Ban This Filth!: Letters From the Mary Whitehouse Archive

Ban This Filth!: Letters From the Mary Whitehouse Archive


In 1964, Mary Whitehouse introduced a crusade to struggle what she known as the 'propaganda of disbelief, doubt and grime' being poured into houses throughout the nation's radio and tv units. Whitehouse, senior mistress at a Shropshire secondary institution, turned the not going figurehead of a mass circulation for censorship: the nationwide audience' and Listeners' organization, now Mediawatch-uk.

For virtually 40 years, she saved up the struggle opposed to the programme makers, politicians, pop stars and playwrights who she felt have been dragging British tradition right into a sewer of blasphemy and obscenity. From Doctor Who ('Teatime brutality for tots') to Dennis Potter (whose mom sued her for libel and gained) to the Beatles - whose Magical secret Tour escaped her intervention via the surface of its psychedelic tooth - the record of Mary Whitehouse's ambitions will learn to a few like a nostalgic roll of honour.

Caricatured whereas she lived as a determine of middle-brow response, Mary Whitehouse was once held in contempt via the country's highbrow elite. yet have been a number of the risks she warned of extra genuine than they imagined?

Ben Thompson's collection of fabric from her amazing archive indicates Mary Whitehouse's legacy in a startling new mild. From her exquisitely testy exchanges with successive BBC administrators common, to the anguished screeds penned by way of her tv and radio vigilantes, those letters exhibit a posh and combative person, whose anxieties approximately tradition and morality are usually eerily appropriate to the age of the web.

'A impressive learn . . . i will not suggest it hugely enough.' Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music

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