Thatcher and the IRA: Deal­ing with Ter­ror, BBC1, Thurs­day 9pm

This BBC doc­u­men­tary will ex­am­ine for­mer Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher’s deal­ings with the IRA which in­cludes the hunger strikes dur­ing the early 1980s. A strong op­po­nent of the Repub­li­can or­gan­i­sa­tion she al­ways spoke out strongly against them and was her­self the tar­get of one of their most in­fa­mous at­tacks when they bombed the Brighton ho­tel in which she was stay­ing dur­ing a Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence, killing a num­ber of people, yet it was the Iron Lady her­self who started ne­go­ti­a­tions with them in se­cret.

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