Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. The score attempts to recreate the sounds of rock and roll. In its original production in Chicago, Grease was a raunchy, aggressive, subsequent productions sanitized it and tamed it down. Grease was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago, from there, it has been successful on both stage and screen, but the content has been diluted and its teenage characters have become less Chicago habitués and more generic. At the time that it closed in 1980, Greases 3, 388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history and it remains Broadways 15th longest-running show. Aspects of the play would be incorporated into the productions 2016 live TV musical. The script was based on Jim Jacobs experience at William Taft High School, Warren Casey collaborated with Jim and together they wrote the music and lyrics. Producers Ken Waissman and Maxine Fox saw the show and made a deal to produce it Off-Broadway, the team headed to New York City to collaborate on the New York production of Grease.
The new production, directed by Tom Moore and choreographed by Patricia Birch, though Grease opened geographically off-Broadway, it did so under first class Broadway contracts. The show was deemed eligible for the 1972 Tony Awards, receiving seven Tony Award nominations. On June 7,1972, the moved to the Broadhurst Theatre in Broadway, and on November 21, it moved to the Royale Theatre there. For the five weeks of the run, the show moved to the larger Majestic Theatre. By the time it closed on April 13,1980, it had run 3,388 performances. Replacements in the run included Jeff Conaway, Gail Edwards, Marilu Henner, Peter Gallagher, Ilene Graff, Judy Kaye, Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, Jerry Zaks and Treat Williams. Richard Gere was an understudy for many roles in production, including Danny Zuko, Teen Angel. Later Paul Nicholas and Elaine Paige, who had been in the London production of Hair, kim Braden would play Sandy. It was revived in London at the Astoria in 1979 with Su Pollard, the revival opened at the Dominion Theatre and transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in October 1996, where it ran until September 11,1999.
Other performers who played Danny were Shane Richie, Luke Goss, Ian Kelsey, the original score includes four songs written for the film adaptation, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Youre the One That I Want, and the title number
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight /ˈaɪl əv ˈwaɪt/ is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is located in the English Channel, about 4 miles off the coast of Hampshire, the island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields and chines. The island has been home to the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and to Queen Victoria and it has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britains space rockets. The island hosts annual festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival. It has well-conserved wildlife and some of the richest cliffs and quarries for dinosaur fossils in Europe, the Isle was owned by a Norman family until 1293 and was earlier a kingdom in its own right. Rural for most of its history, its Victorian fashionability and the affordability of holidays led to significant urban development during the late 19th.
The island was part of Hampshire until 1890 when it became its own administrative county, apart from a shared police force, there is now no administrative link with Hampshire, although a combined local authority with Portsmouth and Southampton is being considered. Until 1995 the island had a governor, the quickest public transport link to the mainland is the hovercraft from Ryde to Southsea, while three ferry and two catamaran services cross the Solent to Southampton and Portsmouth. During the Ice Age, sea levels were lower and the Solent was part of a river flowing south east from current day Poole Harbour towards mid-Channel. As sea levels rose, the valley became flooded. The first inhabitants are assumed to have been hunter-gatherers migrating by land during the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age period, as the ice age began to recede. From the Neolithic era onwards, there are indications that the island had wide trading links, with a port at Bouldnor, evidence of Bronze Age tin trading, caesar reported that the Belgae took the Isle of Wight in about 85 BC and gave its name as Vectis.
The Roman historian Suetonius mentions that the island was captured by the commander Vespasian, the Romans built no towns or roads on the island, but the remains of at least seven Roman villas have been found, indicating the prosperity of local agriculture. During the Dark Ages the island was settled by Jutes as the kingdom of Wihtwara under King Arwald. In 685 it was invaded by Caedwalla, who tried to replace the inhabitants with his own followers and it suffered especially from Viking raids, and was often used as a winter base by Viking raiders when they were unable to reach Normandy. Later, both Earl Tostig and his brother Harold Godwinson held manors on the island, the Norman Conquest of 1066 created the position of Lord of the Isle of Wight, the island being given by William the Conqueror to his kinsman William FitzOsbern. Carisbrooke Priory and the fort of Carisbrooke Castle were founded, allegiance was sworn to FitzOsbern rather than the king, the Lordship was subsequently granted to the de Redvers family by Henry I, after his succession in 1100.
