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Diary 1985, 1985

MS. 12864/36
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Subjects discussed in this diary include: press coverage of Mary Whitehouse, broadcasting and morality; film Scum, the private prosecution brought by Mary Whitehouse and the subsequent appeal (discussed in various entries 3 January-1 August); Independent Broadcasting Authority ban on Monty Python's Life of Brian (3-4 January); work on book Mightier Than the Sword by Mary Whitehouse (discussed in various entries 9 January-31 July); speaking engagements and interviews; Eastenders (discussed in various entries 15 February, 11 April, 4 September-12 December); pornography; Spitting Image (14 January, 22 February and 8 December); trial of "The Fox" rapist [Malcolm Fairley] (26 February); miners' strike (1-4 March); proposed changes to obscenity and child protection laws; the Moral Majority (15-16 March); violence on television; correspondence with Michael Grade regarding Doctor Who (1-2 April); Lord Harewood's [George Lascelles] appointment as President of the BBFC [British Board of Film Classification] (30 April); television film Duet for One (16-22 May); broadcast of The War Game on BBC 2 (28-31 July); television play on BBC 1 [probably Queen of Hearts] (11-12 August); Conservative Party Conference (11 October); report Seven Days of Violence on violence in television (6-18 November); Winston Churchill's Obscene Publications Bill (25 November-18 December).


  • 1985


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 12864/36

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom