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Masterpiece Contemporary; Filth


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Masterpiece Contemporary
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Masterpiece contemporary, which follows the successful launches of Masterpiece classic and Masterpiece mystery!, will present outstanding British television drama with contemporary themes. Series release date: 2008

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"Filth" is the surprising story of Mary Whitehouse and her David-and-Goliath type struggle with the BBC in the 60s. With Julie Walters starring as Whitehouse and Hugh Bonneville playing her arch-enemy, BBC Director-General, Hugh Greene, their clash of values forms a portrait of a time that shaped the TV we watch today. Forty years ago, her battle with the BBC started over The Beatles' use of the word "knickers."

Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Harry Potter) stars as Mary Whitehouse in the true story of a moral watchdog barking at the heels of swinging England in the 1960s. Hugh Bonneville (Five Days, "Miss Austen Regrets") co-stars as the prime object of Mary's wrath: Hugh Greene, head of the BBC and a force for everything contemporary, witty and - in Mary's eyes - filthy. Alun Armstrong ("Bleak House") plays Mary's taciturn husband, Earnest, who toes his wife's virtuous line while secretly longing to cross it. Forty-five years after Whitehead began her campaign, the question of what is and what is not acceptable for broadcast television remains a hot issue.

Produced by Wall to Wall for BBC. Copyrighted Wall to Wall Media.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Contemporary; Filth,” 11/11/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_768147CAD31C4B64BFB2FB6D3CC9645B.
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