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Meet The Lords

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions.

  • Updated Thursday 30th March 2017
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House of Lords chamber Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC In a TV first, Meet The Lords takes viewers behind the scenes at the House of Lords, with exclusive access and unique insights into what was a turbulent year for the peers, as they battled it out with the Government over dramatic changes to the political landscape.

Over the course of a year, the series follows some of the larger-than-life characters who inhabit the House of Lords, one of Britain’s oldest, most idiosyncratic and important institutions. For the first time, free-roaming cameras have been allowed to film inside the Lords Chamber and in its committees to capture moments that matter to the UK, but usually go unseen.

It is a period that covers the nation splitting over Brexit; a rapidly-changing Parliament and where a Conservative government is for the first time having to tackle a Lords chamber where the opposition outnumber them.

How to watch the series

Meet The Lords starts on Monday 27 February at 9pm on BBC Two. For more information, see the episode guide further down this page or visit the BBC's series pages.

Brexit and Exit

Brexit hits the Lords with a bang when they vote on leaving Europe and become the centre of the nation's attention. They also have their biggest ceremonial day of the year when the Queen pays her annual visit. Lords turn out in massive numbers to have their say on the most important issue in decades and decide whether to rebel on Brexit or not. And on Queen's Speech day, there are ermine gowns to put on and ancient traditions to follow, but Her Majesty's impending arrival isn't exciting Lord Foulkes, who feels it is an irritating distraction.

The House's Victorian sewage system is on its last legs and not equipped to deal with so many Lords. To fix the many structural problems an inquiry is considering a dramatic move for the five or so years the work will take. Some Lords have radical overhaul plans of their own and want the size of the House cut. And Baroness D'Souza is worrying about peers who claim their expenses without contributing and has some new research.

Over the course of a year, Meet the Lords, the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary, follows some of the larger than life characters that inhabit the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and important institutions

For the first time, free-roaming cameras have been allowed to film inside the Lords Chamber and in its committees to capture moments that matter to the UK, but usually go unseen.

Featuring new people's peers, hereditaries and political grandees as they try to change or influence legislation, it follows their personal passions and clashes with the government, all in a gothic palace where centuries-old ceremony and tradition still dominate proceedings.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Joining the Club An introduction to the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords. Read more
Rebel Lords The government threatens to trim the Lords' powers if they rebel, but will they comply? Read more
Brexit and Exit Brexit hits the Lords with a bang when they vote on leaving Europe. Read more

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