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With its novel approach to the Holocaust, a BBC2 "talking heads" drama rebuts David Hare's claim that the single play on television is dead

By Peter Bazalgette   October 2008

That jerry springer is a rum cove. The former mayor of Cincinnati turned outrageous talkshow host recently revisited his serious side in the fifth series of Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1). This is the man who persuaded trailer trash to act out bizarre emotional pantomimes for US daytime television viewers. Each show’s theme was encapsulated in a tabloid headline that stayed on screen throughout (the most notorious was “I Married a Horse”). It was thus difficult to adjust to a programme about Springer tracing his Jewish roots back to pre-war Germany and Poland to discover several Holocaust victims.

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