Five-part ‘deeply personal’ Margaret Thatcher documentary marking 40 years since Britain’s first female prime minister is coming to the BBC

MARKING 40 years since Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, the BBC has announced a new five-part series for BBC Two.

Exploring how the ‘small town girl’ from Grantham rocketed to power in 1979, the documentary shows the story of Margaret Thatcher and how she ‘dominated the political and social landscape’.

A BBC spokesman said: “Through the prism of one woman’s rise and fall, this series charts the seismic social history of modern Britain.

“Vivid archive footage from the time – ranging from the violent and visceral to the intimate and unseen – will allow us both a deeply personal glimpse of this remarkable politician, and transport us to the heart of some of the most important formative events in Britain’s recent past.

Margaret Thatcher poses with George H Bush in 1987. PHOTO: Wiki

“We will hear from those closest to her (politicians, friends, adversaries, some of the defining faces of the time) and from the citizens from every corner of Britain whose lives would be altered forever by the powerful shifts she brought about.”

Aysha Rafaele, creative director at BBC Studios, said: “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.”

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, said: “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.”

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