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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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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
Bob Milton .... best boy (as Robert Milton)
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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In the opening titles, the play was subtitled "How Margaret might have done it".See more »
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Sacredness and Humour, 28 October 2015
Author: Thaneevuth Jankrajang from Thailand

Thailand is a place of my political background. It has been shifted back and forth between half-cooked democracy and full-fledged dictatorship. King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and his network try to be perceived as impartial and above, but ultimately and stupidly sided with the latter, who preserves the monarchy's personal interests, in their narrow view, better. It is him who allows Thailand to be off the global chart, whenever his personal security seems threatened. We adopted Great Britain's parliamentary system mainly because the system allows the monarchy to co-exist, not because we believe in it. This is why a film like this one is marvelous in my eyes. No matter how playful the tone of the film is, as contrasting to the real Margaret Thatcher's seriousness, I still feel the sacredness of the parliamentary institutions and why it must be protected at all cost. All characters shown here, villainous or otherwise, are abided by such thought. Candidates can come and go, and the democratic institutions live on. This is a piece of communication that deepens the love for democracy and people's democratic traditions, without uttering the word democracy even once. This is we work so hard to ridding ourselves of those who undermine Thailand's era of infant democracy. Hopelessly shallow generals must be put back in place. The king and his nosy network must be put back in place, or risk losing it all this time. People had been too kind to them in the 1932 when a revolution took place. We allowed a snake with its backbone half-broken to crawl back and breed more little snakes over the years. Now, all the snakes have ganged up against democracy, we must study the sacredness and humour in a film such as this one and use the good blend as weapons. We do not have to agree or even like you, Mrs. Thatcher, but we respect your and your people's sense of self worthiness and make that clear in your political way.

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