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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)

Tina Simmons ... Anne Heseltine (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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113 min

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Philip Jackson (Bernard Ingram) and Michael Cochrane (Alan Clark) both appeared in an earlier BBC political drama entitled Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) (TV), to which this production is an indirect sequel. They played Alf Roberts, the father of the title character, and Sir Waldron Smithers respectively.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 »
Margaret Thatcher:I WILL change the soul of Britain!See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
the last days in power of the Iron Lady, 1 March 2009
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This dramatisation of the events leading up to Margaret Thatcher's fall from power in November 1990, including a few jumps back in time to 1975 when she beat Ted Heath to the Tory leadership, benefits from a good and controlled central performance by Lindsay Duncan, plus entertaining caricatures of other leading politicians of the time (John Sessions as Geoffrey Howe, Roy Marsden as Norman Tebbit, Oliver Cotton as Michael Heseltine, Roger Allam as John Wakeham, Robert Hardy as Willie Whitelaw, Michael Maloney as John Major, etc., plus Rosemary Leach as The Queen), but is ultimately too detached to present real interest or engagement with its subject.

In newspaper reviews the drama was reviled for presenting Mrs Thatcher in too sympathetic a light, but I think even here it fails - she shuts out her children, only thinks of herself - especially in one staggering speech showing her hungry for power and 'damn the party' - and has an awkward relationship with her long-suffering husband Denis (Ian MacDiarmid). This is not the portrayal of a woman who we can recognise or empathise with. In fact she is presented as a self-made monster who believes her own publicity and can't face up to reality.

Whether all this bears any resemblance to the truth is a moot point. 'Margaret' is worth watching, but does not pass as entertainment, or as anything other than a snapshot of its time, relevant only when events presented remain in living memory.

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