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Margaret Thatcher: From MP to PM | Mrs Thatcher's journey from Finchley to Downing Street

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Margaret Thatcher is the longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century and has left a lasting legacy. This collection tracks her rise from backbench MP in 1959 to Prime Minister in 1979.

The programmes, news items and documents illustrate her image transformation from suburban housewife to strong leader on the global stage. The collection focuses on the significance of Thatcher becoming one of the most powerful women in the world during the 1970s.

Margaret Thatcher: From MP to PM Collection

A picture of Woodrow Wyatt from 1956.

Any Questions?

BROADCAST 1960
5 MINUTES

An early and witty performance by Margaret Thatcher on this political panel show.

Margaret Thatcher at her desk in 1970.

Panorama

Mrs Thatcher

BROADCAST 1970
19 MINUTES

The first profile of Margaret Thatcher as Minister for Education.

Margaret Thatcher in 1970.

Panorama

Free School Milk

BROADCAST 1971
22 MINUTES

Why Margaret Thatcher was dubbed 'Thatcher, Thatcher Milk Snatcher'.

Margaret Thatcher in a large hat.

The World This Weekend

Women in the Conservative Party

BROADCAST 1971
6 MINUTES

Nice hats - the truth behind the 'Tory lady' stereotype.

Margaret Thatcher receiving a caricature of herself in 1977.

Analysis

BROADCAST 1971
5 MINUTES

How important are cosmetics to women in public life?

Margaret Thatcher recording 'Woman's Hour' in 1976.

Women in Politics

BROADCAST 1972
43 MINUTES

An exploration of the experiences of women in domestic politics.

Margaret Thatcher talking to children.

Val Meets the VIPs

Rt Hon Mrs Margaret Thatcher

BROADCAST 1973
24 MINUTES

School children interrogate Margaret Thatcher.

Margaret Thatcher being interviewed in 1977.

Talking Politics

BROADCAST 1974
29 MINUTES

Anthony King talks politics, history and poetry with Margaret Thatcher.

Margaret Thatcher talking to Edward Heath.

News

Tory Leadership Vote

BROADCAST 1975
2 MINUTES

'Do you think the country is ready for a woman Prime Minister?'

Margaret Thatcher electioneering in 1975.

Panorama

Tory Leadership Contest

BROADCAST 1975
49 MINUTES

The battle for leadership intensifies as the party prepares for a second ballot.

Margaret Thatcher with Jimmy Young in 1975.

The Jimmy Young Show

BROADCAST 1975
58 MINUTES

Margaret Thatcher's first interview after becoming Conservative Party leader.

Margaret Thatcher receiving a cake in the shape of the key to 10 Downing Street in 1978.

Panorama

The Alternative Prime Minister

BROADCAST 1977
50 MINUTES

Margaret Thatcher outlines her policies for running the country.

Margaret Thatcher being interviewed on the election trail in 1979.

News

Thatcher Begins Conservative Party Campaign

BROADCAST 1979
45 SECONDS

The launch of the Conservative manifesto for the 1979 general election.

Margaret Thatcher campaigning in 1979.

News

Election

BROADCAST 1979
16 MINUTES

Who will win? The eve of the general election in 1979.

Margaret Thatcher on election day 1979.

General Election '79

Results: Thatcher Wins Seat

BROADCAST 1979
5 MINUTES

The results come in from Margaret Thatcher's Finchley constituency.

Robin Day.

General Election '79

Results: Official Announcement of Win

BROADCAST 1979
11 MINUTES

Margaret Thatcher has an overall majority in Parliament.

Margaret Thatcher outside 10 Downing Street in 1979.

News

Thatcher Arrives at Downing Street

BROADCAST 1979
6 MINUTES

'Where there is discord, may we bring harmony': Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister.

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