BBC4 has commissioned Great Meadow Productions to make a 90-minute film called Margaret Thatcher - The Long Walk to Finchley.
BBC4 has commissioned Great Meadow Productions to make a 90-minute film called Margaret Thatcher - The Long Walk to Finchley.

The light-hearted docu-drama, commissioned by BBC controller Jane Tranter, will focus on the Iron Lady's early career and investigate her steely determination to get selected for a winnable Tory seat in the 1950s.

The script was written by Tony Saint, who imagines what might have gone on behind the scenes during her 10-year struggle as she was rejected by five home counties Tory selection committees.

Thatcher was then selected, against considerable local opposition, to be MP for Finchley.

The cast includes Andrea Riseborough ( Party Animals) as Thatcher; Rory Kinnear ( Mansfield Park) as husband Denis; and Geoffrey Palmer ( As Time Goes By) as her predecessor as MP for Finchley, Sir John Crowder. Samuel West ( Cambridge Spies) appears as fellow future prime minister Ted Heath.

The film's director is Niall MacCormick and the producer is Madonna Baptiste. The executive producers are Robert Cooper and Kate Triggs for Great Meadow Productions and Bethan Jones for the BBC. Filming begins in London in August.