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British Jewish Television Drama: From Jack Rosenthal to the Present

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Beth Hamidrash Hagadol

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Illustrated talk by Professor Sue Vice – British Jewish Television Drama: From Jack Rosenthal to the Present

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In her illustrated talk, Professor Sue Vice will discuss the innovative image of British Jewish life in Jack Rosenthal’s BBC Plays for Today: The Evacuees (1975) and Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976). She will trace the influence of Rosenthal’s distinctive writing on such recent television drama as Simon Amstell’s Grandma’s House (2010-12) and Robert Popper’s Friday Night Dinner (2011-). In each case, such staples of the British sitcom as class and religion are given a Jewish twist by focussing on young Jewish men and their place in the family versus the wider world.

In association with Milim, Leeds.

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Free to JHSE members.

All others £3. Free pre-booking, pay at the door.

Price includes refreshments, which will be served after the talk.

Venue:

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue, Street Lane Gardens, 399 Street Lane, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 6HQ. Directions

More information:

jhsleeds@gmail.com

The speaker, Professor Sue Vice

Professor Sue Vice is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield, where she teaches contemporary literature, film and television, including a long-running course called Representing the Holocaust. This talk arises from Sue’s admiration for the ‘Golden Age’ of British television drama, most notably the plays of Jack Rosenthal, her book on whom was published in 2009. Rosenthal’s influence, and his trademark mode of social comedy, seems clearly present in more recent British Jewish television by Robert Popper and Simon Amstell. Sue’s most recent publications include the co-edited volume Representing Perpetrators in Holocaust Literature and Film, with Jenni Adams, the book Textual Deceptions: False Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era (2014) and the co-authored study Barry Hines: ‘Kes’, ‘Threads’ and Beyond, with David Forrest (2017). She is currently working on a British Academy-funded study of the outtake footage for Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 film Shoah.

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Above, Robert Popper’s Friday Night Dinner

Below, Professor Sue Vice; Amstell’s Grandma's House

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