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Masterpiece Episode: "Filth"

Season 38, Episode 31
Episode Synopsis: The satirical "Filth" features a tremendous performance by Julie Walters as Mary Whitehouse, a real-life school teacher who founded a TV-watchdog group in 1960s Britain in an effort to stop the BBC from broadcasting what she saw as immoral programs. The BBC's modern-minded director-general, Sir Hugh Greene (Hugh Bonneville), will hear none of her complaints, however, and he winds up in Mrs. Whitehouse's crosshairs. Ernest: Alun Armstrong. Lord Charlie Hill: Ron Cook.
Original Air Date: Nov 16, 2008
Guest Cast Helen Grace: Charlotte Daubeny Valerie Minifie: Vera Julie Walters: Mary Whitehouse Nicholas Le Prevost: Ken Alex Knight: Doorman Stewart Wright: Malcolm Timothy Davies: Rev. Basil Buckland Mark Bagnall: Journalist Jessica Harper: Pam Richard James: TV Journalist Georgie Glen: Norah Buckland William Beck: David Turner Emily Hamilton: Miss Tate Simon Molloy: Male Panellist Hugh Bonneville: Sir Hugh Greene Mike Sherman: House of Commons Reporter Nicholas Woodeson: Harman Grisewood Ron Cook: Lord Charlie Hill Francesca Hunt: Elaine Carleton Green Michael Armstrong: Audience Member Paul Chahidi: Sir Barnett Cocks Alun Armstrong: Ernest Whitehouse

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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