Mrs Thatcher goes West
Margaret Thatcher's final days as prime minister, in the autumn of 1990, have often seemed to me like the stuff of the best political television drama.
Finally, the story of Britain's longest-serving prime minister's political assassination by cabinet colleagues amid plots and counter-plots, stalking horses and "treachery with a smile on its face" has made the small screen in the shape of "Margaret".
Hot on the heels of the BBC's dramatisation of Mrs Thatcher's early years as MP for Finchley and a fine online collection of Thatcher-related material from the BBC's archives, several bloggers have been all a flutter over the BBC's new-found love for Mrs Thatcher.
Panorama itself, of course, has long been fascinated with the former Member for Finchley. September 1975 saw David Dimbleby follow on her first tour of the United States since she was elected leader of the Conservative party. You can watch an abridged version here:
The film showed for perhaps the first time on television Mrs Thatcher's new statement of Conservative philosophy in such detail - allowing the tallest poppies in society to grow taller as she put it, cutting government expenditure and incentivising the poor to work harder.
This was a philosophy from which she was never really to waver throughout her time in office - the 30th anniversary of which falls later this year. Ultimately, a philosophy which was to shape the modern face of Britain.