"If Mary Whitehouse hadn’t existed, she’d have had to be invented. There’s always going to be a Mary Whitehouse and some of the things she says are right. It’s a rotten job to have, quite frankly, because everybody swears at you and all that. She wanted it, yes, but there’s not a lot of glory to be had out of it.
I did send her a silly letter once, because she wrote to me and she said, 'Dear Mr. Sutton, I saw last night’s Play for Today and I would like to congratulate on a modern play entirely devoid of swearing, sex or violence.' And I wrote back and I said, 'Dear Mrs. Whitehouse, Thank you so much. It won’t happen again.'"