For nearly 200 years the island was a semi-independent feudal fiefdom, the final private owner was the Countess Isabella de Fortibus, who, on her deathbed in 1293, was persuaded to sell it to Edward I
The Sarah Millican Television Programme
The Sarah Millican Television Programme was a British comedic television show hosted by comedian Sarah Millican. The shows central theme was a review of television programming. Three series of the show were broadcast between early 2012 and late 2013, a Christmas special was announced after series 1 had finished. On 27 April 2012, it was announced that BBC Two had ordered a series of comedy chat show The Sarah Millican Television Programme due to start on 15 January 2013. Series 3 began on Tuesday 24 September 2013, along with extended 40 minute repeats entitled The Sarah Millican Slightly Longer Television Programme, a Best Of Series 1 and 2 DVD was released on 11 November 2013 by 4DVD. The Sarah Millican Television Programme at BBC Programmes The Sarah Millican Television Programme at British Comedy Guide The Sarah Millican Television Programme at the Internet Movie Database
Benidorm (TV series)
Benidorm is a British sitcom written by Derren Litten and produced by Tiger Aspect for ITV. The series features an ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff at the Solana all-inclusive hotel in Benidorm, the show first aired on 1 February 2007. It has become ITVs most successful sitcom, the sitcom is based on an all-inclusive resort. Series 1 introduced the characters, the Garvey family, parents Mick and Janice, teenage daughter Chantelle. They are on their first holiday abroad, paid for by Janices mother – the sun-worshipping, chain-smoking Madge and Donald have been coming to Benidorm for twenty years and are enthusiastic, middle-aged swingers. Kate and Martin Weedon are going through a patch during their third year of marriage. Within seconds of arriving they realise that the Solana is the worst place for them to make a fresh start and Troy are on their first holiday together after setting up a successful hair salon. Also introduced in Series 1 are barman Mateo, who flirts with anything that breathes, Series 2 was broadcast in April 2008 and saw all the main characters from series 1 return to the Solana Resort for eight new episodes.
However, there were two new arrivals for the Garvey family, Mel Geoffrey Hutchings - the owner of five sun bed shops and Didsburys answer to Julio Iglesias, Benidorm returned for a one-hour summer special which featured all the regular cast plus Jack and a wanted murderer named Enrique. The crew took the opportunity to shoot aerial footage of Benidorm from the helicopter. With ratings rising, Series 3 followed in October in a new 45 minute format and it was set one year after the summer special as the holidaymakers took up the offer of a free holiday given to them by the Solana Resort. The regulars from series 2 returned but this time Martin did not bring Kate, cast regular Kate made her only Series 3 appearance in the same episode, flying out to help Martin in the aftermath of a mass robbery by Gary and Brandy. It was revealed she was seeing someone else, dashing Martins hopes for a reconciliation, stuart McGugan played Donalds practical-joking friend Wink, who electrocuted himself to death on-stage at Neptunes, and Lorraine Bruce appeared as one of Madges estranged daughters.
By the end of Series 3 the show was regularly attracting 6 million viewers and had won two National TV Awards and been nominated for both a BAFTA and a British Comedy Award, Series 4 was commissioned a few days after Series 3 finished airing. As filming was just about to begin on the new Christmas special that would precede the fourth series, Geoffrey Hutchings who played Mel, died suddenly from a suspected viral infection. As result of his death the scripts had to be heavily re-written. Johnny Vegas, Paul Bazely, Hannah Hobley, Abigail Cruttenden, Tim Healy returned as Les/Lesley this time working for Mel and directing the Garveys to Madges villa. Asa Eliott made an appearance singing for the Benidorm Palace
Alfred William Alfie Moon is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Shane Richie. He made his first appearance on 21 November 2002, and left on 25 December 2005 and he returned to EastEnders on 21 September 2010, following the return of on-screen wife Kat two episodes previously. Richie and Wallace departed on-screen on 22 May 2015, the characters returned for a short stint from 26 December 2015 to 25 January 2016, departing again to film a six-part spin-off series, titled Redwater, set in Ireland. However, following the conclusion of the spin-off, the pair will not return to the soap, Alfies parents were killed in a car crash on Shrove Tuesday and the family commemorate their death each year. Although young, he responsibility for his younger brother Spencer, who is nearly twenty years his junior. Alfie spent three years in prison for credit card fraud after taking the blame for his second cousins Jake, after acquainting himself with a few residents, he sneaks into The Queen Victoria public house and helps himself to a drink behind the bar.
