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Howard Jacobson on Screen

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Howard Jacobson is one of the leading Anglo-Jewish writers of the past forty years. He has received considerable acclaim but articles about Jacobson have rarely featured his career as a broadcaster, on British television and radio. Since the 1980s he has regularly appeared as a subject of TV documentaries, including Arena (BBC2) and The South Bank Show (ITV), a presenter of individual programmes such as Sorry, Judas and The South Bank Show: Why the Novel Matters to Roots Schmoots and Seriously Funny and a number of discussion programmes, including Start the Week (Radio 4), The Sundays (Channel 4) and The Late Show (BBC2).

Contributor Notes

David Herman was a television producer for twenty years and produced a number of TV and radio programmes with Howard Jacobson during the 1990s and 2000s. He has since worked as a freelance writer, writing more than a thousand articles, essays and reviews for a number of newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines and literary journals.

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  • 1985 Prestwich Pique (series of six talks by Howard Jacobson, BBC Radio 4, 23 November–28 December)

  • 1985 Arena: My Son, the Novelist (BBC2, 18 February, director Nigel Williams, producer Alan Yentob)

  • 1988 First appearance on Start the Week (BBC Radio 4)

  • 1989 On Bonfire of the Vanities, The Late Show (BBC2, 2 November, director Nigel Finnis)

  • 1991 Into the Land of Oz (Channel 4, director Jenny de Yong)

  • 1991 Think of England: Yo, Mrs. Askew (BBC TV, 29 October, director Jenny de Yong)

  • 1992 On Mark Gertler, The Late Show (BBC2, director Jamie Muir)

  • 1993 Roots Schmoots (Channel 4)

  • 1993 Right to Reply (studio guest, Channel 4, 17 April)

  • 1993 Bedevilled (Channel 4, director Jenny de Yong)

  • 1993 Sorry, Judas (Without Walls, Channel 4, director Celia Lowenstein)

  • 1993 He's Not the Messiah, He's a Very Naughty Boy (Channel 4, director Jenny de Jong)

  • 1993 Ghetto in the Clouds (Channel 4, director Jenny de Yong)

  • 1994 The Late Show (BBC2, 15 March)

  • 1997 Seriously Funny (five episodes, Channel 4, director Jenny de Yong)

  • 1998 –99 The Sundays (participant, Channel 4, producer David Herman)

  • 1999 The South Bank Show: Howard Jacobson (ITV, 10 October)

  • 2000 Howard Jacobson Takes on the Turner (Channel, 4, 22 November, director Jenny de Jong)

  • 2002 The South Bank Show: Why the Novel Matters (ITV, 17 March, director Jenny de Jong)

  • 2002 –03 Whose Right Is It Anyway? (Channel 4, producer David Herman)

  • 2009 Jesus the Jew (Channel 4, 11 January, Episode 1 of Christianity, A History)

  • 2010 Presenter, Creation, Episode 1, The Bible: A History (Channel 4, 24 January, director Richard Sanders)

  • 2010 The Genius of British Art: Flesh (Channel 4, director Neil Crombie)

  • 2011 Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4, 6 February, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00y50qk)

  • 2014 Rebels of Oz: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob (BBC4/ABC, 1 & 8 July, director Paul Clarke)

  • 2015 Imagine . . . Shylock's Ghost (BBC1, 27 October, director Colette Camden)

  • 2015 –22 A Point of View (BBC Radio 4)


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