7 user 2 critic

Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)

A light-hearted retelling of the true story of future prime minister Margaret Thatcher, during the fifties when, working as a research chemist, she begins her attempts to be selected for parliament, and meets her future husband Dennis.




Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Margaret (TV Movie 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Margaret Thatcher's final days as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Director: James Kent
Stars: Roger Allam, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Charlotte Asprey
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Andrea Riseborough
The Gathering Storm (TV Movie 2002)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent
Das Boot (TV Mini-Series 2018)
Drama | War

A sequel to Das Boot (1981).

Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden
The Iron Lady (2011)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

From her humble beginnings as a Grocer's daughter from Grantham, Margaret Thatcher fought her way through the murky world of politics, the sexist prejudices of the Conservative Party elite ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Byron
Stars: Tony Benn, Gyles Brandreth, Michael Brunson
After Lucia (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.

Director: Michel Franco
Stars: Tessa Ia, Hernán Mendoza, Gonzalo Vega Jr.
The Game (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Cold War spy thriller that tells the story of invisible wars fought by MI5.

Stars: Tom Hughes, Jonathan Aris, Victoria Hamilton
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

Director: John Maybury
Stars: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys
Cleopatra (1963)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.

Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
A Very Social Secretary (TV Movie 2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A satirical look at Home Secretary David Blunkett and his affair with publisher Kimberly Quinn

Director: Jon Jones
Stars: Bernard Hill, Gillian Goodman, Ellie Haddington


Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gould ...
John Miller
Stanley Soward
Marcia Warren ...
Old Dear
Sir Waldron Smithers
Patricia Hornsby-Smith
Lieutenant Colonel Digby
Geoffrey McGivern ...
Dartford Returning Officer / TV & Radio Announcer (as Geoff McGivern)
Leslie Thomas
Claire Vousden ...


In a post-war election Margaret Roberts, University educated daughter of shop-keeper Alf from Grantham, is determined to get herself elected as a prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Consevative party but without any success. Although her friend Patricia wins a seat,the notion of a woman candidate is frowned upon by Old Guard members like Sir John Sowdon and she gets no support from fellow hopeful - who does get elected - Ted Heath. But she is tenacious and committed and, loyally backed by her business-man husband Dennis finally wins that coveted seat in parliament a decade on. She has successfully completed that long walk to Finchley. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama





Release Date:

12 June 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Margaret Thatcher: O makrys dromos gia to Finchley  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


References are made to future events in the children's lives: Mark getting lost in the desert during the 1982 Dakar rally; Carol's jungle appearance in the television show "I'm A Celebrity...". See more »


Margaret's voice-over when Edward Heath reads her letter of condolence does not match the text of the letter shown. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening titles were typed on an ancient manual typewriter. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.77 (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

the Iron Lady's start in politics played for fun
1 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Long Road to Finchley' presents Margaret Thatcher (nee Roberts) as a flirty and calculating young lady, hell bent on getting into the House of Commons and then on to the top (gamely played by Andrea Riseborough). It deals with her engagement to Denis (Rory Kinnear) and her - at first - friendship with Ted Heath (Samuel West playing the future PM as crippled with shyness and embarrassment around Mrs T), while dealing with her attempts to find a Tory seat to represent.

I loved the flighty character in her hats and pearls striding into the establishment (presented best by Geoffrey Palmer, and no one could display the indignation of England better), alongside her anonymous husband who was only useful to get his wife votes, and their twins who presented a withering annoyance. Despite its refusal to deal seriously with political issues, rather presenting Mrs Thatcher as the feminist dream to empower all women, this drama is interesting, and a good companion piece to the programme about her later years 'Margaret', made a year later.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Transmission date? cutewildstyle
Did Maggie really ask Heath about his sexuality? MrTelly

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: