First TV post for Toby

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

ONE shul has a dou­ble in­ter­est in The Last Post, BBC1’s new drama which starts on Sun­day night. The se­ries about a Bri­tish mil­i­tary po­lice unit in 1960s Aden stars two mem­bers of West Lon­don Syn­a­gogue.

Jeremy Neu­mark-Jones said be­ing cho­sen to play one of the lead char­ac­ters, Cap­tain Joe Martin, was “the big­gest honour of my life”. He also re­vealed there is a Jewish char­ac­ter, Cap­tain Is­rael Or­chover from Manch­ester (who is played by ac­tor Kevin Sut­ton).

Toby Woolf, 8 (left), who at­tends West Lon­don’s re­li­gion class, makes his TV de­but as Ge­orge Markham. Al­though he has never at­tended an act­ing class, his tal­ent was spot­ted when he went to an au­di­tion in Lon­don for a part in a Steven Spiel­berg film last year.

When Nina Gold Cast­ing put him up for The Last Post, his par­ents ini­tially baulked at the idea of him spend­ing six weeks film­ing in South Africa but came round. “Toby thought it hi­lar­i­ous he had body dou­bles — other chil­dren who had to look like him and stand while scenes were set up, which al­lowed him to rest and study,” mother Marnie said.

DANIEL de Wi­jze will be hop­ing to em­u­late Joey Gold­man, who cap­tained Bal­liol Col­lege, Ox­ford to vic­tory in Univer­sity Chal­lenge ear­lier this year. The for­mer deputy head boy of King David High School Manch­ester, cap­tains St Hugh’s Col­lege, Ox­ford in a heat in the new se­ries, aired on BBC2 on Mon­day.

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