East Side Story

Michael Freedland presents a series journeying through the cultural melting-pot of New York's Lower East Side.



This first programme features the talents of Al Jolson, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, Jackie Mason, George Burns, Artie Shaw and Samuel Goldwyn.


This second programme focuses on the songwriters who lived in the area or were influenced by the Yiddish theatre there - Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, George Gershwin, George M Cohan and many others.


This third programme examines the rich seam of comedy that ran through the area.

Featuring contributions from Eddie Cantor, Henny Youngman, Jackie Mason, Walter Matthau, George Burns, Joan Rivers, the Marx Brothers and Dr Murray Banks.


This fourth programme focuses on the talent that emerged from the Yiddish theatre.


This fifth programme focuses on the likes of Itzhak Stern, Artie Shaw, Norman Mailer and Irwin Shaw.

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This final programme focuses on the Hollywood film moguls Harry Cohn, Samuel Goldwyn and Louis B Mayer, who settled in the Lower East Side in the early years of this century.

With contributions from Lauren Bacall, Groucho Marx and James Cagney.