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Industry

Tuesday, BBC2

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My family, the Holocaust, and I with Rob Rinder

Monday, BBC1

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Industry is a drama series following five graduates who settled in the world of investment banking and you already have two problems with it like me. Firstly, you just don't know how interested you are in 22 year olds and secondly, you just know that you hit the 3 and then the 5 and then the hash key and then enter your account number and then press 6 before You will be cut off.

But this is well written, excellently performed, smart, addicting, and far fresher than, say, Roadkill, The Undoing, Life, and all the other dramas we already have a card for. On the other hand, it will remind you of this life. But that was ages ago.

It was written by Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, formerly bankers who count, and the first episode (of eight) was directed by Lena Dunham (girl) who also counts. In other words, it feels true even when you don't know if it is true and the direction is fast, modern, and steadfast.

Industry is written by Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, formerly bankers who count, and the first episode (of eight) was directed by Lena Dunham (Girls) who also counts

Industry is written by Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, formerly bankers who count, and the first episode (of eight) was directed by Lena Dunham (Girls) who also counts

It starts with one of our 22-year-olds, Harper (Myha’la Herrold), being interviewed by her new boss. Why are you here? he asks. "Well," she replies, "it's not a very political answer, but I think mediocrity is too well hidden by parents who hire private tutors."

I'm alone here. “The script sings with lines that I now realize are better than they appear to be written here. But trust me they sing.

The other ambitious newbies are Gus (David Jonsson), who on the surface has all Eton confidence; Yasmin (Marisa Abela), the heiress who wants to prove her skills; Robert (Harry Lawtey) blowing off steam by knitting – just kidding, it's shaggy and cola; and Hari (Nabhaan Rizwan), the paranoid state school student who moves all night every night.

One of her superiors, Lucinda, is played by Ruby Bentall, previously Verity from Poldark, and I can't say exactly what the marriage to Captain Blamey did to her, but she has returned as extremely ruthless and small-mouthed. (Truth!)

This is a world of crisp, dry-cleaned shirts and talking on the phone about things we will never understand, ruthlessly pursuing money, money, money in a cluttered environment where the fittest survive.

If it weren't for the smartphones and Uber, you'd think it was the 1990s, and maybe the point is that this particular world hasn't changed despite financial crashes and #MeToo.

The work environment is toxic and full of bullying. Robert's more established colleagues laugh at his suit, tear off the label and shout in the office: "Robert is wearing Ted Baker, everyone!" (I didn't know Ted Baker was naff; they learn something new every day.)

There is sexual harassment, but from unexpected sources. One fabulous scene is Harper's first meeting with a client, played by the great Sarah Parish. Fearless.

The industry is bubbling and crackling with energy, more than This Life, which, if I remember correctly, took 94 episodes and a few of them for Milly to sleep with her boss. In fact, the series that you will think of the most is the sequel.

Nobody is particularly personable, but you will be absolutely forced.

It looks like I should be visiting Ukraine this month to learn more about what happened to my maternal great-grandparents there – it wouldn't have been nice – but that's not the case now for obvious reasons.

My mother never talked about it like her mother never talked to her about it, because that's how those generations were. But as Rob Rinder pointed out My family, the Holocaust and me"As the number of survivors declines, telling their stories becomes more important than ever."

This was stunning moving television and also vital television and also unbearable television that you have to endure. It followed the format of Who Do You Think You Are ?, in which Rinder found out for himself what had happened to most of his mother's family members in the Treblinka camp.

Here he meets other families who want to find out what happened to their relatives.

This was breathtaking, moving television and also vital television and also unbearable television that you have to endure (above Rob Rinder with his mother Angela in Poland).

This was breathtaking, moving television and also vital television and also unbearable television that you have to endure (above Rob Rinder with his mother Angela in Poland).

He met Bernie Graham of Plymouth, whose grandfather Solomon was "a very good-natured man" but had lost an eye and every now and then "he would point at it and say," Nazi, Nazi "".

Bernie traveled to Germany and discovered that Solomon was a cap maker, arrested and tortured for the crime of "being Jewish": eyes gouged out, hung by one arm until he was "immobilized".

Rinder also met sisters Louisa (former Emmerdale actor) and Natalie Clein, who were trying to solve the riddle of their Dutch grandmother's sister, Els, a celebrated dancer who, it turned out, was only saved for a day (unbearable to endure ).

As for cattle, he discovered more about his family on his father's side and traveled to Lithuania, where an old woman remembered the Jews marched out of the village, positioned by a ditch, mowed down with a machine gun, and then fell into the ditch and they covered it with dirt and the ground was still moving.

Because some were still alive ”.

Cattle stood by the tomb, wept and said, "Here is the death of mankind." Vital as I said.

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