Marking 40 years since Britain’s first female prime minister rocketed to power in 1979, the BBC is to air the defining story of Margaret Thatcher.

The Spitting Image puppet of Maggie Thatcher.

“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.” – Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two

How did the small town girl from Grantham, a woman who said she would not see a female Prime Minister in her own lifetime end up becoming that first PM who divided a nation – loved by many and equally loathed by others.

Through the prism of one woman’s rise and fall, the BBC Two series is to chart 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 the Beeb to show viewers a deeply personal glimpse of the politician, and revisit some of the most important formative events in Britain’s recent past.

The corporation will hear from those closest to her. From politicians, friends, adversaries and from the citizens from every corner of Britain whose lives would be altered forever by the powerful shifts she brought about. Together their evocative, personal and revealing firsthand testimony will combine to build a multi-layered perspective, both of Thatcher herself and of a nation undergoing epoch defining social and cultural change.

“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.” – Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director, The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios

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