The Third Soldier Holds His Thighs

By Mark Lawson.

Twenty-five years ago, the morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse brought a prosecution against Michael Bogdanov, Director of the National Theatre production of Howard Brenton's The Romans in Britain, which included a simulated male rape.

Based on interviews, transcripts and diaries, this drama-documentary reconstructs the events of this famous freedom-of-speech case from rehearsals to the sensational trial at the Old Bailey.

Peter Sproule and Greg Hicks, the actors who played the original controversial scene, appear as themselves, with Eleanor Bron as Mary Whitehouse.

Mary Whitehouse....Eleanor Bron

Sir Peter Hall....Simon Callow

Howard Brenton....Ron Cook

Greg Hicks....Greg Hicks

Peter Sproule....Peter Sproule

Michael Bogdanov....Daniel Evans

Narrator....Ewan Bailey

Ross Cornes....Jon Glover

Judge....Geoffrey Whitehead

Lord Rayne....Peter Wickham

Geoffrey Robertson....Mark Straker

Director Simon Curtis.

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By Mark Lawson.

Twenty-five years ago, the morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse brought a prosecution against Michael Bogdanov, Director of the National Theatre production of Howard Brenton's The Romans in Britain, which included a simulated male rape.

Based on interviews, transcripts and diaries, this drama-documentary reconstructs the events of this famous freedom-of-speech case from rehearsals to the sensational trial at the Old Bailey.

Peter Sproule and Greg Hicks, the actors who played the original controversial scene, appear as themselves, with Eleanor Bron as Mary Whitehouse.

Mary Whitehouse....Eleanor Bron

Sir Peter Hall....Simon Callow

Howard Brenton....Ron Cook

Greg Hicks....Greg Hicks

Peter Sproule....Peter Sproule

Michael Bogdanov....Daniel Evans

Narrator....Ewan Bailey

Ross Cornes....Jon Glover

Judge....Geoffrey Whitehead

Lord Rayne....Peter Wickham

Geoffrey Robertson....Mark Straker

Director Simon Curtis.