18/10/2012 09:44 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Jewish Mum Of The Year: Does Motherhood Really Fall Into Cultural Stereotypes?

Jewish mum of the year competitors

This week Channel 4 launched its new series Jewish Mum of the Year, in which eight formidable mothers from the Jewish community compete to show who is the ultimate in hen-pecking. Their first task was to team up to put on a bar mitzvah party 'for a small gathering of 200'.

All the clichés were out in force - there was Emma, the bitchy princess, and Ruth, the humourless religious one, Lesley, who can't cook but can shop, and Sandi, the glamorous granny who knows it all.

Within minutes of it airing,