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Inside The Commons

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This major four-part series from inside the House Of Commons gives viewers unparalleled access to places where cameras are normally forbidden.

  • Updated Friday 30th September 2016
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Benches inside the House of Commons Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC In this series, award-winning reporter Michael Cockerell travels deep inside the corridors of the Palace of Westminster revealing what really went on behind the scenes in the run up to the 2015 General Elections.

The cameras follow ministers and MPs as they seek to navigate the machinery of the House. We will also be introduced to the people who keep the Commons working from the keeper of Big Ben to the gospel-singing tea lady of the Members’ Tea Room.

Visit the BBC pages to find out even more and discover how to watch on iPlayer. See below for an episode guide and clips from each episode.

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Reinventing The House

Speaker John Bercow runs into trouble with his own plans for reforming it. Wealthy Tory backbencher Zac Goldsmith tries to give voters the power to sack their MPs - and the establishment tries to stop him.

Plus the ongoing struggle to conserve the Victorian mock-gothic palace and anticipate the challenges of carrying out a multi-billion pound programme of restoration work whilst the House is sitting. David Purdue of the events and banqueting team is part of a new initiative to raise money for the upkeep of the House by hosting fashion shows and film premieres inside the House.

At the end of a remarkable year, conflict continues between those who celebrate the Commons' historic traditions and those who believe it needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, as MPs gear up for the general election. Many face the prospect of losing their jobs. The ever-changing House of Commons will soon have a new intake of MPs, and new challenges to face.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Lifting The Lid Michael Cockerell presents the first in a four-part series with unparalleled access to the House of Commons, filmed... Read more
Upstairs, Downstairs In the second episode of this major four-part series, presenter Michael Cockerell explores the upstairs-downstairs... Read more
Party Games In the third episode of this major four-part series, presenter Michael Cockerell sees how the traditional three-party... Read more
Reinventing The House In the final part of this major four-part series, battles break out over the future of the House. Read more