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Bringing together three outstanding BBC productions, The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher provides a unique insight into the fascinating life of one of the most significant political figures in British history.The Long Walk to Finchley begins on the night Thatcher met her husband-to-be Denis. The film shows Margaret's steely determination to get selected to a "winnable" Tory seat in the fifties and imagines what might have gone on behind-the-scenes during her ten-year struggle to gain a seat in Parliament. The Falkland's Play portrays the backroom story of Thatcher's war. A play that was once deemed too controversial to produce provides a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher and her government faced one of biggest crises in foreign affairs. Finally, Margaret examines Thatcher's last days in power. The film paints a detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics. Showing at once her strengths and fatal flaws, the film ultimately reveals that the very aspects of her character that helped her secure power were also the ones that ensured her downfall.]]>
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*** "The Long Walk to Finchley" gives us a light-hearted take on young Margaret Roberts' determination to stand for a seat in the House of Commons. On the whole I enjoyed the film. Andrea Riseborough nails the voice to such an extent that her portrayal sometimes slips into parody. And, it seems that parody is what the writers may have had in mind. Sometimes, in fact, it seemed as if the story of the Tory politician had been scripted by the members of the opposing Labour party, because Maggie comes off as a shrill tartar, who uses any means--including marrying wealthy Dennis Thatcher--in order to be put through law school to better her chances of being selected as a candidate (The arrival of their twins seems like an inconvenience.). Samuel West as Ted Heath emerges as a superannuated Public School twit who would not be out of place at the Drones Club with Bertie Wooster; and Geoffrey Palmer, with a well-bread sneer, huffs and puffs as the incumbent candidate for Finchley, who is standing down at the next election, but not before he sinks to skullduggery to keep 'that harpy' out of office.
I would have preferred the writers and director to have played it straight, since the scenario deals with serious issues, such as the near impossibility of a woman in the 1950s being taken seriously as a politician.Read more ›