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.
The Wine Tasting Shop
This Balham wine bar and shop focuses on smaller producers, with more than 400 bottles available in store and more than 20 wines by the glass. Customers can either take a bottle away with them or they can drink in for a flat fee. Keep an eye out for wine tastings and other special events – including live music. There's food too, with cheese platters, charcuterie boards, seafood plates, Catalan almonds, goose rillettes and hare and Armagnac terrine some of the options available.
Venue says: “We have live blues music on Friday and Saturday nights. Pick from 20 wines by the glass and cheese and charcuterie platters to share.”