‘Sinful Sex and Demon Drink’ in the Wellcome Library

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Image: Ian Hislop (BBC Press Office)

Image: Ian Hislop (BBC Press Office)

This week saw the broadcast on BBC2 of the concluding part of Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders, a series which set out to restore the reputation of Victorian social campaigners and reformers.

The concluding episode – Sinful Sex and Demon Drink – featured a sequence filmed in the Wellcome Library. This discussed the work of the social purity campaigner Ellice Hopkins (1836-1904) and featured presenter Ian Hislop read from a copy we have of her instructional pamphlet ‘True Manliness‘, which promoted the virtues of male chastity.

The episode – along with the first two in the series – featured a wealth of material on health in the nineteenth century and is available through the BBC iPlayer to viewers in the UK until Monday 20th December.


Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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