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David Dimbleby has some time to kill before the procession leaves the Palace of Westminster. Time to talk about the route, tell us about the undertakers and the horses – six black chargers led by Mr Twister – who'll pull the gun carriage after a pit stop at St Clement Danes.
And there are distinguished guests, mostly titled, in the studio overlooking St Paul's. Shirley Williams is generous, remembers the Iron Lady actually ironing, and praises her extraordinary single-mindedness and seriousness.
"What brings you here?" Dimbleby asks Terry Wogan. Sir T's not sure, he didn't know Lady T well, but he tells a story about her, Denis and a couple of gin and tonics I've heard before. Peter Hennessy, the historian, is on hand for pithiness. "She was a primary-colours politician who disturbed all the atoms in politics, »
- Sam Wollaston
BBC to lead television coverage, with David Dimbleby - wearing a black tie - presenting a three-hour programme on BBC1
The world's media will converge on St Paul's Cathedral in central London next week as Lady Thatcher's funeral ceremony is beamed to millions of viewers at home and abroad.
The BBC hopes to revive its reputation as Britain's national broadcaster after a bruising year, with David Dimbleby anchoring the only live and uninterrupted coverage of the service on terrestrial television.
Dimbleby will front a three-hour programme on BBC1 from 9.15am as the funeral procession leaves the Palace of Westminster for St Paul's Cathedral. The BBC's master of ceremonies will wear a black tie for the occasion, it was confirmed on Friday, avoiding the controversy generated by Peter Sissons more than a decade ago when he announced the Queen Mother's death in a burgundy number.
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- Josh Halliday
BBC One has cleared its schedules to air a 90-minute obituary for Margaret Thatcher tonight at 8.30pm.
Thatcher, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, died this morning at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.
The as-yet-untitled BBC One broadcast will replace Panorama's 'Britain's Sharia Councils' and first episode of three-part documentary The Prisoners in the schedules.
A news special will also run this afternoon from 4pm to 5pm, presented by Huw Edwards.
There will also be an extended edition of Newsnight at 10.30pm on BBC Two.
ITV will broadcast a special documentary at 10.35pm, presented by Alastair Stewart and produced by ITN.
Sky Atlantic will air its obituary at 8pm, and Pick TV at 9pm. »
3 items from 2013
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