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Lifting the Lid

Inside the Commons Episode 1 of 4

Michael Cockerell presents the first in a four-part series with unparalleled access to the House of Commons, filmed over the course of a year.

We follow two relatively new female MPs - Charlotte Leslie and Sarah Champion - learning the ways of the House. We hear from those at the top of political tree including David Cameron and Ed Miliband, who reveal what happens at prime minister's questions, and we also see behind the scenes on budget day. We meet a maintenance team abseiling down the face of Big Ben and the gospel-singing tea lady Gladys who works in the members' tea room. We also follow the Commons' most powerful official, the clerk of the house Sir Robert Rogers, whose job is to keep the whole show on the road.

This series takes an unprecedented look at the heart of British democracy in the run up to the 2015 general election.

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1 hour

Last on

Sat 1 Oct 2016 18:10
BBC Two except Scotland

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Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Cockerell
Series ProducerEmma Whitlock
Executive ProducerAnthony Geffen
ParticipantSarah Champion
ParticipantCharlotte Leslie
ParticipantRobin Fell
ParticipantRobert Rogers
ParticipantDavid Cameron
ParticipantEd Miliband
ParticipantAndrew Percy
ParticipantPaul Roberson
ParticipantIan Westworth
ParticipantPeter Wosahlo
ParticipantNicholas Soames
ParticipantCharles Kennedy
ParticipantSteve Rotheram
ParticipantDavid Blunkett
ParticipantJacob Rees-Mogg
ParticipantLindsay Hoyle
ParticipantMichael Fabricant
ParticipantTom Harris
ParticipantGladys Dickson

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