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Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley -- Young Margaret wants nothing more than to be Prime Minister, but may be too much of a rebel for the Conservative Party of the 1950s. This drama delves into young Margaret's steely determination to get selected as a member of parliament. The road to power is not easy, but Margaret's ambition is unstinting and she firmly believes a woman's place can be in the House as well as the home.


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12 June 2008 (UK) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Andrea Riseborough ... Margaret Thatcher

Philip Jackson ... Alfred Roberts
Michael Gould ... John Miller

Jonathan Aris ... Stanley Soward

Rory Kinnear ... Denis Thatcher

Samuel West ... Ted Heath

Lydia Leonard ... Joyce
Marcia Warren ... Old Dear

Michael Cochrane ... Sir Waldron Smithers

Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Patricia Hornsby-Smith

Christian Rodska ... Lieutenant Colonel Digby

Robert Whitelock ... Bert
Geoffrey McGivern ... Dartford Returning Officer / TV & Radio Announcer (as Geoff McGivern)
James Laurenson ... Leslie Thomas
Claire Vousden ... Nanny
Rob Edwards ... Hemel Member / John Wells / Sumner
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Entwistle / Lt Col Allason

Kim Wall ... Lichfield / Horsfield / Orpington Member
Angela Sims ... Beckenham Constituent

Michael Selwood ... Mark Thatcher
Julia Joyce ... Carol Thatcher

Oliver Ford Davies ... Sir Donald Kaberry

Geoffrey Palmer ... Sir John Crowder
Georgie Glen ... Miss Harris
Jeremy Child ... Langton
Geoffrey Beevers ... Head Panellist - Finchley
Elizabeth Bennett ... Doreen / Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron King ... Conservative MP

Greg Bennett ... Tory (uncredited)

Directed by
Niall MacCormick 
Writing credits
Tony Saint (written by)

Produced by
Madonna Baptiste .... producer
Robert Cooper .... executive producer
Celia Duval .... line producer
Bethan Jones .... executive producer: BBC
Kate Triggs .... executive producer
Original Music by
Srdjan Kurpjel 
Marios Takoushis  (as Mario Takoushis)
Cinematography by
Jan Jonaeus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Combes 
Casting by
Rachel Freck 
Production Design by
Simon Beresford 
Art Direction by
Andrew Rothschild 
Set Decoration by
Sophia Chowdhury 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
Makeup Department
Christine Allsopp .... hair designer
Christine Allsopp .... makeup designer
Tori Robinson .... hair stylist
Tori Robinson .... makeup artist
Alex Rouse .... wigmaker
Rupert Simon .... additional hair stylist
Rupert Simon .... additional makeup artist
Helen Speyer .... hair stylist
Helen Speyer .... makeup artist
Jeanette Redmond .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
James Alexander .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kas Braganza .... first assistant director
Emily Perowne .... third assistant director
Rachael Speed .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chris Felstead .... stand-by props
John Hemsley .... stand-by art director
Caroline Howard .... assistant art director
Kieron Mcnamara .... dressing props
John Palmer .... dressing props
Trine Taraldsvik .... art department trainee
Keith Vowles .... property master
Stuart Walpole .... stand-by props
Rose Windsor .... assistant set dresser
Sound Department
Howard Bargroff .... dubbing mixer
Christian Bourne .... sound maintenance engineer
Patrick Dodd .... dialogue editor
Mustafa Durma .... foley recordist
Simon Farmer .... sound recordist
Dado Jehan .... foley artist (as Dado Dzihan)
Gareth Rhys Jones .... foley artist
Andrea Kurpjel .... sound facility manager
Danton Tanimura .... sound editor
Burak Topalakci .... sound editor
Sacha Walker .... sound editor
Srdjan Kurpjel .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurence Cendrowicz .... still photographer
Trevor Chaisty .... electrician
Mark Maidment .... focus puller
Robert Milton .... best boy
Jamie Phillips .... clapper loader
Aaron Reid .... camera trainee
Steve Scoble .... grip
Andrew Taylor .... gaffer
Gareth Williams .... electrician
Casting Department
Karen Maxwell .... casting assistant (as Karen Goddard)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Warren Haigh .... costume trainee
Mary Judge .... costume supervisor
Sue Peck .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Alejandro Aldana .... assistant editor
Clyde Kellett .... on-line editor
Sonny Sheridan .... colorist
Transportation Department
Barry Stevenson .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lynne Curran .... dance coordinator
Angus Finlayson .... floor runner
Sarah Garner .... script supervisor
Alan Gavin .... production accountant
Maree Gecks .... production coordinator
Stefan Kaday .... production office assistant
Jed Leventhall .... production executive
Paul Murphy .... assistant production accountant
Simon Nixon .... location manager
Julie Scott .... production executive: BBC
Jack Timbrell .... production runner

