David Baddiel and Louis Theroux to explore anti-Semitism in Channel 4 documentary

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David Baddiel, comedian and novelist, during Cliveden Literary Festival 2021 at Cliveden House on October 23, 2021 in Windsor, England. His latest book is called Jews Dont Count. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
David Baddiel has been commissioned to make a documentary on racism towards Jews. (Getty Images)

David Baddiel is set to make a Channel 4 documentary exploring the anti-Semitism he has faced throughout his life, with the programme produced by Louis Theroux.

Titled David Baddiel: Jews Don't Count, it sees the comedian investigate why anti-Semitism seems to be seen as a lesser form of racism and challenges viewers to think about their own preconceptions.

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He argues that at a time ​when important and urgent discussions are taking place ​about representation and inclusion regarding race, Jews appear to have been neglected from the conversation, especially by people who consider themselves progressive.

Baddiel, who made BBC documentary Confronting Holocaust Denial and another BBC programme Social Media, Anger and Us in 2021, will talk about the huge amount of anti-Semitic abuse he has experienced on social media and express the alienation he and other Jews have felt at the lack of support from what he considers to be his default political home.

David Baddiel arriving for the world premiere of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Picture date: Monday September 13, 2021. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
David Baddiel will challenge why racism against Jews is often overlooked. (Getty Images)

The documentary will include shocking, surprising, humorous and sometimes awkward conversations with prominent Jewish figures and those who have experienced anti-Semitism themselves as he investigates why identity politics seems to have failed this one particular identity and why Jews really should count.

Baddiel said: "I’m very excited to be given the chance to present my polemic about Jews not counting — not counting in the identity politics conversation, not counting as a real minority who experience real racism — on TV.

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"My critique is aimed mainly at progressives, at those people who care about minorities and racism — those people who consider themselves on the right side of history — and I think of a lot of those people as Channel 4 viewers.

"So let me thank Channel 4 in advance for giving me this opportunity to address, and maybe take apart a bit, their own audience’s self-image."

Louis Theroux attends the 30th Women in Film & Television Awards on December 3, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for WFTV Awards)
Louis Theroux is executive producing the documentary. (Getty Images for WFTV Awards)

Executive producer and acclaimed documentary maker Theroux said: "With so much more awareness around the world about the importance of diversity and the reality of all kinds of racial bias, it seems the perfect time to take a thoughtful, challenging, and funny look at why Jewishness has sometimes been left out of the racial reckoning, not to mention a great excuse to see David in conversation with a host of hilarious and fascinating people on both sides of the Atlantic.

"This documentary is exactly what we need right now, a provocative and sparkling polemic that will start arguments and get people thinking about identity politics in a different way."

David Baddiel: Jews Don't Count will air later this year on Channel 4.

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