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James Whale’s Manifesto The UK is going to hell in a handcart. At least, that’s what James Whale thinks, so he’s taking matters into his own hands. Ladies and gentleman of the electorate, brace yourselves for James Whale’s Manifesto: Getting Britain Back on Track in 2012. In each episode, the outspoken broadcaster will be throwing down the gauntlet to a trio of opinionated guests to thrash out solutions to the country’s woes, from healthcare to housing, from economics to unemployment. An aud ...
 
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In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Nana Mouskouri.Born on the island of Crete in Greece, Nana began singing at the age of 12 inspired by jazz legends such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. She has gone on to become one of the most famous singers in music history, selling over 300 million records in multiple languages. For i…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull.Faithfull began her music career in 1964 performing folk music at local coffee houses. Her career soon escalated after releasing "As Tears Go By", taking on acting roles, as well as working w…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Dame Vera Lynn.Dame Vera Lynn began singing at the tender age of seven and most famously became known as "The Forces Sweetheart" during the Second World War when she performed for British troops with some of her most icon…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with film director John Waters.Growing up in 1950s Baltimore, Waters started making films from an early age with his friends, celebrating all things counter-culture. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his cult films such as "Pink…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British actress Julie Walters.Julie rose to fame with the 1983 film "Educating Rita". Since winning the BAFTA and Golden Globe for her performance she has become a fixture on the big screen, starring in the likes of "Calendar Girls", "Mamma Mia!"…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British lyricist Sir Tim Rice.Tim has had huge success in the musical world, from creating iconic shows with Andrew Lloyd Webber, such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita", to winning Oscars and Golden Globes for his songs with The Walt Disney…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer John Barrowman.John's first break came starring as Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. Since then he has starred in countless West End productions including "Miss Saigon…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British singer and actress Petula Clark.Petula's career has spanned an incredible seven decades. Starting her music career from an early age entertaining troops and wartime audiences on the wireless, she went on to release numerous hit singles in…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with musician Chrissie Hynde.Chrissie is best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Pretenders. They gained critical acclaim with their debut single "Stop Your Sobbing" and went on to have chart success with "Brass In Pocket". …
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British comedian Matt Lucas.Matt made a name for himself in comedy TV shows such as "Shooting Stars" and "Little Britain" and has since enjoyed success on the big screen, starring in Hollywood movies "Alice In Wonderland" and "Bridesmaids". His w…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Sandie Shaw.Growing up in Dagenham, Essex, Shaw made a name for herself at the tender age of 17 with her first UK No. 1 hit, "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me". The 1960s saw her tour the world, represent the…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This Episode sees Russell interview soul, R&B and jazz singer Natalie Cole.Natalie grew up into a very musical family. Recording from an early age with her father Nat King Cole, she managed to forge her own solo success in later years with the hit single "This Will Be (An Ever…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with British actress Dame Diana Rigg.Starting her career on the stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Diana went on to become a feminist icon of the 1960s when she played the role of Emma Peel in TV series "The Avengers". T…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with guitarist Hank Marvin.Hank is best known for his work with the musical group The Shadows, who started out as Cliff Richard's backing band in 1958 on the No. 2 hit single "Move It". Alongside huge success with The Shadows, perfor…
 
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Engelbert Humperdinck.Engelbert first had success in 1967 when he recorded "Release Me". The song went to No. 1 in the UK, spent 56 weeks in the Top 50 and reportedly sold 85,000 copies a day at the height of it's popular…
 
In Episode 6 of his podcast, James talks to Dr. Michael Davidson of the Christian group behind the 'gay conversion' adverts banned from London's buses. 2012 has so far seen the Government consulting on gay marriage and the campaign to legalize same-sex unions gaining momentum. But in the run up to the London Mayoral Election, the adverts proclaimin…
 
In Episode 5, James addresses the nation’s expanding waistlines. In May, an obese teen needed a wall of her house to be removed before she could get to hospital. And a recent poll showed that 54% of doctors surveyed felt that the clinically obese should forfeit the right to non-emergency NHS treatment. James meets Kathryn Szrodecki, a size acceptan…
 
James Whale's alternative cabinet has reconvened with Martin Bright from New Deal of the Mind, Douglas Murray of the Henry Jackson Society and the Editor of Spiked Online, Brendan O'Neill. After much deliberation, the Cabinet has seen fit to address one of the most fundamental and divisive issues facing modern Britain in 2012; race relations. Let t…
 
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