BBC Four has commissioned a “light-hearted and imaginative” film detailing Margaret Thatcher’s early political career.
Written by Tony Saint’ Margaret Thatcher � The Long Walk to Finchley’
focuses on her determination to get selected to a ‘winnable’ Tory seat
and imagines what might have gone on behind the scenes during her
ten�year struggle as she was rejected by a succession Tory selection
committees finally being selected for Finchley and Friern Barnet, the
seat that she would become identified with for the rest of her
Andrea Riseborough who previously appeared in BBC Two’s Party Animals
stars as Margaret Thatcher with Rory Kinnear (Mansfield Park) as
husband Denis and Samuel West (Cambridge Spies) as fellow future PM Ted
The film is produced by Great Meadow Productions and is the company’s
first wholly independent commission from the BBC. Their other recent
credits include the award-winning Bradford Riots for Channel 4 and the
critically acclaimed Messiah for the BBC.
Executive Producers Robert Cooper and Kate Triggs add: “Whatever your
views about Margaret Thatcher, she changed the country we live in
irrevocably. And yet she remains something of an enigma.”
“Although she is, arguably, the best known living Briton, we hardly
know her as a person at all. Tony Saint’s witty, humorous and
imaginative script portrays her as a living, breathing young woman up
against that most conservative of all institutions � the British Tory
Filming begins in London in August.