James Whale
English radio DJ
James Whale
Michael James Whale is a British radio and television host. He is known for his plain-speaking, often acerbic and confrontational, broadcasting style; during phone-ins he frequently hangs up on callers he disagrees with or who do not make their point quickly enough - a tactic used by many presenters - particularly Whale.
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A Boy and His Blob confirmed for January launch on Xbox One, PS4, PCs
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Publisher Majesco confirmed that WayForward’s inventive puzzle-platformer A Boy and His Blob will premiere for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC platforms by the end of this month. A remake of a classic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System game, A Boy and His Blob features a series of side-scrolling levels in which players control a young boy and his transforming alien blob companion. Players must use the blob’s unique capabilities in creative ways in order to solve puzzles and safely traverse dangerous territory. Related:   A Boy and His Blob rated for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Vita, PCs The original A Boy and His Blob , released for the NES in 1990, featured a distinctive mix of open-ended, exploration-based gameplay. A Boy and His Blob won acclaim for its gameplay that encouraged players to experiment within a limited set of in-game skills in order to progress through twisting underground caverns. Developer WayForward retained A Boy and His Blob ‘s basic mechanical framework for a r ...
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Xbox Live Gold: Six Free Games In April
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Xbox Live, the paid online service for Microsoft Xbox owners (costing about $60 USD annually,) has announced six free games for the month of April, double the free games users usually receive per month, according to an article in The Epoch Times. Normally, Xbox Live customers receive one free game for Xbox One, and two free games for Xbox 360. The Xbox Live service, which recently offered an opportunity to play Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition for free as previously reported by the Inquisitr, is offering some sure winners in April if you don’t already own them, well-worth the price of admission. First up, April’s Xbox One games. According to Tech Cheat Sheet, the two free games from Xbox Live Gold this month are Child of Light from Far Cry/Assassin’s Creed developer Ubisoft Montreal, and Pool Nation FX from Cherry Pop Games (the indie developer’s first and only game). Child of Light is a bit of a departure from Ubisoft Montreal’s usual style; the company is best-known for some of ...
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Whales, Dolphins Get a Life-Saving Break From Navy's War Games
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Whales, dolphins and other marine mammals in the Pacific just caught a huge break: A federal judge this week invalidated a plan allowing the U.S. Navy to conduct dangerous and disruptive war games that the government admitted would cause about 9.6 million instances of harm to marine mammals over five years. These military exercises, which sometimes use explosives and ultra-loud sonar blasts, exact an ugly toll: Scientists have linked these kinds of activities to mass whale strandings, exploded eardrums and even death. We're glad to see the federal judge ruling in favor of protecting wildlife from these dangerous war games -- especially the decision to turn down the Navy's claim that it needed unfettered access to the entire ocean at all times. The National Marine Fisheries Service already identified vital areas to protect for whales and dolphins around the Hawaiian Islands and off Southern California, areas that should be off-limits to explosives, sonar, and other dangerous ...
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How to Own Your Next Family Road Trip
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Image by: Flickr/lowjumpingfrog Road trips: In theory, you picture yourself, your significant other and your kids all singing Life is a Highway with the windows rolled down, taking pleasure in each other's company and the thrill of the journey and destination ahead. In reality... there's probably a lot more whining and crying than laughing and that song gets old real fast. Maybe your drive won't be movie-scene perfect, but it can still be a fun time for everyone in the car. Pack Ahead Make sure your entire car is packed and ready to go the night or day before you leave. The last thing you want as you're getting on the road is the added stress of having to pack the whole car. The only things that should have to go in the car the hour of departure are your few last minute bags and your passengers. Leave Early or Late With little kids, the best time to leave for a long road trip is either really early in the morning or really late at night. This is a decision you can make depend ...
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Bling Ring,' 'World War Z,' 'Behind the Candelabra'
Moviefone Blog - over 3 years
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week "The Bling Ring" What's It About? Based on the real-life Bling Ring crew, Sofia Coppola's film tells the story of the Los Angeles teens whose claim to infamy was robbing the homes of celebrities. The teens who used the internet to track the whereabouts of rich celebs are portrayed by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, and Claire Julien. WATCH: Go behind-the-scenes with Taissa Farmiga (VIDEO) Why We're IN: Coppola's approach to the tabloid-heavy story is one of the most compelling aspects of "The Bling Ring"," as she neither praises the characters, criticizes, or satirizes them. We get to watch the teens from an honest perspective and arrive at our own deduction of how technology and youth obsession with fame impact contemporary culture. "The Bling Ring" was also one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far). RT & Follow to win #TheBlingRing on Blu-ray & a a movie poster signed by director Sofia Coppola! ...
