“There’s no such thing as society?”

A study of broadcasting and the public services under the three Thatcher governments, 1979-1992

This two-year research project (January 2008-January 2010) was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It investigated the ways in which UK television and radio reflected and mediated the changing political, economic and ideological climate during the period of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership, particularly in relation to broadcasting and the National Health Service.

The researchers were Patricia Holland, Hugh Chignell and Georgia Eglezou of Bournemouth University and Sherryl Wilson of UWE Bristol. They are part of the Southern Universities Broadcasting History Group. More information about the project is available at: