The Bishop and the Nightie (1966): censure in televison

The most memorable scandals in Irish life feature a fulminating bishop and this is no exception. This brief controversy is infamous but why do we find it so compelling? Dr Morgan Wait joins me to talk about television and titillation in 1960s Ireland.


  • Anything that doesn’t feature Gay Byrne is going to get considerably less attention. Morgan Wait


  • When people recognise themselves, or suspect they recognise themselves, they get cross and ask for changes. Aoife Bhreatnach


  • One of the biggest letter writing incidents was around ‘Home Truths’ and it had nothing to do with censorship. Morgan Wait


  • If the ‘Late Late Show’ was introducing sex to audiences, it was to people who were already having it. Aoife Bhreatnach


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