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Collette DeBenedetto: The 5 Women to Watch at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
CrossFit is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports in the world and next week, The Reebok CrossFit Games come to the newly named Stubhub Center in Southern California to test the world's fittest athletes over a week of rigorous athletic events and decide who will be the champion in 2013. CrossFit was founded by Greg Glassman in 2000 in Santa Cruz, Calif., and has quickly developed into one of the world's fastest growing sports. It is defined as "constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement." This "sport of fitness" is a combination of weightlifting, running, gymnastics, and overall metabolic conditioning that tests the mind and body. The road to The Reebok CrossFit Games commenced with The CrossFit Game Open where 140,000 people worldwide entered. From there, the top 30 teams and top 30 individuals in each region qualified for The CrossFit Games Regionals. At the highly competitive regionals, the top 3 teams and top 3 individuals advance to the Olympics ...
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Network Awesome: Back From the Dead, Again: Frankenweenie
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Brian Correia These days, it seems like anytime someone says anything about Tim Burton, it has to be along the lines of "Oh, how the mighty have fallen," or even, in some especially wrong cases, "Oh, how the mighty were never even mighty in the first place.[1] " Sure, maybe the man has been resting on his laurels for a few years, but he's got hell of a set of laurels. And shtick aside, there is no fronting on his resume. Here's a taste: he has animated for Disney, dreamed up dozens of iconic characters, invented the dark superhero film, directed bona fide classics in a Whitman's sampler of genres, and had two children with Marla Singer from Fight Club. Believe it or not, that long and storied career had one of its earliest highlights in 1984 with a short film called Frankenweenie. At heart, Frankenweenie is a classic tale about a boy and his dog. Of course, given the title, you would be right to suspect there's a little more at stake here than that. It's an homage to ...
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Laura Prudom: 'Once Upon A Time' Meets 'Frankenstein'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 5 of ABC's "Once Upon a Time," titled "The Doctor." This week's "Once Upon a Time" certainly fit in with the rest of ABC's Halloween fare, with an abundance of lightning and shambling monsters and creepy heart stealing -- but the end result left me a little cold. I can understand the show wanting to have its cake and eat it, adding in literary characters such as Lancelot who may not technically be Disney (although there's an argument to be made for him, given Arthur's origin story in "The Sword in the Stone") but who nevertheless fit into the swords and sorcery surroundings of the Enchanted Forest. Likewise, the subtle mention of "The Wizard of Oz" and Dorothy's slippers also seems thematically relevant, given the emphasis on witches and magic present in L. Frank Baum's novel, while the inclusion of Frankenstein and his monster simply seemed jarring. Obviously, at one point in history, science and magic s ...
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'Frankenweenie:' An Instant Stop Motion Classic
Burke Patch - over 4 years
PARIS — This week, Cinema Siren is writing from France, land of unpasteurized cheese, Jerry Lewis obsession, well-behaved dogs in restaurants and a great appreciation of auteur film directors. I'm here for the opening of a Star Wars toy exhibit at the Louvre that involves some film art friends of mine.   Nowhere would there be a better place to speak of the gorgeous piece of animated film-making that is Frankenweenie than where there is in fact no literal translation for "director's cut," because it wouldnt occur to the French that there would be any other version of a film. Tim Burton is really the very definition of auteur, in that he has a very clear vision for his film-making, a recognizable stylistic stamp that fans embrace and revere, and critics celebrate or love to loathe, depending on the film. When used to best effect, as in Edward Scissorhands, his vision articulates a timeless twisted and bittersweet Gothic world with a touch of nostalgic charm. At his best he somehow ...
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Antigone Rising Performs at Two Free Outdoor Concert Series on Long Island in St James, NY on Saturday, July 14 and at the Village Square in Glen Cove on Friday, July 20
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Antigone Rising tapped to perform at Historic Deepwells Mansion in St. James, NY on Saturday, July 14 and The Glen Cove Village Square Plaza on Friday, July 20 as part of Downtown Sounds. Both concerts are free.Glen Cove, NY (PRWEB) July 11, 2012 Antigone Rising will perform for thousands of Long Islanders on Saturday, July 14th from 6pm to 10pm for Acoustic Long Island’s Seventh Annual Summer Concert on the lawn of the historic Deepwells Mansion in St. James. While enjoying hit makers Antigone Rising, there will be plenty of food and drink available. ...
