UK pubcaster BBC2 is marking the 40th anniversary of Britain having its first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, with a docuseries about the “Iron Lady” and of the era she dominated.
Produced by BBC Studios’ The Documentary Unit, the tentatively titled Thatcher looks at the social history of modern Britain through the rise and fall of Thatcher (pictured).
The 5 x 60-minute docuseries uses archival footage from the time which will provide an intimate glimpse of the Tory politician, and transports audiences to the heart of some of the most important events in Britain’s recent past.
The five-part series includes testimony from close friends, politicians and adversaries, along with British citizens, who share their story of Thatcher’s impact. This dichotomy of first-hand accounts creates a multi-layered perspective of both Thatcher and a nation undergoing rapid cultural and social change.
“Whether we love it or hate it we all live in a world created by Margaret Thatcher,” said Aysha Rafaele, creative director for The Documentary Unit at BBC Studios, in a statement. “This new BBC2 series will explore how the ideology that she espoused and embodied came to be the defining narrative of the last 40 years and will take a forensic look at her impact and legacy on all corners and all aspects of British life.”