The landlady, Peggy Mitchell, assumes that Alfie is Chris Wright, Alfie takes advantage of the misunderstanding to commit identity fraud against Wright. Alfie packs any stock he could find in a bin bag, jim Branning catches him, but assumes Alfie is throwing away outdated stock and tricks Alfie into giving him a pint on the house. Winston, Ricky Butcher and Sam Mitchell realise that Alfie has told them all different background stories, Alfie answers the phone to the real Chris Wright and tells him the position is filled, revealing his intention to stay. Alfies brother and grandmother arrive unannounced in Albert Square and move into the pub with Alfie, when Alfie is blackmailed by a former police officer, Dougie Slade, who reveals Alfies true identity to Peggy and his family are forced to flee with the pubs takings. However, Alfie leaves the money on Peggys doorstep, Peggy manages to track him down and after he confides in her about his parents death, she gives him another chance. Alfie shares a bond with barmaid Kat Slater and an attraction develops, eventually Kat reciprocates his feelings and one night when the pub is closed, Kat reveals her feelings to him.
They decide to embark on their relationship slowly, but his inability to trust her causes her to rethink the romance and she breaks up with Alfie, Alfie is heartbroken when Kat returns from a trip to New York engaged to local gangster Andy Hunter. Andy, knowing Alfies feelings for Kat, warns him to stay away from her, before the wedding, Kat visits Victoria in hospital, and thinking she is asleep, admits she still loves Alfie. Victoria tells Alfie and he rushes to the wedding to confess his feelings as the ceremony takes place. Kat jilts Andy and he swears revenge before leaving Walford and Kat quickly get engaged and decide to hold the wedding on Christmas Day, less than a month away. However, Alfie is still married to his first wife, lizas mother, Marlene tells Alfie that their divorce is finalised, so he starts to prepare the wedding to Kat, until Liza reveals they are not divorced. There are only a few days before the wedding so he tries to quickly finalise the divorce while trying to keep it secret from Kat, though Liza makes it difficult as she wants Alfie to take her back
Pontins is the trading name of Britannia Jinky Jersey Ltd, a company operating holiday parks in the UK. The original Pontins company was founded in 1946 by Fred Pontin, Pontins specialises in offering half-board and self-catering holidays featuring regular entertainment at resorts, or holiday parks, as they have branded them. Accommodation is usually in the form of chalets, Fred Pontin opened his first holiday camp in 1946 on the site of a former U. S. army base, at Brean Sands near Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. He gradually expanded his empire to thirty sites, although the corporation has contracted since, in 1978 the company was sold to Coral for £56 million. In 1980, Coral was taken over by Bass Brewing, who sold Pontins in 1987 to a management buyout led by Trevor Hemmings It was sold yet again in 1989. Over the next ten years the company closed or sold off a number of sites, in a three-year programme in the mid-1990s, the remaining camps were modernised. By 2000, the company was operating only eight camps, and was back to Hemmings.
In 2008, the company was sold to Ocean Parcs for £46 million, wall Park holiday centre was not included in the sale. In January 2009, Pontins announced the closure of its Hemsby holiday centre, Pontins Blackpool in Squires Gate closed in October 2009 leaving five parks still trading under the Pontins brand. Pontins headquarters were relocated to the Southport Holiday Park, at Ainsdale-on-Sea, from the original Hemmings buy-out until the headquarters were located at Sagar House in the village of Eccleston, Lancashire. In September 2009, Pontins announced a five-year multi-million investment plan for the five parks. Refurbishment work completed in 2010 included a new restaurant and ice skating rink at the Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park. Including proposals of re-building the Camber Sands and Southport Holiday Parks, in 2010, Pontins went to administration and in early 2011, the company was bought out of receivership by Alex Langsam. In 2014, the former Pontins resort at Sand Bay was purchased by the group, following the buy-out by Britannia Hotels in 2011.
