The Rise and Fall of Margaret ThatcherAvailable on DVD
December 26, 2011
Before you go out and catch Meryl Streep as the iconic political leader Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady,’ available on DVD are three performances highlighting aspects of the former Prime Minister’s career in ‘The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher.’
Starring: Andrea Riseborough , Patricia Hodge , Lindsay Duncan
Directed by: Michael Samuels , James Kent , Niall MacCormick
Produced by: Madonna Baptiste , Jeremy Howe
Written by: Tony Saint , Ian Curteis , Richard Cottan
Bringing together three outstanding BBC productions, The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher provides a unique insight into the fascinating life of one of the most significant political figures in British history. The Long Walk to Finchley begins on the night Thatcher met her husband-to-be Denis. The film shows Margaret’s steely determination to get selected to a “winnable” Tory seat in the fifties and imagines what might have gone on behind-the-scenes during her ten-year struggle to gain a seat in Parliament. The Falkland’s Play portrays the backroom story of Thatcher’s war. A play that was once deemed too controversial to produce provides a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher and her government faced one of biggest crises in foreign affairs. Finally, Margaret examines Thatcher’s last days in power. The film paints a detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics. Showing at once her strengths and fatal flaws, the film ultimately reveals that the very aspects of her character that helped her secure power were also the ones that ensured her downfall.
The Long Walk To Finchley – starring Andrea Riseborough
Beginning on the night she met her husband-to-be Denis, the film tells of the young Margaret Thatcher’s steely determination to get selected to a ‘winnable’ Tory seat in the fifties and imagines what might have gone on behind the scenes during her ten-year struggle to gain a seat in Parliament.
The Falklands Play – starring Patricia Hodge
The backroom story of Thatcher’s war – a play once deemed too contoversial to produce…20 years later, the play was finally produced: a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher and her government faced the biggest crisis in foreign affairs for a generation.
Margaret – starring Lindsay Duncan
This drama examines Margaret Thatcher’s final days in power painting a detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics. This modern dramatic tragedy illustrates the strengths and fatal flaws of this iconic woman more clearly than ever before and reveals how the very aspects of her character that helped her secure power were the ones that ensured her downfall.