To mark the fortieth anniversary of the first female British Prime Minister next year, BBC Two has given the green-light to a five episode documentary series about the iron lady herself, Margaret Thatcher.
Tentatively titled Thatcher, the series will tell the defining story of Margaret Thatcher and of the era when she dominated the political and social landscape. It will feature the perspectives of those who were closest to her, including politicians, friends, adversaries and some of the defining faces of the time.
Their testimony will combine to build a multi-layered perspective, both of Thatcher herself and of a nation undergoing epoch defining social and cultural change. Thatcher was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual Tom McDonald. BBC Studios’ The Documentary Unit are producing. The Commissioning Editor is Simon Young.
“Margaret Thatcher defined her age like no other leader since the war. This series promises to be not just the story of her extraordinary political journey, but also an exploration of the age that produced so much of the world we live in today”, said BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland. “I am thrilled we will be bringing this most compelling, and divisive, of histories to BBC Two.”
While Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of BBC Studios’ The Documentary Unit, added: “Whether we love it or hate it we all live in a world created by Margaret Thatcher. This new BBC Two series will explore how the ideology that she espoused and embodied came to be the defining narrative of the last 40 years and will take a forensic look at her impact and legacy on all corners and all aspects of British life”.