Interviews

I’ve done hundreds of interviews with the famous and the not-so-famous. I do my best to try to ask the questions that anybody would ask if they had access to these subjects. So I do lots of research and present in-depth portraits, conscious that any interview can only skim the surface and be a snapshot of a person’s thoughts and feelings on that day, on that date.

If you want to check out a (partial) list of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done over the years, please take a look.


I’ve become thicker-skinned since living in Israel

Matthew Gould, the outgoing British ambassador to Israel – and the first Jew in the post – speaks to Jenni Frazer about life in the country, his achievements and prospects for peace. It’s rare for an ambassador to extend his or her term of office. Rare, but not unknown. But it’s particularly rare for a […]

  • 18 June, 2015

Ashley Perry on the campaign trail

Israeli election preview: Brit Ashley Perry on the campaign trail February 26 2015 Right-winger Perry has followed his Liberal Democrat father into politics Ashley Perry is the only Brit standing for the Knesset at next month’s election. He talks to Jenni Frazer about his roots, making aliyah and party politics. Running for parliament may well […]

  • 2 March, 2015

When Chen Reiss sang for the Pope

2/3/2015 How a Jewish Israeli soprano found holiness in front of the Pope | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/how-a-jewish-israeli-soprano-found-holiness-in-front-of-the-pope/ BY JENNI FRAZER February 2, 2015 LONDON — Among Chen Reiss’s most treasured possessions is “an amazing letter” – from Pope Francis. It’s just weeks since the Israeli soprano, 35, sang at the Vatican during the […]

  • 3 February, 2015

Danon’s big ideas? Draft Arabs and reject two states

Likud Knesset member Danny Danon is nothing if not bullish. His political opinions are, to put it mildly, at odds even with his own party leader. in the last Knesset he was deputy speaker but he has managed to disagree with the political establishment on almost every important issue, from vehemently opposing the disengagement from […]

  • 22 February, 2013

Mandelson on Judaism, Lord Levy and his JC dad

Tony Blair’s closest ally reveals the inside story on the cash-for-peerages scandal and his pro-Israel sentiments Lord Mandelson’s book, The Third Man, Life At The Heart of New Labour has enjoyed a heady reception in the week since its publication. He has the relieved look of someone who has run a marathon without keel- ing […]

  • 23 July, 2010

‘Foreign Office has changed’ says UK’s new Jewish envoy to Israel

One of the FCO’s young stars takes up the Tel Aviv posting late next year. Britain has appointed its first Jewish ambassador to Israel. And Matthew Gould, a high-flying Foreign Office diplomat, is optimistic that his posting — to begin in autumn 2010 — will send out a significant message, both to his hosts and […]

  • 11 December, 2009

Peter James – Research? I’m dead serious

Peter James is a bestselling crime writer who takes his preparatory fieldwork to alarming limits. By Jenni Frazer. As benefits a crime writer, Peter James’s London flat is a mystery. try as you might, you will not see a regulation front door, hall or porter. Instead, there is a gate, which gives out mixed signals: […]

  • 27 June, 2008
Leonard Cohen Interview

Leonard Cohen – A Yiddle in monk’s clothing

The singer and producer Anjani Thomas has just incinerated a locally bought bagel in the kitchen of the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester. A slight, quiet man appears in the kitchen. “Leonard,” cries Thomas, his romantic partner, “you must have a bagel, these are really good.” Leonard Cohen gravely accepts a bagel smothered in smoked […]

  • 20 July, 2007

Andrew Sachs: Manuel’s German roots

Before Fawlty Towers, Andrew Sachs’s biggest drama was his escape from the Nazis. By Jenni Frazer. Andrew Sachs has a slightly evil gleam in his eye. He is speaking of his secret ambition to work on Coronation Street: “I fancy being Norris’s twin brother. We would drive Rita Fairclough mad.” Playing the twin brother of […]

  • 11 May, 2007

Christopher Hitchens: “Bellow, Amis and me.”

Combative political commentator Christopher Hitchens discusses Jews, friends and enemies with Jenni Frazer. Former radical Trotskyist, Christopher Hitchens is in fine form — even after an overnight flight from Washington, countless cigarettes and a couple of double measures of Johnny Walker Black Label whisky. He is in London to take part in a double act […]

  • 2 March, 2007