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Diary 1989, 1989

MS. 12864/44

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Subjects discussed in this diary include: obscenity laws; press coverage of Mary Whitehouse, broadcasting and morality; the 25th anniversary of the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association; Mary Whitehouse's appearance on Wogan (5 January-1 February); film Rumble Fish (12-24 January); Sky TV; work on book [ Quite Contrary] by Mary Whitehouse; The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (14-19 February); Channel 4 programme Out (14 February-10 March); Eastenders; drinking on television; television programme The Firm (26-27 February); Mary Whitehouse's appearance on In the Psychiatrist's Chair and response of Dennis Potter regarding libellous comments made about his mother (6-20 April, 29 July, 9 August-1 December); radio programme The Mary Whitehouse Experience (8 April); the Hillsborough disaster (16-21 April); violence on television; The Tiananmen Square massacre (5-6 June); Broadcasting Bill (11 July-20 August); film-poem The Blasphemers' Banquet by Tony Harrison, broadcast on BBC 1 (31 July-1 August); broadcast of Lady's Chatterley's Lover in BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime slot (10-13 September); visit of Douglas Hurd to Mary Whitehouse's home (21 September); production of The Romans in Britain in Cambridge (23 October-19 November); resignation of Nigel Lawson as Chancellor of the Exchequer (27 October-1 November); fall of the Berlin Wall (10-12 November); Dennis Potter television series Blackeyes (11 November-15 December); the revolution in Czechoslovakia (25-28 November); the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu (22-24 December).


  • 1989


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 12864/44

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom