TV showcases Jewish mums
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-10-05
Jewish Mum of the Year
Channel 4 is set to become the place for compelling Jewish-themed TV over the next few weeks, with a new show which will see Jewish mums from across the UK take centre stage.
Jewish Mum Of The Year, which begins on October 9 at 9pm, will see eight very different Jewish parents compete to win the coveted title, being put through a series of challenges in their bid to prove their worth.
Among those taking part include Ruth, a single mum whose former husband worked at the now defunct Blooms restaurant, Lesley - who wants to show the world how different Jewish life is in her small community in Ireland, Leeds mum Sandi - who also has the honour of being a Jewish grandmother, and Edgware mother of six Jacqueline, who is both mum and musician.
The eight will be thrown straight in at the deep end on Tuesday's opening show when they are called upon to organise a Barmitzvah - and with the mums working in pairs, the scene is set for drama as they run into trouble over balloons, cakes and other aspects of putting on the perfect party. And with elimination looming for two of the mums at the end of the show, they will have to pull all the stops out to impress the judges, Professor David Katz and actress Tracy-Ann Oberman.
Meanwhile a Jewish mum of a different kind will be back on screen on Sunday night when hit sitcom Friday Night Dinner returns for a second series.
The show might have missed its target audience when it debuted last year late on Friday nights on Channel 4, but still proved a hit with viewers - and as such, the second series will kick off on Sunday October 7 at 9pm.
Once again Tamsin Greig will take the lead as neurotic North London mother Jackie Goodman, whose chaotic family friday night dinners always seem to end in disaster. Paul Ritter stars as her eccentric husband Martin, while The Inbetweeners' Simon Bird and comedy actor Jim Rosenthal will also return as Jackie's long-suffering sons Adam and Johnny.