BBC orders House of Commons series from Atlantic

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned a 4 x 60-minute series entitled Inside the Commons (working title) from London-based prodco Atlantic Productions.
May 23, 2014

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned a 4 x 60-minute series entitled Inside the Commons (working title) from London-based indie Atlantic Productions.

Directed by Michael Cockerell, the series promises exclusive coverage of rarely accessed parts of London’s House of Commons, and will explore the daily lives of the House’s occupants and showcase how the British Parliament operates.

Inside the Commons is set to air in early 2015, ahead of the UK’s general election in May.

“The series has access behind the closed doors of Westminster and permission to go places that the news cameras just do not see,” said Darren Kemp, commissioning editor for the BBC, in a statement. “This amazing access, coupled with Michael Cockerell’s unrivaled knowledge of politics and politicians, promises to make a landmark series which will bring a whole new perspective to the most important institution in the country.”

The Clerk of the House, Sir Robert Rogers, added: “The Commons Commission approved this unprecedented grant of access to the TV cameras on the recommendation of the House’s administration committee last year. The broadcaster’s stated aim is an ‘honest portrait’ of the House that informs, educates and entertains.”

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