IMDb > Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) (TV)

Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) (TV) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
7.1/10   291 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Tony Saint (written by)
View company contact information for Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
the Iron Lady's start in politics played for fun See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
84 min

Did You Know?

In the opening titles, the play was subtitled "How Margaret might have done it".See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
the Iron Lady's start in politics played for fun, 1 March 2009
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

'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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (6 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Did Maggie really ask Heath about his sexuality? MrTelly
Transmission date? cutewildstyle
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Mystic Masseur Love Actually Il divo: La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti I'm Not There. The Barbarian Invasions
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Biography section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.