Inside The Commons

About Inside the Commons

Reporter Michael Cockerell presents this major new four-part documentary series which follows Ministers and MPs highs and lows as they seek to navigate the machinery of the House, to make laws and fight their constituents’ battles.

Traveling deep inside the corridors of the Palace of Westminster, this series reveals what really went on behind the scenes during the run-up to one of the most unpredictable general elections ever. Inside the Commons also introduces the nation to the people who keep the Commons working from the keeper of Big Ben, the Hawker responsible for keeping pigeons off the 19th-century stonework and the gospel-singing tea lady of the Members Tea Room. From crumbling stonework to leaky roofs, this series shows the challenges faced as staff strive to keep the country’s most iconic and historic building functioning as a modern parliament.


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Written and Presented by
Michael Cockerell

Executive Producer
Anthony Geffen

Tim Stirzaker

Executive Producer for BBC 
Darren Kemp

With thanks to
The House of Commons
Fergus Reid
Fiona Channon
Robin Fell
Ray Smith

Series Producer
Emma Whitlock

Lennaart Van Oldenborgh

Parliamentary Recording Unit

BBC Archive
ITN Source

Academic Consultant for The Open University
Dr Richard Heffernan

Specialist Photography
Robert Hollingworth
Leo Bund (Aerials)
Shahid Banglawala (Aerials)
Rupert Power

Michael Sunderland
Robbie Pettigrew
Philip Edkins

Production Accountant
Vincent Pretorius

Music Producer
Michael Waterhouse

Original Music
Adam Skinner
Daniel Skinner

Production Team
Mimi Gilligan
Claudia Perkins
Tom Neal
James Taylor

Rory Ford

Production Coordinator
Tim Kinsella

Assistant Producers
Catherine Stefanini
Barry Ronan

Director of Production
Ruth Sessions

Production Manager
Fay Thompson

Simon Berthon

Additional Director/Camera
Itamar Klasmer
Jack Macinnes
Tom Beard
John Holdsworth