Meryl puts in Oscar-winning performance

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The Iron Lady, which is in cinemas this weekend, paints a sketchy portrait of our first female Prime Minister as she looks back over her life from the comfort of her lodgings at Chester Square in London’s swanky Belgravia.

Baroness Thatcher (Meryl Streep) juggles a busy social diary with the help of assistants and her daughter, Carol (Olivia Colman).

Comforted by the ghost of her late husband Denis (Jim Broadbent), Thatcher allows her mind to wander back to the 1984 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Conservative Party conference, the Falklands war and her downfall precipitated by a critical speech from Geoffrey Howe (Anthony Head) in front of appalled fellow cabinet ministers.

She fondly recalls the words of her shopkeeper father (Iain Glen) and holds her course when the whispering begins on the back benches.

The Iron Lady is dominated by Streep’s tour-de-force portrayal of Thatcher, which should earn her the Oscar by a landslide.

The film is showing at the Odeon Kettering today and tomorrow, at 12.45pm, 3.15pm, 5.45pm and 8.30pm.