The hotel group announced that they will pump £25-Million-Pound into improving the parks with new accommodation and this investment has being carried through to a 5 Year Project and is due to be completed in 2017. Bringing a complete new Pontins experience for 2017, in November 2010, Pontins announced that they had gone into administration. No jobs were lost and customers were able to take the holidays they had booked. A company spokesman said that Pontins would continue to trade for the time being, on 28 January 2011 Britannia Hotels Group bought Pontins Holidays
Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, love, anger – are communicated through the words, movement, since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, musicals. These were followed by the numerous Edwardian musical comedies and the theatre works of American creators like George M. Cohan. Musicals are performed around the world and they may be presented in large venues, such as big-budget Broadway or West End productions in New York City or London. Alternatively, musicals may be staged in smaller fringe theatre, Off-Broadway or regional theatre productions, musicals are often presented by amateur and school groups in churches and other performance spaces. In addition to the United States and Britain, there are vibrant musical theatre scenes in continental Europe, Australasia, the three main components of a book musical are its music and book. The interpretation of a musical is the responsibility of its team, which includes a director. A musicals production is characterized by technical aspects, such as set design, stage properties, lighting.
The creative team and interpretations generally change from the production to succeeding productions. Some production elements, may be retained from the production, for example. There is no fixed length for a musical, while it can range from a short one-act entertainment to several acts and several hours in length, most musicals range from one and a half to three hours. Musicals are usually presented in two acts, with one intermission, and the first act is frequently longer than the second. A book musical is usually built four to six main theme tunes that are reprised in the show. Several shorter musicals on Broadway and in the West End have been presented in one act in recent decades, moments of greatest dramatic intensity in a book musical are often performed in song. Proverbially, when the emotion becomes too strong for speech, you sing, many fewer words are sung in a five-minute song than are spoken in a five-minute block of dialogue. Therefore, there is time to develop drama in a musical than in a straight play of equivalent length.
Within the compressed nature of a musical, the writers must develop the characters, the material presented in a musical may be original, or it may be adapted from novels, classic legends, historical events or films. On the other hand, many musical theatre works have been adapted for musical films, such as West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Oliver
The Irish people are a nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry and culture. Ireland has been inhabited for about 9,000 years according to archaeological studies, for most of Irelands recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people. Today, Ireland is made up of the Republic of Ireland, the people of Northern Ireland hold various national identities, including Irish, Northern Irish, British, or some combination thereof. The Irish have their own customs, music, sports, although Irish was their main language in the past, today the huge majority of Irish people speak English as their first language. Historically, the Irish nation was made up of kin groups or clans, there have been many notable Irish people throughout history. After Irelands conversion to Christianity, Irish missionaries and scholars exerted great influence on Western Europe, the 6th-century Irish monk and missionary Columbanus is regarded as one of the fathers of Europe, followed by saints Cillian and Fergal.
The scientist Robert Boyle is considered the father of chemistry, famous Irish writers include Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker and James Joyce, notable Irish explorers include Brendan the Navigator, Robert McClure, Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean. By some accounts, the first European child born in North America had Irish descent on both sides, many presidents of the United States have had some Irish ancestry. The population of Ireland is about 6.3 million, but it is estimated that 50 to 80 million people around the world have Irish forebears, emigration from Ireland has been the result of conflict and economic issues. People of Irish descent are mainly in English-speaking countries, especially the United Kingdom. There are significant numbers in Argentina and New Zealand, the United States has the most people of Irish descent, while in Australia those of Irish descent are a higher percentage of the population than in any other country. Many Icelanders have Irish and Scottish Gaelic forebears, in its summary of their article Who were the Celts.
The National Museum Wales notes It is possible that genetic studies of ancient. However, early studies have, so far, tended to produce implausible conclusions from very small numbers of people and using outdated assumptions about linguistics, nineteenth century anthropology studied the physical characteristics of Irish people in minute detail. During the past 10,000 years of inhabitation, Ireland has witnessed some different peoples arrive on its shores, the ancient peoples of Ireland—such as the creators of the Céide Fields and Newgrange—are almost unknown. Neither their languages nor terms they used to describe themselves have survived, as late as the middle centuries of the 1st millennium the inhabitants of Ireland did not appear to have a collective name for themselves. Ireland itself was known by a number of different names, including Banba, Fódla, Ériu by the islanders and Hiverne to the Greeks, other Latin names for people from Ireland in Classic and Mediaeval sources include Attacotti and Gael
Death of Michael Jackson
On June 25,2009, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a detectable pulse. After a call was placed to 9-1-1 at 12,21 p. m. local time, on the eve of Jacksons 51st birthday, the Los Angeles County Coroner concluded that his death was a homicide. Shortly before his death, Jackson had reportedly been administered propofol and his personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and served a two-year prison sentence. Jackson had intended to perform a series of concerts to over one million people at Londons O2 Arena from July 2009 to March 2010. A public memorial service for Jackson was held on July 7,2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the service was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people. Jacksons death is ranked No.1 on VH1/VH1 Classics list of 100 Most Shocking Moments in Music, Jackson arrived for rehearsal at Staples Center around 6,30 p. m.
