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Thatcher: The Downing Street Years [VHS] [1993]

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  • Actors: Margaret Thatcher, Philip Tibenham, Emma Nicholson, Peter Carrington, Cynthia Crawford
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • VHS Release Date: 1 April 1994
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008T5D9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,944 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A four hour double video of the T.V.series. The former P.M. talks frankly about her reign at the top of the Conservative Party. The documentary reveals something of her bitterness about those she trusted and surrounded herself with toppling her from power. Her cabinet's betrayal was described as 'treachery with a smile on its face'.


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Very occasionally, a documentary has a narrative and dramatic tension that is generally only associated with a good novel. Thatcher - The Downing Street Years is one of those gems.
It has been about 9 years since I watched this, and I dearly want to see it again. By using well structured interviews, the producers build the story from the early beginnings of Prime Minister Thatcher's term in office, through to the intrigues and political miscalculations that ultimately led to her downfall.
I remember feeling the impending doom of the last episode, not wanting the story to end, but knowing the inevitable sequence of historical events.
Not only was the narrative and drama absolutely compelling, despite the limitations of a series of talking heads, the visuals were as rich as story.
With Ronald Reagan now gone, only Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher remain as the triumvirate who defined the 1980s. It is saddening to reflect on Margaret Thatcher's ailing health.
Please Please Please release this exceptional documentary on DVD, and if you ever have an opportunity to see it, I can guarantee, if my memory of 9 years ago holds true, that it will not disappoint.
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Thiss BBC series is a fantastic documentary relating to when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. It is in four parts and covers every important event in her Premiership. It has interviews with a whole range of former Cabinet Ministers and is a very imformative series.
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This is a British doco at its best.....all the more interesting because the main characters in it are able to give their version of what happened and from their point of view...and as it was made not long after the fall of Mrs T it gives it a very authentic ring. Have watched it again and again and always find it fascinating...especially the personalities...and how hubris was eventually her undoing. Would give it a hundred stars if I could!!
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This was recently re-shown on TV over four weeks. Unfortunately i could not record all episodes. Would be VERY much appreciated in DVD format. I can't understand it. Almost everything is released by the beeb in DVD, why not this documentary series. Very useful for British studies programme at universities.
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My own views of Margaret Thatcher aren't important, but I feel that I must say before I begin this review that I would never have voted for her a million years. However, she was a political giant, and with a keen interest in politics, I have always been fascinated by her time as Prime Minister. I didn't like the woman, nor most of her policies, but she was a remarkable lady, and a strong leader with equally strong convictions who stood up for what she believed in.

This brilliant four part BBC documentary is, in my eyes, the best programme available if you wish to find out the truth about Thatcher and her rule as Britain's first female Prime Minister from 1979-1990. Each episode has a theme, and charts the story from the beginning of Thatcher's first term, right up to to her the departure from no.10, which saw the so-called 'Iron Lady' even shed a tear (I wonder if she ever felt the same for the millions of other people who lost their jobs under her watch?).

This programme has something that is sadly lacking in more recent documentaries (even those before Thatcher's death), and that is an interview with the woman herself. Thatcher speaks candidly, and towards the end whilst recalling her final days in office (in a truly gripping piece of television), she is clearly still very angry, and looks almost unhinged when talking about her cabinet who, one and one, told her that she was not going to be given a fourth term in office.

With contributions from many key players like her personal assistant Cynthia Crawford, Foreign Secretary Jeffery Howe, Chancellor of the Exchequer Cecil Parkinson and one time Chairman of the Conservative Party Norman Tebbit, their unique memories and contributions form a very complete overview of the Downing Street Years.
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