of the people she meets, Miriam also notes a lot of similarities.”
includes …
• dr kenneth collins, expert on scottish jewish medical history


Newshour: Richard Friedlander

last monday evening (22nd august), 9.51-9.55pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

“Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators, and its emerged that among the victims was Richard Friedlander, the father-in-law of Joseph Goebbels.”

including contribution from …
sara miller, deputy editor of times of israel
(see also…) (more…)

Beauty and the Baker

tomorrow evening (tuesday 23rd), 10.00-10.50pm, on channel 4 tv
beauty and the baker (1st of 10 episodes) (in hebrew, with english subtitles)

Artichoke Soup: First episode of a hilarious, heart-warming Israeli drama about a romance between humble baker Amos and wealthy, beautiful megastar Noa.”

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