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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 overview, first billed only:
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 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
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

In the opening titles, the play was subtitled "How Margaret might have done it". See more »

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: Over my dead body will I be succeeded by a bloody woman.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles were typed on an ancient manual typewriter. See more »

Connections

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

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Superb political film.
27 October 2008 | by rps-2See all my reviews

I loathed Margaret Thatcher. I loved this film. It's perhaps the best political movie I've ever seen, certainly far far ahead of even the best American political films. It's an interesting approach to document Thatcher's early years rather than her later fame as prime minister. Yet the future leader is strongly evident in Andrea Riseborough's brilliant interpretation of Thatcher as an iron willed flirt. No small feat to transpose the well known Thatcher haughty expression, purposeful gait and swinging handbag to the younger and sexier woman of an earlier era. Rory Kinnear has captured Dennis Thatcher's bumbling anonymity perfectly. And Geoffrey Palmer... The wonderful and versatile Geoffrey Palmer... His curmudgeonly establishment Tory character is priceless. I stumbled on this film on TV Ontario. Rather than watch it, because I was tired, I recorded it. I'm glad I did because the DVD now has a place of honour among my "keepers."


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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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