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Thatcher's Road To Parliament, 8 November 2011
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

Before she became Prime Minister or Britain's "Iron Lady", there was an ambitious young woman named Margaret Roberts, later to be known as Margaret Thatcher, who sought to become a Member of Parliament. Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley, with the subtitle "How Margaret Might Have Done It", is the BBC's 2008 film depicting the ten year journey of a young grocer's daughter straight out of university to the beginning of her rise to Prime Minister.

The film's heart is its young Margaret played by Andrea Riseborough. This isn't the Thatcher who became so well-known some thirty years after the film begins but a much different woman. This Margaret is young, feisty and above all incredibly ambitious. In that case, Riseborough is perfect casting as we watch this young future Prime Minister put her ambition above all else including job and family. Riseborough plays the role to the utmost of her ability and she serves the film well.

The supporting cast is splendid as well. Rory Kinnear is perfect as the young Denis Thatcher and much the same can be said of Philip Jackson as Margaret's father Alfred. The supporting cast also includes Samuel West as Edward Heath (himself a future Prime Minister), Michael Cochrane as Sir Waldron Smithers, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Patricia Hornsby-Smith and Geoffrey Palmer as Finchley's outgoing MP Sir John Crowder. Palmer's appearance in particular is in fact quite small but makes a huge impression during his time on screen. The result is well acted film all around.

The production values of the film serve the film well. In particular the cinematography of Jan Jonaeus and the score from composers Srdjan Kurpjel and Mario Takoushis serve the film's light hearted tone well. The music is particular is superb at setting the feel of any particularly scene in the film. The film also is well served by its sets and costumes which believably present the 1950s setting of the film. The production values serve the film well and little more can be asked of them.

The script by Tony Saint is an interesting piece of work in its own right. The film's subtitled "How Margaret Might Have Done It" is an accurate one. The film is without a doubt inspired by the true story of Thatcher's decade long journey into being elected to Parliament yet is also without a doubt a piece of fiction. It is a light hearted piece of fiction as well. The film puts heavy focus on the comedic especially with some nicely done foreshadowing of events still far in the future. These include a young Mark Thatcher saying if he ever went to Africa he wouldn't cause trouble (a reference to his involvement in the 2004 coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea) and a young Margaret saying in an early speech "Every child in the country would have as much milk as they wanted. That would be my promise," in a reference to one of Thatcher's most infamous decisions pre-Prime Minister when she served as Minister of Education to end the serving of free milk in schools. The film also has a fair amount of drama in it as it explores the beginning of the rift that would grow between Thatcher and Heath as well as Thatcher's struggle to overcome prejudice. The result than isn't a political film but an entertaining one about the rise of an ambitious young woman who would one day become her nation's most powerful leader.

Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley is a film perhaps best looked at not without politics in mind. The film is filled with strong performances, strong production values and a first rate script with a light hearted tone to it. This isn't a film about the still controversial Prime Minister but the journey of the young woman who was to become her.

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