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The Secret World of Whitehall

Episode 2: Behind the Black Door

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Michael Cockerell reveals what life has really been like over the years in 10 Downing Street. Insiders talk candidly about the battles and tragicomic events. Show more

The Great Offices of State

Episode 1: The Dark Department

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Michael Cockerell uncovers the secret world of the Home Office, blending new footage with rare archive and interviews with present and past home secretaries. Show more

Contributors

Director:
James Giles
Executive Producer:
Martin Wilson

The Secret World of Whitehall

Episode 3: The Network

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Michael Cockerell reveals what really happens in the hidden power houses of Whitehall - the cabinet minister's private office, where advisers battle with civil servants. Show more

The Secret World of Whitehall

Episode 1: The Real Sir Humphrey

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series by Michael Cockerell starts with the role played over the years by the most powerful unelected member of the government, the Cabinet Secretary. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

With Britain's first-ever political leaders' television debate imminent, Michael Cockerell hears from US Presidents and their advisers about what it is like to take part. Show more

Inside the Commons

Episode 1: Lifting the Lid

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Four-part documentary series about the House of Commons. Presented by Michael Cockerell, this series takes an unprecedented look at the heart of British democracy. Show more

Contributors

Series Producer:
Emma Whitlock
Executive Producer:
Anthony Geffen
Participant:
Sarah Champion
Participant:
Charlotte Leslie
Participant:
Robin Fell
Participant:
Robert Rogers
Participant:
David Cameron
Participant:
Ed Miliband
Participant:
Andrew Percy
Participant:
Paul Roberson
Participant:
Ian Westworth
Participant:
Peter Wosahlo
Participant:
Nicholas Soames
Participant:
Charles Kennedy
Participant:
Steve Rotheram
Participant:
David Blunkett
Participant:
Jacob Rees-Mogg
Participant:
Lindsay Hoyle
Participant:
Michael Fabricant
Participant:
Tom Harris
Participant:
Gladys Dickson

Inside the Commons

Episode 2: Upstairs, Downstairs

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Political documentary series. Michael Cockerell examines what goes on backstage at the state opening, when the Queen comes to open the parliamentary year. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Anthony Geffen
Series Producer:
Emma Whitlock
Producer:
Jack MacInnes
Director:
Jack MacInnes
Participant:
Robert Halfon
Participant:
Thomas Docherty
Participant:
Kate Emms
Participant:
Lawrence Ward
Participant:
Robin Fell
Participant:
Andrew George
Participant:
John Dowzell
Participant:
Peter Wosahlo
Participant:
Jacob Rees-Mogg
Participant:
Steve Rotheram
Participant:
Peter Bone
Participant:
Andrew Percy
Participant:
Angela Eagle
Participant:
William Hague
Participant:
Dennis Skinner
Participant:
David Blunkett
Participant:
Nicholas Soames

Daily Politics

14/04/2016

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Jo Coburn is joined by political filmmaker Michael Cockerell. Plus Alan Johnson and Graham Stringer are in to discuss Jeremy Corbyn's speech on remaining in the EU. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Participant:
Michael Cockerell
Participant:
Alan Johnson
Participant:
Graham Stringer

The Great Offices of State

Episode 3: The Secret Treasury

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Michael Cockerell uncovers the secret world of the Treasury, recounting battles Chancellors have had with their top officials and the conflicts with Number 10. Show more

Contributors

Director:
James Giles
Executive Producer:
Martin Wilson

Politics Live

16/10/2018

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Jo Coburn is joined by Andrea Jenkyns MP, Irish senator Neale Richmond, Lisa Nandy MP and Michael Cockerell to look at the calls for John Bercow to quit. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Interviewed Guest:
Andrea Jenkyns
Interviewed Guest:
Neale Richmond
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Nandy
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Cockerell

Last Word

Michael Nicholson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lord Prior, Rabbi Lionel Blue, Pauline Oliveros

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Julian Worricker on TV journalist Michael Nicholson, actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, politician James Prior, Rabbi Lionel Blue, composer Pauline Oliveros. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Neil George
Interviewed Guest:
Alastair Stewart
Interviewed Guest:
Max Hastings
Interviewed Guest:
Angie Errigo
Interviewed Guest:
David Prior
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Cockerell
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Neuberger
Interviewed Guest:
Louise Gray

Last Word

Lord Carrington, Karen Finch, Claude Lanzmann, Harlan Ellison

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Obituary series. Matthew Bannister on Tory politician Lord Carrington, textile conservator Karen Finch, film maker Claude Lanzmann, writer Harlan Ellison. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Michael Cockerell
Interviewed Guest:
Katrina Finch
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Sykas
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Lee
Producer:
Neil George

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Political journalist and film-maker Michael Cockerell's intimate portrait of Denis Healey, former chancellor of the exchequer, who died on 3 October 2015 aged 98. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Darren Kemp
Executive Producer:
Sam Bagnall
Producer:
Simon Lloyd
Production Manager:
Cara Goold

Inside the Commons

Episode 4: Reinventing the House

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Political documentary series. In the final episode, battles break out over the future of the House. Plus the ongoing struggle to conserve the palace. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Anthony Geffen
Series Producer:
Emma Whitlock
Producer:
Adam Grimley
Executive Producer:
Darren Kemp
Participant:
John Bercow
Participant:
Robert Rogers
Participant:
Tracey Jessup
Participant:
Robin Fell
Participant:
Michael Fabricant
Participant:
Ken Clarke
Participant:
Nicholas Soames
Participant:
Peter Tapsell
Participant:
Charlotte Leslie
Participant:
Zac Goldsmith
Participant:
John Thurso
Participant:
David Purdue
Participant:
David Natzler
Participant:
Jacob Rees-Mogg
Participant:
Angela Eagle
Participant:
Thomas Docherty
Participant:
Angus MacNeil
Participant:
Martin Horwood
Participant:
Ed Balls
Participant:
Ian Westworth
Participant:
Paul Roberson
Participant:
David Cameron
Participant:
Ed Miliband

Front Row

Hamlet - the opera, Novelist Laura Barnett with singer Kathryn Williams, Political docudramas, Blue plaques for music

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Brett Dean on Hamlet - the opera; Laura Barnett's novel about a songwriter - with songs by Karthryn Williams, the pleasures and pitfalls of dramas based on recent political events. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Brett Dean
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Barnett
Interviewed Guest:
Kathryn Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Cockerell
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Maitland
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Julian May

The Great Offices of State

Episode 2: Palace of Dreams

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Michael Cockerell uncovers the secret world of the Foreign Office, blending new footage with rare archive and interviews with present and past foreign secretaries. Show more

Contributors

Director:
James Giles
Executive Producer:
Martin Wilson

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Documentary. Using archive material and interviews, Michael Cockerell sheds new light on the tragi-comedy of the 1970s by focusing on some of its most controversial characters. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Darren Kemp