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Before the Iron Lady

The Iron Lady is just the latest attempt to present a dramatised version of Margaret Thatcher to contemporary audiences.

In 2009 the BBC broadcast Margaret, a drama which treads much of the same ground as the new movie.  At the time, I put that film into context, seeing it as part of a wave of fictions that were looking at the girl from Grantham in more sympathetic light than hitherto.

The contemporary political implications of this trend, of which The Iron Lady is certainly part, are moot. What is clear, however, is that for many of those who watch such dramas – especially those for whom the former Conservative Prime Minister is a dim memory, if that – the fictional Thatcher will seem more authentic than the real one.

Steven Fielding

Published inArt, Fiction & PoliticsBritish Politics

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