With the upcoming release of Lindsay Duncan’s new drama, Thatcher, the BBC Archive are releasing a collection of programmes focused around the first female Prime Minister.
The collection will be available online and follow Thatcher through her career to being a front-running female MP through to becoming the longest-serving PM of the 20th century. Some of the programmes have been broadcast on terrestrial TV, but others are unseen records dating back to 1954.
Thatcher was apparently very popular with producers during the making of these programmes, as an attractive, well-spoken and more importantly, fascinating subject.
Executive Producer for the Archive, Julie Rowbotham, is happy with the collection, but admits it wasn’t easy to bring together:
With a political career spanning more than 30 years, it was a challenge to narrow our collection down to her early highlights selected, but we hope that people will enjoy this collection which charts her journey from being an MP for Finchley to becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
The programmes were released yesterday.