Mary Whitehouse was the icon of prudish repression. As such she stood for everything I disliked. And yet the backlash to her was often misogynistic and contemptible. This drama was a long way from endorsing her world view and yet it also sharply skewered the upper middle class male liberal establishment against which she set herself.
You know how much I hate Margaret Thatcher. And yet I can remember going on political marches where these braying SWP boys chanted 'Thatcher's got one, Tebbit is one' and thinking 'Fuck you. Is that the most effective argument you can think of against Thatcher - she's got a vagina?' And a lot of the criticism of Whitehouse went no further than that - presenting her as ugly/sexual - her critics coming from somewhere very close to her own prudishness. Both expressing fear of the body, the filthiness of the body, the hatred of sex.
Anyway, that's me being serious, whereas the drama was cheerful, vulgar and warm.