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Items removed from 1989 diary, bulk: Bulk, 1989, [1979], 1988-1989

MS. 12864/45
Held in our offsite storage facility

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Press cuttings and correspondence on subjects including: Mary Whitehouse; morality; the BBC; the Broadcasting Standards Council; drinking on television; Coronation Street; television programme The Firm; The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie; the 25th anniversary of the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association; Sky TV and British Satellite Broadcasting; radio programme The Mary Whitehouse Experience; pornography; Eastenders; television programme Last Children of the Empire; James Lawrence Isherwood; Mary Whitehouse's appearance on In the Psychiatrist's Chair and response of Dennis Potter regarding libellous comments made about his mother; death of Lord Hill of Luton [Charles Hill]; broadcast of Lady's Chatterley's Lover in BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime slot; visit of Douglas Hurd to Mary Whitehouse's home; production of The Romans in Britain in Cambridge; Dennis Potter television series Blackeyes; live broadcasts of House of Commons debates.

Correspondents include Michael Grade, Anne Beckwith-Smith (on behalf of Diana, Princess of Wales), Douglas Hurd, Margaret Thatcher, Robert Runcie, Neil Kinnock, [William] Ronald Robertson [Baron Robertson of Oakridge], Victoria Gillick, Marmaduke Hussey, George Russell (Chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority), Lucy Faithfull, David Wright (on behalf of Prince Charles: CLOSED), Richard Sykes, Michael Checkland and Thomas J. Winning, among others.

Also includes: press release regarding TV license detector vans; photographs of Mary Whitehouse with a TV license detector van; transcript of speech In Perspective, written and presented by Ted Harrison and regarding Mary Whitehouse; prayer by Pierre Charles read by Mary Whitehouse on Prayer for Today; copy of hymn In the Garden; monitoring report for film Prizzi's Honour.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in Bulk, 1989
  • Creation: [1979], 1988-1989


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material (two letters) is closed.


MS. 12864/45

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom