The script used in this movie is an amended and abridged version of the original script. It removed all of the material involving the Junta and the Pope.
Michael Cochrane (Nicholas Ridley) appeared in two other BBC political dramas focussing on Prime Minister Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP: Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) and Margaret (2009).
Author Ian Curteis complained in the 1980s that the BBC had refused to turn his script into a television play because it was pro-Thatcher. His script was published at the time, but it wasn't until 2002 that it was, with some changes, filmed.