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Lifting the Lid

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Four-part documentary series about the House of Commons. Presented by Michael Cockerell, this series takes an unprecedented look at the heart of British democracy.

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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Sat 1 Oct 2016 18:10

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Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Cockerell
Series Producer Emma Whitlock
Executive Producer Anthony Geffen
Participant Sarah Champion
Participant Charlotte Leslie
Participant Robin Fell
Participant Robert Rogers
Participant David Cameron
Participant Ed Miliband
Participant Andrew Percy
Participant Paul Roberson
Participant Ian Westworth
Participant Peter Wosahlo
Participant Nicholas Soames
Participant Charles Kennedy
Participant Steve Rotheram
Participant David Blunkett
Participant Jacob Rees-Mogg
Participant Lindsay Hoyle
Participant Michael Fabricant
Participant Tom Harris
Participant Gladys Dickson


  • Tue 3 Feb 2015 21:00
  • Tue 3 Feb 2015 23:50
  • Wed 4 Feb 2015 23:20
  • Sat 7 Feb 2015 21:05
  • Tue 24 Feb 2015 00:20
  • Tue 24 Feb 2015 00:50
  • Sat 1 Oct 2016 17:10
  • Sat 1 Oct 2016 18:10

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