In a TV first, Meet The Lords, premiering on Monday 27 February 2017 at 9.00pm on BBC-2, takes viewers behind the scenes at the House of Lords, with exclusive access and unique insights into 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.
Featuring new people’s peers, hereditaries and political grandees, as they try to change or influence legislation, we follow their personal passions and clashes with the Government, all in a gothic palace where centuries-old ceremony and tradition still dominate proceedings.
It is a year where the nation split over Brexit; a rapidly-changing Parliament and a Conservative government is for the first time having to tackle a Lords chamber where the opposition outnumber them.
With more than 800 peers it is now the biggest parliamentary body in the world outside of China, and most of the Lords are over 70. Many argue there is a desperate need to reform – but will they manage the task?
It is not just the peers who may be in need of modernisation. The grandiose Palace of Westminster is now in desperate need of repair. We follow the decision as to what is to be done with the one of Britain’s most iconic buildings and whether all of the Lords will have to move out for a number of years to allow the repairs.
Produced in partnership with The Open University.
Meet The Lords Episode 1 (of 3) airs Monday 27 February 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.