Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words
  • Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words

  • In interviews ranging from 1975 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher talks about being a woman in politics; managing men and women; her response to the media attacks she received in the early days of her career, and the importance of wearing the right clothes. She also recalls her memories of home, including working in her father's grocery shop; the radio and TV programmes she enjoyed (including The Two Ronnies) and following sports like cricket and tennis.

    Also mentioned are her first meeting with her future husband Denis; her worries about her son Mark when he went missing in the Sahara desert; her interest in science, and her love of porcelain and sculpture. Lastly, she discusses her stamina and her worst moment as Prime Minister (during the Falklands War).

    Interviews include: Jimmy Young, BBC Radio 2 (first broadcast 19 February 1975); Pete Murray's Late Show, BBC Radio 2 (first broadcast 7 March 1982); Radio interview for Central Office of Information, BBC Radio (first broadcast 13 December 1985); Favourite Things, BBC One (26 July 1987); Wogan, BBC One (first broadcast 12 January 1990); Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast 17 May 1990).

    Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.

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Margaret Thatcher was Britain's longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century and the only woman to have reached that position of power. Her policies and ideology were extremely influential, and have come to be known as 'Thatcherism'. First elected PM in May 1979, she oversaw several momentous historical events, including the Falkland War and the miner's strike, and served three terms before resigning after Michael Heseltine's leadership challenge in November 1990. Margaret Thatcher was given a life peerage in 1992. Following her retirement, she wrote three books: two volumes of autobiography, The Downing Street Years (1993) and The Path to Power (1995) and a book on politics and international relations, Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002). She died in April 2013, aged 87.

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