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Meryl Streep has rightly garnered every plaudit going for her role in the Oscar-winning ‘The Iron Lady.’

I finally got chance to see it last night, and like everyone who has I enjoyed her extraordinary performance¬† – even if the film itself didn’t quite live up to the standards set by her acting.

It’s always interesting to see how the big or small screen tackles a period in history that you have lived through, and have a perspective on.

During Mrs.Thatcher’s period as Prime Minister, I was living and working in South Yorkshire and then Lancashire.

So I have vivid memories of the impact her policies had on those communities and on British industry, notably steel and coal.

Also, the Falklands War, which reaches its 30th anniversary in the next few weeks and which claimed HMS Sheffield and members of its crew.

A group of us worked through the night to bring readers of the Sheffield ‘Star’ a special edition about the ship’s loss.

Films which have contemporary events at their heart usually fall back on pop and rock music to supply a ‘soundtrack’ – records that take us back to a time and place.

So it was a pleasant surprise to hear an original soundtrack, composed for ‘The Iron Lady’ by Thomas Newman.

Like all good music, it stands in its own right – so if you’ve got a spare 15 minutes over the weekend, click on the You’Tube ‘suite’ link below.

Newman is reportedly working on the next James Bond film ‘Skyfall,’ which will be a different challenge altogether.

The Iron Lady – official trailer

The Iron Lady – music extracts from soundtrack

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