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Diary 1973, bulk: Bulk, 1973, 1972-1974

MS. 12864/12

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Also contains diary entries for 29-31 December 1972 and for 1-2 January 1974.

Subjects discussed in this diary include: press coverage of Mary Whitehouse, broadcasting and morality; Britain joining the European Union; a Chuck Berry film on the BBC [probably a performance of song My Ding-a-Ling] (4 January); Petition for Public Decency; banning of ITV documentary on Andy Warhol (discussed in various entries 21 January-4 May); proposal to show film Ulysses on the BBC (26-28 January); speaking engagements, debates and interviews; Nationwide Festival of Light; National Viewers' and Listeners' Association; legal cases with Ink magazine regarding a cartoon of Mary Whitehouse, and Curious magazine regarding an article that had been promised by Mary Whitehouse but not delivered (14 February); BBC television programmes including Open Door and Play for the Day episode Baby Blues (7 December); the publishers of The Little Red Schoolbook by Søren Hansen and Jesper Jensen and European Court of Human Rights case Handyside v. United Kingdom (18 February); film Last Tango in Paris (16 February-7 March); obscenity summons made to rock band Lucifer (discussed in various entries 24 February-13 April); film A Clockwork Orange (8 and 27 April); Watergate scandal (6 May); Mary Whitehouse's illness with malaria; Cinematograph and Indecent Displays Bill (29 November-1 January 1974); film Blow-Out [ La Grande Bouffe] (12-31 December); Claire Rayner (18 December).


  • Creation: Majority of material found in Bulk, 1973
  • Creation: 1972-1974


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 12864/12

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom