BBC Two has announced a new five-part documentary exploring Margaret Thatcher’s journey from the small town girl from Grantham to a global political heavyweight.
Commissioned to mark 40 years since Britain’s first female prime minister rocketed to power in 1979, the documentary will chronicle her handling of domestic and global changes as well as assessing the public memory of her life and career.
It will hear from those closest to her and from the citizens from every corner of Britain whose lives would be altered forever by the powerful shifts she brought about.
Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, says: “Margaret Thatcher defined her age like no other leader since the war. This series promises to be not just the story of her extraordinary political journey, but also an exploration of the age that produced so much of the world we live in today.
“I am thrilled we will be bringing this most compelling, and divisive, of histories to BBC Two.”
Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director, The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios, says: “Whether we love it or hate it we all live in a world created by Margaret Thatcher.
“This new BBC Two 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.”