on Wednesday, June 24, according to Ed Alonzo, a magician who was there. The singer jokingly complained of laryngitis and did not rehearse until 9 p. m and he looked great and had great energy, Alonzo added. The next morning, Jackson did not come out of his bedroom, according to the attorney of Conrad Murray, Jacksons personal physician, Murray entered the room that afternoon and found Jackson in bed and not breathing. Jackson had a pulse, and his body was still warm. Murray tried to revive Jackson for five to 10 minutes, at which point he realized he needed to call for help, Murray stated that he was hindered because there was no landline in the house. Murray stated that he could not use his phone to call 911 because he did not know the exact address. Murray stated that he phoned security, but did not get any answer, Murray ran downstairs, yelled for help, and told a chef to bring security up to the room. By the time security called 911, Murrays lawyer stated that at least 30 minutes had passed, statements described Murray as someone using a non-standard CPR technique on Jackson.
The doctors attorney said that Murray placed one hand underneath Jackson and used the hand for chest compression. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson said the 911 call came in at 12,21,04 p. m. PDT, paramedics reached Jackson at 12,26 p. m. and found that he still was not breathing. Paramedics performed CPR for 42 minutes at the house, Murrays attorney stated that Jackson had a pulse when he was taken out of the house and put in the ambulance. An LAFD official gave a different account, stating that paramedics found Jackson in full cardiac arrest, LAFD transported Jackson to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
British Comedy Awards
The British Comedy Awards was an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year. Jonathan Ross announced that he would not be presenting the 2008 awards, the 2007 show occurred on 6 December 2007, but was not televised due to the 2005 controversy and subsequent investigations. The following years ceremony was shown live on 6 December 2008, Compliance for the show was the responsibility of the ITV Compliance Unit of ITV Network Limited. In June 2010, it was announced that awards were to be broadcast on Channel 4 for three years, which was extended for one more year. Shortly afterwards, the 2010 ceremony was postponed until the 2010 ceremony finally aired in January 2011, in June 2015 Channel 4 announced they would be dropping the ceremony. The 2015 ceremony was cancelled due to a lack of a suitable broadcast partner. A new broadcast partner is being lined up for the 2016 ceremony, at the 2005 British Comedy Awards show, the wrong show received the Peoples Choice Award.
Charged by the show with investigating the allegations of irregularities. It was understood that he would be if the recipients were Anthony McPartlin. In order to ensure his attendance, this assurance was given, but it could not be definitively established that Williams involvement led to the wrong winner being announced. Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway did however receive the Peoples Choice Award at the British Comedy Awards 2006, beginning on 26 July 2007, British tabloid newspapers reported the alleged involvement of the British Comedy Awards in the 2007 British television phone-in scandal. ITV announced that they postponed the British Comedy Awards 2007 due to the voting irregularities, in a statement, the company said, Pending conclusion of the investigation, broadcast of the British Comedy Awards 2007 will be postponed. ITV will not make any comment regarding this matter until the conclusion of the investigation. The 2007 awards did take place on 5 December 2007, in early May 2008 Ofcom announced its fining and sanctioning ITV plc in a press release.
On 15 August 2008, it was announced that a scandal could have been committed in the award ceremony at the 2004 Awards. Angus Deayton replaced Jonathan Ross as the host of the British Comedy Awards, Ross returned to presenting the awards in 2009. Best Comedy Panel Show, Would I Lie to You, British Comedy Awards at British Comedy Guide
Kensington is an affluent district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. Its commercial heart is Kensington High Street, the affluent and densely populated area contains the major museum district of South Kensington, which has the Royal Albert Hall for music and nearby Royal College of Music. The area is home to many of Londons European embassies, the first mention of the area is in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it was written in Latin as Chenesitone, which has been interpreted to have originally been Kenesignetun in Anglo-Saxon. A variation may be Kesyngton, in 1396 and he in turn granted the tenancy of Kensington to his vassal Aubrey de Vere I, who was holding the manor in 1086, according to Domesday Book. The bishops heir, Robert de Mowbray, rebelled against William Rufus, Aubrey de Vere I had his tenure converted to a tenancy in-chief, holding Kensington after 1095 directly of the crown. He granted land and church there to Abingdon Abbey at the deathbed request of his young eldest son, Geoffrey.
As the Veres became the earls of Oxford, their estate at Kensington came to be known as Earls Court, while the Abingdon lands were called Abbots Kensington and the church St Mary Abbots. The original Kensington Barracks, built at Kensington Gate in the late 18th century, were demolished in 1858, the focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared Londons second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range, since October 2008 the street has faced competition from the Westfield shopping centre in nearby White City. Kensingtons second group of buildings is at South Kensington, where several streets of small to medium-sized shops. This is the end of Exhibition Road, the thoroughfare that serves the areas museums. To the west, a border is kept along the line of the Counter Creek marked by the West London railway line, in the north east, the large Royal Park of Kensington Gardens is a green buffer. The other main area in Kensington is Holland Park, just north of Kensington High Street.
Kensington is, in general, an affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south. In early 2007, houses sold in Upper Phillimore Gardens for in excess of £20 million, Kensington is very densely populated, it forms part of the most densely populated local government district in the United Kingdom. This high density is not formed from high-rise buildings, unlike northern extremities of the Borough, Kensington lacks high-rise buildings except for the Holiday Inns London Kensington Forum Hotel in Cromwell Road, which is a 27-storey building. The Olympia exhibition hall is just over the border in West Kensington. Kensington is part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the head office of newspaper group DMGT is located in Northcliffe House in Kensington, which is the office part of the large Barkers building
Derek Jameson was an English tabloid journalist and broadcaster. Beginning his career in the media at the lowest possible level in 1944 at Reuters, he worked his way up to become the editor of several British tabloid newspapers in the 1970s and 1980s. Later, he was a broadcaster on BBC Radio 2 for nearly a decade and a half, including an on-air partnership with Ellen, his third wife. He was described, when his profile was at its highest, born in Hackney, Jameson was illegitimate and grew up in a private childrens home where conditions were poor, with five children sharing the same bed, which was bug-ridden. He never knew with certainty who his father was and discovered at 8 that his elder sister. As a child, Jameson was evacuated from London to Bishops Stortford and his formal education included a period at a borstal, his youthful activities had included shoplifting. His career began in Fleet Street, as a boy at Reuters. That year he became a member of the Communist Party, and this political involvement almost ended this employment at Reuters, but his call-up for national service intervened.
By the time his period in the Army ended in 1951, during which he was stationed in Vienna, Jameson returned to Reuters, where he remained until 1960, eventually becoming chief sub-editor. After a brief period as the editor of the London American, after working in the features department there for two years, he became a picture editor for the Sunday Mirror. From 1965 he was assistant editor of the Daily Mirror, later, in 1976 he became managing editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper, and introduced the papers own photographs of topless models. He was appointed editor of the Daily Express the following year by its new proprietor, Victor Matthews, with whom he initially had a good rapport, the two men had a similar start in life. By the time Jameson left Express Newspapers in 1980, the title had increased sales by 500,000. In 1978, in addition he became editor-in-chief of the new more downmarket tabloid. Jameson was involved in the publicity at the time of the launch, the Daily Star had achieved sales of a million copies each day a year after it had begun publication.
By now Jameson had gained a reputation of being able to increase the circulations of tabloid newspapers, Matthews refused to return him full-time to the Daily Express, and Jameson was himself editing the Daily Star in Manchester. He became editor of the News of the World in 1981, the Murdoch and Holt families had, in fact, known each other well. Jamesons cockney accent and abrasive persona caused Private Eye to coin the sobriquet Sid Yobbo in his honour, despite his success and affluence, he remained sensitive about his origins