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House of Lords to feature in three-part BBC peer show

Published 11/03/2016

The House of Lords will feature in a new documentary
The House of Lords will feature in a new documentary

Documentary makers have been granted "unprecedented access" to the House of Lords for a new three-part BBC series.

The programme will take viewers inside the Palace of Westminster and follows a group of peers over the course of a year, as well as meeting officials, clerks and doorkeepers working at the institution.

The House of Lords has become increasingly controversial in recent years, with a review in December calling for it to be stripped of the power to veto new regulations.

The review by Tory grandee Lord Strathclyde came after Labour and Liberal Democrat peers infuriated ministers in October by combining to block Chancellor George Osborne's plans to cut tax credits for the low paid.

Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza said: "The House of Lords is often misunderstood because there are few opportunities for the public to find out about its role and work.

"Consequently, I am delighted that this BBC documentary series will provide its audience with the opportunity to see the important work that is done by the House and its members on their behalf.

"Given the ongoing, passionate debate about the size of the House, its composition and its relationship with the House of Commons, this documentary is very timely."

The Lords, made by Top Hat Productions, will be shown on BBC Two later this year.

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