In the early 1960s, Mrs. Mary Whitehouse, a middle-aged school teacher, begins a campaign against what she sees as filth and smut on BBC television and radio. She and a friend start knocking on doors, circulating petitions and organizing rallies. Her nemesis during this time is Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, Director General of the BBC. He thinks she is just an old busybody who has no artistic taste and doesn't represent the mainstream of British society. Throughout his tenure, which lasted several years, he refused to see her or respond to her correspondence. She continued to campaign at what she viewed as unacceptable programming until her death in 2001. Written by
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The footage of Doctor Who
(1963), seen on a television screen and used to depict the violence of the series, is edited to suggest that the scene takes place at the end of the episode. In fact the scene in question takes place around halfway through Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 4
(1967). This clip is followed by part of the opening sequence, showing the title and Patrick Troughton
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Mary is seen walking from her home to the woods where she walks past (and fails to notice) two young men having sex. She walks past a church which is clearly the Church of St James in Shere, Surrey. Mary Whitehouse lived in Shropshire. See more
[Mary Whitehouse is appearing on a discussion programme which is about to go on air
Mrs Whitehouse, can I just say before the programme starts, that I've followed your campaign right from the beginning.
Oh yes, dear.
And I utterly disagree with everything single thing you're doing.
Hear hear. Freedom of expression is one of the most precious values we have in our society. You seem to have taken it on yourself to speak for people who don't support you in any way whatsoever. You should be ashamed...
Closing credits: "Mary continued to protest until her death in 2001, bringing high-profile cases against Gay News, the Sex Pistols, and The National Theatre, for blasphemy, obscenity and simulated sodomy. She also forced 'Top of the Pops' to transmit Chuck Berry's 'My Ding-A-Ling' with illustrations. These made it clear the ding-a-ling was a toy with bells, not a penis." See more
References The Wednesday Play