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Meryl Streep on playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 12 December 2011

With Kirsty Lang.

Meryl Streep is hotly tipped for Oscar success for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming film The Iron Lady. She discusses how she mastered Thatcher's famous voice, why she decided to donate her fee for the film to charity and how she feels about her daughters following her into the acting profession.

Director Shane Meadows continues the story of a group of young skinheads who first appeared in his film This is England, set in 1983. This is England 88 is the second in a series of television sequels, and stars Vicky McClure as Lol, now struggling to cope with life as a single mother. Dreda Say Mitchell reviews.

Reviewers Georgia Coleridge and Damian Kelleher offer their pick of the year's children's books, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction.

Producer Nicki Paxman.

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  • Children's Books

  • Georgia Coleridge’s Recommendations

    The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books)

    Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes by Lauren Child (Harper Collins)

    Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)

  • Damian Kelleher’s Recommendations

    Sticky Ends by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (Andersen)

    One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson (Marion Lloyd Books)

    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay (Walker books)

    VIII by H M Castor (Templar)

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