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Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)

TV-14 | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 12 June 2008
In the 1950s, Margaret Thatcher works as a research chemist, begins her attempts to be selected for Parliament and meets her future husband Denis Thatcher.

Director:

Niall MacCormick

Writer:

Tony Saint
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Stars: Anna Madeley, JJ Feild, Jim Carter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Riseborough ... Margaret Thatcher
Philip Jackson ... Alfred Roberts
Michael Gould Michael Gould ... John Miller
Jonathan Aris ... Stanley Soward
Rory Kinnear ... Denis Thatcher
Samuel West ... Ted Heath
Lydia Leonard ... Joyce
Marcia Warren 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 Geoffrey McGivern ... Dartford Returning Officer / TV & Radio Announcer (as Geoff McGivern)
James Laurenson ... Leslie Thomas
Claire Vousden ... Nanny
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In a post-war election Margaret Roberts, University educated daughter of shop-keeper Alf from Grantham, is determined to get herself elected as a prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Consevative party but without any success. Although her friend Patricia wins a seat,the notion of a woman candidate is frowned upon by Old Guard members like Sir John Sowdon and she gets no support from fellow hopeful - who does get elected - Ted Heath. But she is tenacious and committed and, loyally backed by her business-man husband Dennis finally wins that coveted seat in parliament a decade on. She has successfully completed that long walk to Finchley. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2008 (UK) See more »

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Margaret Thatcher - Lungul drum pâna la Finchley See more »

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References are made to future events in the children's lives: Mark getting lost in the desert during the 1982 Dakar rally; Carol's jungle appearance in the television show "I'm A Celebrity...". See more »

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Margaret's voice-over when Edward Heath reads her letter of condolence does not match the text of the letter shown. See more »

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Sir John Crowder: She's a grocer's daughter, for Christ's sake!
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The opening titles were typed on an ancient manual typewriter. See more »

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Sacredness and Humour
28 October 2015 | by j-penkairSee all my reviews

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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