Originally aired November 16, 2008 on PBS Check local listings
It's the Swinging Sixties, and suburban British housewife and art teacher Mary Whitehouse (Julie Walters, Mamma Mia!) is an unlikely activist. But when she witnesses lewd content on television during teatime, it is Whitehouse's indignation that boils over. A single letter to the BBC soon turns into a burgeoning grassroots campaign, largely directed at BBC Director-General Hugh Carleton Greene (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets), the man Mary believes is largely responsible for indecency on television. A war of words and ideals ensues — one that still reverberates today. Based on a true story, Filth is a timely, sympathetic, provocative and entertaining look at the intersection of artistic expression and decency.
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Find out more about Mary Whitehouse, her war with the BBC and her legacy.