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Masterpiece: Filth!

Masterpiece Contemporary

During the sixties, a suburban British housewife and art teacher Mary Whitehouse, starts a burgeoning grassroots campaign by simply uttering one word to describe what she was seeing on TV... filth. This word was aimed at BBC Director-General Hugh Carleton Greene, who she believes is largely responsible for indecency on television. A war of words and ideals ensues — one that still reverberates today.

Episode Info

Episode number: 38x31
Production Number: 3831
Airdate: Sunday November 16th, 2008
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

Director: Andy DeEmmony
Writer: Amanda Coe


Guest Stars
Alun ArmstrongAlun Armstrong
As Ernest Whitehouse
Harriet EastcottHarriet Eastcott
As Female Panelist
Hugh BonnevilleHugh Bonneville
As Sir Hugh Carleton Greene
Nicholas WoodesonNicholas Woodeson
As Harman Grisewood
Paul ChahidiPaul Chahidi
As Sir Barnett Cocks
Ron CookRon Cook
As Lord Charlie Hill
Simon MolloySimon Molloy
As Male Panelist
Timothy Davies (1)Timothy Davies (1)
As Rev. Basil Buckland
William BeckWilliam Beck
As David Turner
Alex KnightAlex Knight
As Doorman
Alistair FindlayAlistair Findlay
As Quintin Hogg
Barbara PhelpsBarbara Phelps
As Mrs. Grisewood
Drew WebbDrew Webb
As Richard Whitehouse
Emily HamiltonEmily Hamilton
As Miss Tate
Francesca HuntFrancesca Hunt
As Elaine Carleton Greene
Frog StoneFrog Stone
As Miss Venables
Georgie GlenGeorgie Glen
As Norah Buckland
Greg TannerGreg Tanner
As Police Constable
Helen GraceHelen Grace
As Charlotte Daubeny
Henry EverettHenry Everett
As Capt. Of Greene's Team
James ScalesJames Scales
As Cameraman #1
James WooleyJames Wooley
As Bevins
Jeremy LegatJeremy Legat
As Christopher Whitehouse
Julie WaltersJulie Walters
As Mary Whitehouse
Louise MardenboroughLouise Mardenborough
As Nubile Girl
Mark BagnallMark Bagnall
As Brummy Journalist
Martin TrenamanMartin Trenaman
As Cameraman #2
Melissa WaltonMelissa Walton
As Grammar Head Girl
Mike ArmstrongMike Armstrong
As Audience #1/Interloper
Mike ShermanMike Sherman
As House of Commons Reporter
Nicola HollinsheadNicola Hollinshead
As Russian Doll Mother
Paul WestwoodPaul Westwood
As Paul Whitehouse
Richard AttleeRichard Attlee
As Journalist
Richard JamesRichard James
As TV Journalist
Sarah WhitlockSarah Whitlock
As Mrs. Smallwood
Stewart WrightStewart Wright
As Malcolm
Main Cast
Matthew GoodeMatthew Goode
As Host - Masterpiece Contemporary
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