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Diary 1987, 1987

MS. 12864/40

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Subjects discussed in this diary include: press coverage of Mary Whitehouse, broadcasting and morality; Gerald Howarth's Private Members Bill to amend the Obscene Publications Act (discussed in various entries 7 January-15 May); AIDS and its coverage on television; Neil Kinnock's support for a lower homosexual age of consent (7 January-10 February); Eastenders (discussed in various entries 11 January-9 April); Channel 4's "red triangle" series of films, including Themroc (discussed in various entries 6 February-25 March, 7 August); speaking engagements and interviews; appointment of Michael Checkland as BBC Director-General (27 February); proposed ball in the US in aid of children at risk from pornography (20-21 March); Dennis Potter television series The Singing Detective (26 March, 26 November); General Election (10 May-13 June); alleged suicides connected to Dungeons & Dragons (19-20 May); Theatre Night episode What the Butler Saw (24-30 May); Mary Whitehouse's appearance on [ The Dame Edna Experience] (24 June-3 July, 12-21 September); the Hungerford massacre (19 August); Dennis Potter television play Brimstone and Treacle (25-26 August); threats posted to Mary Whitehouse (4-8 September); ITV programme Sins (7-8 September); proposed book Quite Contrary by Mary Whitehouse (20 September); Great Storm of 1987 (16 October); broadcast of televisual poem V by Tony Harrison on Channel 4 (11 October-4 November); report Violence on TV No. 3 (30-31 October); Spitting Image (4 November-7 December); publicity for Richard Branson's Mates brand condoms (11-19 November); Michael Grade's appointment as Chief Executive of Channel 4 (16 November); BBC conference on violence (2 December).


  • 1987


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 12864/40

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom