Daily Bite February 2011

By Nicola Harvey

This month in the Daily Bite we consider whether Merly Streep can ever really play a dowdy woman?

11.02.16: TAKE THAT!

After 17 No 1 hits, pop world domination, an acrimonious split and dewy-eyed reunion, the phenomenally successful boy-turned-manband Take That were finally crowned best British group at the Brit awards, 21 years after their first performance on the cheesy late-night TV show The Hitman & Her.


British male solo artist: Plan B

British female solo artist: Laura Marling

British breakthrough act: Tinie Tempah

British group: Take That

British single: Pass Out by Tinie Tempah

MasterCard British album of the year: Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons

International male solo artist: Cee Lo Green

International female solo artist: Rihanna

International breakthrough act: Justin Bieber

International group: Arcade Fire

International album: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

Critics’ Choice: Jessie J


The first still of The Iron Lady has been released and Streep has made a stellar effort to transform into Margaret Thatcher’s doppleganger.  Working once more with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd the film tells the tale of, “a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.” Or in clearer terms, the movie looks at Thatcher’s life and her reaction to the Falklands War in 1982.

“The prospect of exploring the swathe cut through history by this remarkable woman is a daunting and exciting challenge,” Streep said.  “I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervor and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses — I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own!”

Rounding out the cast are Jim Broadbent as husband Denis Thatcher, and Richard E Grant playing fellow Conservative politician Michael Heseltine.


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