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Diary 1972, 1972

MS. 12864/10

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Subjects discussed in this diary include: press coverage of Mary Whitehouse, broadcasting and morality; Nationwide Festival of Light; Who Does She Think She Is? by Mary Whitehouse; Northern Ireland and the Troubles, including Bloody Sunday (1-6 February), Bloody Friday (21 July); speaking engagements, interviews and broadcasts; film A Clockwork Orange (13 January and 3 February); the miners' strike; BBC television programmes, including 24 Hours, Horizon, Panorama and Till Death Us Do Part; ITV television programmes, including Aquarius; Petition for Public Decency; Moral Rearmament publication The Black and White Book; sex education; Curious magazine and threat to sue Mary Whitehouse for refusing to write an article she had previously agreed to write (discussed in various entries 23 February-11 November); the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association; abortion; record Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stone and Whitehouse's belief that it contained an obscenity (16 June-10 July); Dennis Potter television play [ Follow the Yellow Brick Road] (4-6 July); July issue of magazine Lover Girl containing an article by Martin Cole (discussed in various entries 11 June-28 July); song School's Out by Alice Cooper (21-26 August); cartoon of Mary Whitehouse by Gerald Scarfe on the cover of Ink magazine (19 August and 11 October); performance of song My Ding-a-Ling by Chuck Berry on Top of the Pops (26-28 November).


  • 1972


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 12864/10

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom