Thatcher ‘murder’ is BBC’s ‘Book at Bedtime’

The BBC provoked fury last night over its plans to broadcast a ‘sick’ story imagining the assassination of Margaret Thatcher.

The fantasy, by bestselling author Hilary Mantel, was condemned as ‘perverted’ and ‘distasteful’ when it was published in September.

Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Radio 4 has selected the story for its prestigious Book At Bedtime slot – sparking a furious backlash.

Supporters of the former Prime Minister accused the broadcaster of being deliberately provocative with a move that will stoke accusations of BBC bias against the Tories. ‘It is a sick book from a sick mind and it’s being promoted by a sick broadcasting corporation,’ former Cabinet Minister Lord Tebbit said…