Arena at Jewish Book Week: Featuring I Thought I Was Taller. A Short History of Mel Brooks

Anthony Wall, Alan Yentob, Sally Angel, Mark Lawson, Mel Brooks

Jewish Book Weekend

Arena producer Sally Angel and editors Anthony Wall and Alan Yentob discuss the many Jewish subjects featured in the multi-award-winning arts documentary series with chair Mark Lawson.


To launch an exclusive Jewish Book Week-BBC TV series, Arena Editors Anthony Wall and Alan Yentob and producer Sally Angel discuss the many Jewish subjects featured in the multi-award-winning arts documentary series – who have ranged from Arthur Miller and Linda McCartney to Jonathan Miller and Amy Winehouse – with a specially shot message for Jewish Book Week from Mel Brooks, star of one of the most iconic Arena films.

Films for the series curated by Anthony Wall, Series Editor 1985-2018

Image credit: BBC Arena, Mel Brooks I Thought I Was Taller, 1981

Included in the ticket price is access to the Arena film, I Thought I Was Taller: A Short History of Mel Brooks. This film is available to view on KPlayer for 7 days from 3 October.

After the live broadcast, the recording will be available for 7 days. For information on how to use KPlayer please refer to our guide.

A Blackwell’s pop-up bookstall  will be in Kings Place on Sun 3 Oct.

Arena at Jewish Book Week: Featuring I Thought I Was Taller. A Short History of Mel Brooks

Anthony Wall, Alan Yentob, Sally Angel, Mark Lawson, Mel Brooks

Jewish Book Weekend

Date & start time:Sun 3 Oct – 5.30pm
Price:£12.50
+ £3 booking fee.

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Performers:Alan Yentob, Anthony Wall, Mark Lawson, Mel Brooks, Sally Angel
Genres:JBW Pass, Jewish Book Week, Jewish Book Weekend, Online Events, Words

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