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BBC2, BBC Studios ready Margaret Thatcher docuseries

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 ...
April 18, 2018

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.

Thatcher has been commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Tom McDonald, head of natural history and specialist factual. Simon Young is the commissioning editor.

“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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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