BBC Studios Documentary Unit is to make a ‘definitive’ doc about Margaret Thatcher for BBC2.

Marking 40 years since Britain’s first female prime minister came to power in 1979, the series will look through “the prism of one woman’s rise and fall to chart the seismic social history of modern Britain.”

The show will use both archive footage from the time as well as interviews with fellow politicians, friends, adversaries  and members of the public.

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."
Thatcher (w/t) 5×60′ has been commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two and Tom McDonald, Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Simon Young. It is being produced by BBC Studios’ The Documentary Unit.

Staff Reporter

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