Ban This Filth!: Letters From the Mary Whitehouse Archive by Ben Thompson

By Ben Thompson

The release of Mary Whitehouse's 'Clean Up TV' crusade (at Birmingham city corridor in 1964) made this devoutly Christian Shropshire school-teacher a media superstar in a single day. Over the following 37 years, her identify turned a byword for censoriousness. all of the countless numbers of letters this redoubtable campaigner despatched, and many of the many millions she hence acquired, have been preserved within the documents of her nationwide audience and Listeners Association.
Sifting via this distinct compendium of concern and affront, Ben Thompson uncovers a startling new standpoint on Mary Whitehouse's stand opposed to a tsunami of swearing and sexual license. faraway from the final of a death breed, may possibly she even have been the harbinger - if no longer particularly the agent - of a transformation within the tide of cultural history?

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Pilot (but backs out at the last minute). Since TAGS teaches that it’s better to stay put, Mayberrians who stray typically come to regret it. Jim Lindsey, a guitar player, joins Bobby Fleet’s Band with a Beat. He comes back some months later driving a shiny red convertible. It seems that he’s made it big, but in fact he quit the band and he’s broke, and Andy’s good offices are required for Bobby Fleet to take him back. Barney goes off to Raleigh to work in the police department. When Andy visits, Barney is on the verge of getting fired, but once again Andy saves the day.

When Ellie refuses, Emma sneaks into the drugstore to take them anyway. Ellie catches her and demands that Andy arrest her for stealing. After learning that the pills are only sugar pills, Ellie gives in and gladly supplies Emma with as many as she wants. ” Like other episodes, “Ellie Comes to Town” has a secondary plotline that parallels the main action. ” Barney keeps filling up citation pads because he insists on enforcing laws that don’t apply, or apply differently, in Mayberry. Although he loves to cite the “code,” Mayberry has its own unwritten code whose interpreter is Andy, the justice of the peace in more than the formal sense.

What novelist Josephine Humphries has said about Southern fiction applies equally to TAGS: “The natural setting of Southern fiction is not wilderness, nor farm nor city. It is town. ”5 These kinds of stories are also TAGS’s essential subject. What characterizes Mayberrians are not their ties to the soil—these are largely symbolic—but 28  The Place their ties to the town and, hence, to one other. This is why the founding of Mayberry, incongruously, dates from the middle of the nineteenth century rather than from the period of British colonization.

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