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Around Town: Return to 'Brokeback Mountain'
LATimes - over 4 years
    Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and producer James Schamus will be on hand at the Film Independent at LACMA screening Thursday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater of their seminal 2005 drama "Brokeback Mountain." Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana also earned an Oscar for the screenplay adaptation of Annie Proulx' short story about the love affair that develops between two young cowboys (Heath Ledger, who was nominated for lead actor Oscar, and supporting nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Gustova Santaolalla won the Oscar for his haunting score. In conjunction with the exhibition, "Fracture: Daido Moriyama," LACMA is continuing its "High and Low: Postwar Japan in Black and White" this Friday and Saturday. The series begins Friday evening with 1962's "Pigs and Battleships," directed by Shohei Imamura, followed by Imamura's 1966 "The Pornographers." Saturday's offerings are Toshio Matsumoto's 1969 "Funeral Parade of Roses" and Akira Kurosawa's 1963 thriller "High and Low," starring Tosh ...
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Around Town: 'Paper Moon' shines on downtown festival
LATimes - almost 5 years
  The Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats festival that showcases the historic movie palaces on Broadway in downtown L.A. returns this Wednesday with Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 comedy "Paper Moon." The movie, which stars Ryan O'Neal and his daughter Tatum, who won the supporting actress Oscar for the role, screens at the 1931 Los Angeles Theatre. Bogdanovich will be on hand to introduce the film. Last Remaining Seats continues Wednesdays through June. Other features on tap include a 30th anniversary screening of "Tootise," June 6 at the 1926 Orpheum Theatre, and 1922's "Robin Hood," with Douglas Fairbanks, scheduled for June 27 at the Orpheum. http://www.laconservancy.org/remaining/2012.php The UCLA Film and Television Archive's Wednesday programming at the Million Dollar Theater downtown features the archive's restoration of 1948's "The Red Shoes," Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Technicolor romantic drama set in the world of ballet. The series will go on hiatus ...
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Universal Shares 100 Factoids For its 100th Anniversary
Movie Line - almost 5 years
It's not every day that a studio turns 100. As such, Universal is making the most of its centennial with a host of events including the recent Tribeca Film Festival shout out to the the company courtesy of Robert DeNiro and Judd Apatow. But today, April 30, is the big day itself, and to kick off the first day of its second century, the company released "100 fun facts" from its history. The list includes many factoids sure to show up on a crossword puzzle near you, such as the name of the mechanical shark in Steven Spielberg's Jaws, what happened to the hole left by John Belushi when he smashed in a wall with his guitar in Animal House, and the store where the crew from American Pie bought that "warm apple pie" subsequently deflowered by Jason Biggs. There's the skinny on what inspired Carl Laemmle to name his studio Universal a century ago. Fans and film enthusiasts can celebrate online today at the official Universal Centennial website. Meanwhile, read on for 100 facts about Univ ...
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Swashbuckling good films from '30s, '40s: Kenneth Turan's DVD pick
LATimes - almost 5 years
// <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ // <![CDATA[ brightcove.createExperiences(); // ]]> // ]]> // ]]> Who doesn't love a good swashbuckler, complete with flashing swords, romantic couples and all manner of derring-do? Hen's Tooth Video, which specializes in the hard to find, has brought back a trio of classics, all based on the works of Alexandre Dumas. The most familiar title is the 1934 "The Count of Monte Cristo," directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring the elegant Robert Donat as the unfortunate Edmond Dantes and Elissa Landi as the woman in his life. If revenge is a dish best served cold, this story takes the cake. Almost as well known is 1939's "The Man in the Iron Mask," directed by James Whale, best known for "Frankenstein." Louis Hayward plays both the French King Louis XIV and his separated-at-birth twin, with Joan Bennett taking on Princess Maria Theresa. The most recent of the trio is 1941's "The Corsican Brothers," starring Dougl ...
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How today's teens are like teens in 'Hunger Games'
Fox News - almost 5 years
While the setting of the "Hunger Games" is certainly extreme, experts say that some of Katniss’ behaviors and reactions to the events of her life, along with those of her fellow fighting "tributes," are big-screen versions of the behaviors and reactions of real teens
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TV Wasteland: Insert Juvenile Sexual Reference Here - Mania
Google News - over 5 years
Ian McKellan received an Oscar nomination for his intimate portrayal of James Whale – in the closet and slowly dying – who becomes unlikely friends with his gardener. Frankenstein lovers and fans of good acting in general shouldn't miss it
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EEK! at the Greek to usher in Halloween for kids - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
... Night on Bald Mountain, Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre, passages from Bernard Herrmann's indelibly scary score for Hitchcock's Psycho and a series from Franz Waxman's Bride of Frankenstein music, accompanied by clips from James Whale's 1935 film
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Movie feature | Troll Hunter | The World Cup of Monsters - Red Bull (International)
Google News - over 5 years
Taking director James Whale's 1931 classic incarnation in the shape of Boris Karloff (Mary Shelley's monster is too clever and the Hammer versions are a bit dull), he's an accidental killer and full or remorse for the wrong that he's done
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Leeds’s own Radio Aire celebrates 30 years - Yorkshire Evening Post
Google News - over 5 years
Other broadcasters to have worked at the station include BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd, Liz Kershaw and outspoken TV star James Whale. Anthony Gay, 96.3 Radio Aire's station director, said: “It's amazing to stop and consider how many
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Whale
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 64
    In 2016, Whale competed in Celebrity Big Brother 18, where he was the sixth to be evicted - coming ninth overall.
    More Details Hide Details Whale participated in a live Newsnight programme on 26 April 2007 on BBC 2, broadcast simultaneously on talkSPORT, in which he referred to two-week refuse pickup throughout the UK and the 'scandal' of global warming. Whale should have had a live link to the Newsnight studio, but due to a technical failure this was not possible. Whale announced he believed global warming was solely a natural phenomenon. He described recycling as a 'joke' and believed prisoners should sort rubbish and recyclable waste. When asked if Green councillors were a good idea, Whale replied "I don't think Green anything's a good idea!" Whale also often criticises politicians for jumping on the Green bandwagon, in particular Conservative Party leader David Cameron for his 'vote blue, go green' slogan, saying Cameron is 'not fit to govern'. Whale has often stated his admiration for Margaret Thatcher but says he will no longer vote Conservative as long as David Cameron is the party's leader.
    He presented his last show on the station on September 23rd 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Whale is currently hosting "Something for the weekend" on BBC Radio Kent Saturday mornings from 10am till 2pm In 2000, Whale was diagnosed with kidney cancer and said on air why he would be leaving. He survived, and says it affected his outlook on life. Whale founded the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer in 2006 to fund research and raise awareness of the disease. Through the James Whale Network sufferers or carers can contact and speak to other survivors of kidney cancer. Whale has often spoken of his dyslexia and is a patron of the National Literacy Association.
    On 28 July 2016, Whale entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete as a housemate in its eighteenth series.
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  • 2013
    Age 61
    On 13 December 2013, Whale announced that he would be the new permanent presenter of the BBC Essex breakfast programme.
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    In September 2013 Whale brought back The James Whale Radio Show, teaming up with Rob Oldfield from Dead Air Podcast to produce his new weekly show.
    More Details Hide Details The show is a revamp of his old show from the '90s with topical news, guests and the promotion of new music.
    In March 2013, it was announced that existing LBC 97.3 presenter Iain Dale would replace him in this time slot as Whale's contract was not renewed.
    More Details Hide Details Since leaving LBC 97.3 he has presented shows at BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC WM, occasionally BBC Radio Kent and a new online format of his hit 1989 TV show, Whales Weekly. He has recently been interviewed on the Dead Air Podcast giving details of his plans for future shows and projects. He also appears every Thursday on Sky News Sunrise reviewing the papers and he currently discusses the week's news on the One to One Press Review on Voice of Russia–English. He also hosted the first season of the TV show - The Book Show, along with producer and co-host Paul Andrews. It was broadcast on the SKY satellite channel Information.TV from 2013-2014.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 56
    After standing in for Clive Bull on LBC 97.3 for six days in August 2008, Whale covered for Nick Abbot for two weeks from 29 September 2008 on LBC.
    More Details Hide Details Whale presented the drivetime show on LBC 97.3 between 4.00pm and 7.00pm every weekday.
    However, on 2 September 2008 Whale said on air he was leaving Play Radio for book promotion and TV work.
    More Details Hide Details He said he would continue his blog.
    On 20 May 2008, Whale began a four-hour weekly evening phone-in on Internet radio station Play Radio UK.
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    On 7 May 2008 Whale said he would join Bid TV.
    More Details Hide Details He continues to broadcast on JamesWhaleRadio.co.uk.
    In May 2008, Whale was sacked because he twice called on listeners to vote for Boris Johnson before the London mayoral election in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Ofcom fined Talksport £20,000, saying he had "seriously breached the due impartiality rules at the time of an election".
  • 2006
    Age 54
    On 21 December 2006, Whale presented The Mike Dickin Tribute Show, dedicated to a fellow talkSport presenter who had died in a car accident only three days before, Whale's style of presenting was similar to that of Dickin, who also had little tolerance for callers he disagreed with and didn't make a valid point.
    More Details Hide Details The James Whale Show featured as guests celebrities such as Derek Acorah, Jodie Marsh, David Icke, Nick Pope, Alex Jones, David Shayler, Lembit Öpik, Myleene Klass, Peter Stringfellow and Alistair McGowan. Another regular guest was 1970s famous psychic Uri Geller. Whale's friend Bernard Manning would often telephone on his way from gigs. On two occasions, Whale and American talk host Tom Leykis co-hosted shows that ran simultaneously as episodes of both their programmes.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 43
    Whale hosted phone-ins on talkSPORT from 1995 (when it was known as Talk Radio) to 2008, and a 10.00pm–1.00am programme.
    More Details Hide Details Whale was often called to anchor special broadcasts.
    In 1995, he hosted The James Whale Show on TalkSport until he was sacked in 2008 after urging his listeners to elect Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.
    More Details Hide Details He presented on Bid TV before returning to the airwaves on LBC in London.
  • 1994
    Age 42
    In 1994, Whale presented a weekend afternoon show on LBC in London.
    More Details Hide Details He also presented The Blue Whale on Men and Motors.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 38
    The Superstation took over the overnight schedule for Radio Aire in 1990 and Whale moved to the ITV studios to present "Whale On".
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  • 1989
    Age 37
    In 1989 Whale had his first TV show, The James Whale Radio Show, broadcast in a late-night slot on ITV, Radio Aire and Red Rose Radio.
    More Details Hide Details It was live, including interviews and phone-ins in which Whale often treated callers and guests with characteristic short shrift. Conservative MP Jerry Hayes had a regular slot in the show and Steve Coogan would also make a regular appearance. The show was moved to later and later slots, well into the early hours of the morning.
    In 1989 his third single "Bimbo" entered the UK Top 100 singles chart.
    More Details Hide Details An edited version of the B-side "A Big Big Egg" was the end theme for his TV show.
  • 1987
    Age 35
    In 1987 he recorded singles "The Whaley Rap" and "Wrap It Up For Xmas" and by late 1987 his show was simulcast with Red Rose Radio from Preston – both part of Trans World Communications, owned by Owen Oyston.
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  • 1986
    Age 34
    He was moved to the breakfast show in late 1986/early 1987, but soon went back to the late show where he would have more freedom of speech.
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  • 1982
    Age 30
    In 1982, Whale joined Radio Aire in Leeds to host the night talk show.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 22
    Whale started as a phone-in chat show host at Metro Radio in Newcastle, the first presenter of the Nightowls evening phone-in from the station's launch in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to Radio Derby to host a morning phone-in, working with Terry Christian, who became a colleague at talkSPORT.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Whale was born in 1951 in the village of Ewell in Surrey, the son of an English father, David Whale, and a Welsh mother, Anne (née Price), who owned a pub.
    More Details Hide Details Whale was educated at Longmead County Secondary Boys' School, which was informally known as Longmead Boys' School, a secondary modern school in Epsom, Surrey. It subsequently became a co-educational comprehensive school, and was renamed Epsom High School. The school closed in 1989; however, only a few years later in the mid to late nineties a new secondary school was opened on the same site called Blenheim High School. Whale first gained national prominence in the late 1980s with The James Whale Radio Show, a late-night programme produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV.
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