Given Thatcher's long decline, the BBC has had plenty of time to prepare, but the ongoing tumult over the coalition's brutal cuts to everything from the welfare state to the NHS makes this an especially delicate time to be addressing the enormous divisions opened up in British society during her 11-year reign. Such a substantial runnning time should give ample opportunity for the different sides of the debate to have their say and, whatever you think about her, there's no doubt that she changed Britain for ever.
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