Thatcher to Get the Big Screen Treatment


Pathe, one of the financiers of The Queen, has teamed with BBC Films to develop a script about ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher, focusing on the 17 days before the Falklands War in 1982.

Brian Fillis will write the script. He made his screenwriting debut last year with BBC TV biopic “Fear of Fanny,” about TV cook Fanny Craddock.

Producer of the Thatcher project is Damian Jones (The History Boys), who devised the concept with Fillis.

Thatcher was deeply unpopular after her first couple of years as British prime minister, but her fortunes were transformed by the Argentine invasion of the Falklands, a British territory, and her bold decision to send a task force to the South Atlantic to recapture the islands.