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Margaret -- Drama charting Margaret Thatcher's astonishing fall from power, one of the most extraordinary stories of political assassination the world has seen. It took only eleven days for Thatcher to go from being the most powerful woman in the world to the tearful figure in the back of the car.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roger Allam ... John Wakeham

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... John Sergeant

Charlotte Asprey ... Caroline Stephens
Elizabeth Bennett ... Sue Mastriforte
Martin Chamberlain ... Nigel Lawson

Michael Cochrane ... Alan Clark

Oliver Cotton ... Michael Heseltine

Alan Cox ... Gordon Reece

Dermot Crowley ... Airey Neave

Nicholas Day ... Cranley Onslow

Lindsay Duncan ... Margaret Thatcher

Julian Firth ... Norman Lamont

James Fox ... Charles Powell

Robert Hardy ... Willie Whitelaw

Guy Henry ... Tristan Garel-Jones
Jenny Howe ... Cynthia Crawford

Philip Jackson ... Bernard Ingham

Paul Jesson ... Kenneth Baker

Nicholas Jones ... Tim Renton
Diana Kent ... Margaret King
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Douglas Hurd

Oliver Le Sueur ... Mark Thatcher
Nigel Le Vaillant ... Edward Heath
Rosemary Leach ... Queen Elizabeth II

Christian McKay ... John Whittingdale (as Christian Mackay)
Francis Maguire ... Official (as Frank Maguire)

Michael Maloney ... John Major
Roy Marsden ... Norman Tebbit

Ian McDiarmid ... Denis Thatcher
Douglas McFerran ... MP
Tim McMullan ... William Waldegrave

Kevin McNally ... Kenneth Clarke (as Kevin R. McNally)
George Pensotti ... Speaker of the Commons
Mark Perry ... John MacGregor

Olivia Poulet ... Carol Thatcher

Nicholas Rowe ... Malcolm Rifkind

John Sessions ... Geoffrey Howe

Rupert Vansittart ... Peter Morrison

Tim Wallers ... MP
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Conservative MP (uncredited)
Andrew Care ... Party Worker (uncredited)
Carl Robins ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
James Kent 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Cottan  written by

Produced by
Hilary Benson .... line producer
Robert Cooper .... executive producer
Bethan Jones .... executive producer: BBC
Kate Triggs .... executive producer
Sanne Wohlenberg .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Muldowney 
Cinematography by
David Odd 
Film Editing by
William Diver  (as Bill Diver)
Casting by
Rachel Freck 
Production Design by
David Roger 
Art Direction by
Kate Evenden 
Costume Design by
James Keast 
Makeup Department
Deanne Turner .... makeup artist
Karen Z.M. Turner .... makeup artist
Christine Walmesley-Cotham .... makeup designer
Production Management
Beewan Athwal .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin Azzopardi .... third assistant director
Matthew Hanson .... second assistant director
Mick Pantaleo .... first assistant director
Colin Azzopardi .... second assistant director: daily (uncredited)
Art Department
Neil Alexander .... dressing props
Gavin Grant .... dressing props
Jo Kornstein .... production buyer
John Krommenhoek .... stand-by carpenter
Shay Leonard .... prop hand
Katie Ralph .... art department assistant
Paul Roberts .... stand-by carpenter
Matilda Wainwright .... stand-by art director
Nick Walker .... property master
Darren Williams .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Joanna Andrews .... sound trainee
Chris Ashworth .... sound recordist
Ben Baird .... dubbing mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound maintenance
Nick Roberts .... dialogue editor
Chris Goldsmith .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Caroline Robinson .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Hills .... visual effects (uncredited)
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Mortimer .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurence Cendrowicz .... still photographer
Beisan Elias .... camera trainee
Toby Flesher .... best boy
Tom Gates .... gaffer
Peter Howard .... focus puller
Eifion Hughes .... electrician (as Eifon Hughes)
Adam Lee .... electrician
Chris Rusby .... grip
Anna Valdez-Hanks .... clapper loader
Frankie Webster .... rigger (as Frank Webster)
Jo Gibbs .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
Karl Hui .... focus puller: dailies (uncredited)
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
Nick Ray .... grip: dailies (uncredited)
Tony Slater Ling .... camera operator: dailies (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen Maxwell .... casting assistant (as Karen Goddard)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Allen .... costume supervisor
Emma Devonald .... wardrobe trainee
Emma Moore .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Jet Omoshebi .... colorist
Rab Wilson .... assistant editor
Helen Paszyn .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
John Campbell .... consultant
Tina Falcone .... assistant accountant
Kerry Fosten .... production secretary
Ruth Gibbs .... unit nurse
Chris Green .... production accountant
Laura Hooper .... production runner
Stefan Kaday .... production associate
Rebecca Kemp .... location assistant
Tony Knox .... researcher
Jed Leventhall .... production executive
Alice Lusher .... production coordinator
Ian Pollington .... location manager
Carol Saunderson .... script supervisor
Iain Smith .... assistant location manager
Louis Barron .... floor runner (uncredited)
Mango Dennis .... floor runner (uncredited)
Louise Caruana Galizia .... floor runner (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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The real No. 10 Downing Street was decorated by Steve Hunt, his first job after leaving school. The entrance hall behind the famous No. 10 front door is blue in the film, but was really painted red, which Margaret Thatcher did not like, since it is the traditional colour for the opposition Labour Party. The main staircase was painted in a stippled yellow glaze, not beige-pink like in the film.See more »
Anachronisms: Throughout the film any time a telephone rang a soft electronic warble ring was used. Yet all telephones seen throughout the production are BT/GPO standard issue (of the day) Type 706's which had a mechanical bell ringer.See more »
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Thatcher's Downfall, 8 November 2011
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

Margaret Thatcher, the UK's longest serving post World War II Prime Minister, a major player on the world stage during that time and a figure who still is a source of controversy more than thirty years after being elected. In 1990 her tenure as Prime Minister came to an end when her own party replaced her. The 2009 BBC film Margaret tells the story of her last days in power, how it came about and how her greatest strengths brought her down.

The film's greatest strength is Lindsay Duncan as Thatcher. Her performance is nothing short of excellent as she plays Thatcher as a politician at the height of power who fails to realize until it is too late that her day has gone. Duncan doesn't capture Thatcher's famous voice but she nevertheless gives an excellent performance throughout be it the tough woman fighting to get elected in the film's flashbacks or in the scenes towards the end of the film when she becomes painfully aware of what everyone around her has known throughout that her time has come and gone. Duncan is the life and soul of the film and you never forget it for a moment.

Backing Duncan is a fine supporting cast. They range from Ian McDiarmid as Denis Thatcher, James Fox as Charles Powell, Rupert Vansittart as Peter Morrison, Margaret as Cranley Onslow, Michael Cochrane as Alan Clark, John Sessions as Geoffrey Howe and Michael Maloney as future Prime Minister John Major. Together they form the figures around Thatcher both trying to save and bring to an end to her.

The film's production values are as of high a quality as the cast. Of particular note is the cinematography of David Odd which gives the film a strong sense of reality by giving the viewer the sense of being a fly on the wall at times into a world of power and shadows, where Thatcher looks constantly into mirrors in an attempt to see what is going on in her own mind and it makes the viewer feel like an intruder almost into this world. David Roger's sets also go a long way to giving the film that sense of realism as well from the days of Thatcher's campaign to the House of Commons to 10 Downing Street itself. The result is a film that oddly gives the sense, despite being fiction, of a glimpse into the behind the scenes world of British politics in November 1990.

Last but not least of course is the script by Richard Cottan. At the beginning of the film, there is a disclaimer that reads: "Whilst this film is based on real public events, most of the dialogue and many of the scenes are the invention of the author." That is certainly the case, let there be no doubt. What Cottan does then is make the film into a portrait of Thatcher, "the iron lady", and how what made her the powerful politician she was brought her down. Thatcher is portrayed as someone who strove to change the Conservative Party of the mid to late 1970s, someone who wasn't taken seriously by those she sought to replace and yet falling victim to the very same thing fifteen years later. The most incredible thing is how she doesn't seem to realize it, clings to the belief until it brings her down. As a result, Cottan creates not a docudrama but a drama that uses an historical event and Thatcher in particular to tell a story as old as politics itself: the powerful leader who becomes so separated from reality it destroys them.

Margaret is an excellent film detailing the final days of Margaret Thatcher's time as UK Prime Minister. From the excellent performance of Lindsay Duncan as Thatcher through the supporting cast, production values and the script from writer Richard Cottan, the film is a fine piece of drama. It also stands as a warning to those who grasp at power as it teaches the oldest lesson of all: power doesn't last forever.

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