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Items removed from 1985 diary, 1985

MS. 12864/37

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Press cuttings and correspondence on subjects including: Mary Whitehouse; the BBC; The Dave Allen Show; Independent Broadcasting Authority ban on Monty Python's Life of Brian; the Bishop of Durham's comments on the resurrection of Jesus; television programme Oxbridge Blues; pornography; Malcolm Fairley ["The Fox" rapist]; BBC Radio 4 Lent Talks; violence in broadcasting and report Seven Days of Violence; The Old Grey Whistle Test; film Scum and the appeal against the outcome of the private prosecution brought by Mary Whitehouse; Robin of Sherwood; Doctor Who; Eastenders; proposed amendments to obscenity laws; child abuse; television coverage of Northern Ireland and the Troubles; the Video Recordings Act; book Mightier than the Sword by Mary Whitehouse; Channel 4; Winston Churchill's Obscene Publications Bill.

Correspondents includes Alasdair Milne, Peter Kruger, Stuart Young, James Cellan Jones, Leon Brittan, Viscount Tonypandy [George Thomas], Margaret Thatcher, Richard Nugent, Peter Barkworth, Archbishop of Canterbury [Robert Runcie], Bill Deedes, Norman Tebbit and Winston [Churchill], among others.

Also includes: transcript of broadcast A Voice Crying in the Wilderness by Mary Whitehouse for BBC Radio 4 Lent Talks; calligraphed biblical quotes; menu for Champagne Charlie Seasonal Luncheon; typescript pages, probably from a newsletter, mostly regarding the death of Kate Sellors; diary entry for 19 September, regarding television interviews and a Cambridge Union Society debate; ticket and order of service for a service of thanksgiving on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury; typescript notes on a meeting with Douglas Hurd regarding obscenity laws; copies of monitoring reports on films Jubilee and Sebastiane; extract from a BBC Breakfast Time pantomime sketch.


  • 1985


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 12864/37

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom