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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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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 »

Also Known As:

Margaret Thatcher - Lungul drum pâna la Finchley See more »

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Trivia

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Goofs

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

Quotes

Sir John Crowder: [to Edward Heath] You'll rue the day you ever helped that woman. If she ever gets into the House, she'll never stop, you know that?
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The opening titles were typed on an ancient manual typewriter. See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.77 (2012) See more »

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the Iron Lady's start in politics played for fun
1 March 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'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.


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