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Terry Dignan takes a look at the week's political stories.

Includes at 10.45pm

: MPs' Road Show: Political Science.

Ever wondered what your MP gets up to when he or she's not on the green benches at Westminster? Dinah Lammiman shadows a new pairing scheme between scientists and MPs.

Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb learns more about bio fuels and the prehistoric elephant skeleton on his doorstep.

20030907

A look at the week's political stories.

Including at 10.45pm

: Not While I'm Alive He Ain't: A series about political rivalries with Brian Walden.

20030928

Andrew Rawnsley reports from the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.

Including at 10.45pm

Triumphs and Disasters: In the second of a series on famous by-elections, Steve Richards looks back at the first electoral test for the newly-formed SDP in 1981.

Roy Jenkins took on the challenge at Warrington and came within a whisker of winning.

20031109

Andrew Rawnsley previews next week's political events.

At 10.45pm

Hoggart's Week.

20031116

Andrew Rawnsley previews next week's political events.

At 10.45pm

Hoggart's Week.

20031123

Andrew Rawnsley reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45 Hoggart's Week, which is repeated on Wednesday.

20031130

Andrew Rawnsley reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45 Hoggart's Week, which is repeated on Wednesday.

20031207

Andrew Rawnsley previews next week's political events.

At 10.45pm

Keeping It In The Family.

Growing Up In A Political Household: Veteran political writer Julia Langdon meets MPs who are themselves the offspring of politicians, and discovers how their childhood experiences prepared them for their own careers.

20040314

The political headlines of the next seven days, with Andrew Rawnsley.

Includes at 10.45pm

, The Week According to Letts - Quentin Letts gives his humorous take on the political week.

20050123

Andrew Rawnsley reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm (Rptd Wed 8.45pm):

The Brandreth Rules for Ministers:

1/2.

You've had the call from Number 10, you've got the car, you've got the box.

At last, you're a minister.

But what now? Gyles Brandreth has been a minister.

In the first of these two programmes, he explains the dos and don'ts of ministerial life: how to arrive, how to survive and how to thrive.

20050403

Andrew Rawnsley goes behind the scenes at Westminster.

Includes at 10.45pm

: Party Tunes: As the political parties prepare for the election, they need a stirring tune to inspire them.

20060618

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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How to beat Jeremy Paxman

20060625

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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How to beat the Audience

Appearing on Radio 4's Any Questions or BBC1's Question Time is one of the hardest challenges for any politician.

Trying to debate the panel members and deal with the chairman would be daunting enough on their own but its the live audience that can really make it really difficult.

Well informed and educated they won't put up with political platitudes.

Steve Hewlett explains the rules for beating the audience.

20060625

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.Includes at 10.45pm

:How to beat the AudienceAppearing on Radio 4's Any Questions or BBC1's Question Time is one of the hardest challenges for any politician.

Trying to debate the panel members and deal with the chairman would be daunting enough on their own but its the live audience that can really make it really difficult.

Well informed and educated they won't put up with political platitudes.

Steve Hewlett explains the rules for beating the audience.

20060702

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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How to Succeed at Summits

1/2.

Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the United States, takes us behind the closed doors when world leaders get together and explores the keys to success with fellow summiteers, including Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State.

20060702

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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How to Succeed at Summits

1/2.

Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the United States, takes us behind the closed doors when world leaders get together and explores the keys to success with fellow summiteers, including Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State.

20060709

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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How to Succeed at Summits

2/2.

Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the United States, takes us behind the closed doors when world leaders get together and explores the keys to success with fellow summiteers, including former British ministers Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Clare Short, and Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State.

20060716

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

: Join the Union - to Get Ahead: Andrew Neil reveals the political secrets of Glasgow University Union.

20060723

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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A Burst of Freedom

An extreme brand of free market ideology called libertarianism took over the Conservative party's student wing in the mid 1980s, and looked set to conquer the party at large.

Legalising hard drugs, liberalising immigration controls and creating a free market in sexual services were among the radical policies advocated.

But where are those ideas now? Times columnist Tim Hames tracks down the former student radicals and examines how pragmatism eventually triumphed over ideology.

20060730

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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2/2.

A Burst of Freedom

An extreme brand of free market ideology called libertarianism took over the Conservative party's student wing in the mid 1980s, and looked set to conquer the party at large.

Legalising hard drugs, liberalising immigration controls and creating a free market in sexual services were among the radical policies advocated.

But where are those ideas now? Times columnist Tim Hames continues to track down the former student radicals and examines how an insatiable desire to shock and irritate senior figures in their own party led to the radicals' downfall.

20060806

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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1/3.

More than Just a Song

The first of a new series of programmes about songs which have had a political impact.

Nkosi Sikelei Afrika, God Bless Africa, was composed in 1897 as a hymn by a Methodist teacher in the Eastern Cape, Enoch Sontonga.

Later, it was adopted by the African National Congress and became an inspirational anthem in the struggle against apartheid, forever associated with Nelson Mandela and the other prisoners on Robben Island.

It was sung by the crowd when Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's president in 1994 and is now part of the country's national anthem.

Enoch Sontonga died in 1905, aged 32.

His grave was eventually identified ten years ago and is now a national monument.

Presented by Robin Denselow

20060813

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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2/3.

More than Just a Song

The series about songs which have had a political impact.

Robin Denselow tells the story of This Land is Your Land, a stirring patriotic ballad sung in every school in the US.

Yet it's really an angry left-wing protest song composed by the radical folk singer Woody Guthrie - written in the Depression as a riposte to Irving Berlin's God Bless America.

But those verses with a political message are now usually omitted and Guthrie's most popular song has become an anthem of the right as well as the left.

It's been recorded by everyone from Bing Crosby to Pete Seeger, and from Billy Bragg to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and was even performed at President Bush's victory party in 2004.

20060820

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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3/3.

More than Just a Song

Series about songs which have had a political impact.

Okie from Muskogee by country singer Merle Haggard was a number one hit in the US in 1969.

It hit a chord in conservative middle America which regarded the song as a long overdue backlash against the long-haired, anti-Vietnam, hippie culture of the time.

President Nixon was delighted, but was Merle Haggard really a redneck, and was he being entirely serious? His recent songs have protested against George W Bush and the Iraq war.

20060827

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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The Giibbon Test

1/3.

In every age since Gibbon wrote The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, people have looked to his work for signs of decay in their own.

Matthew Parris explores what lessons Gibbon may have for Britain's politicians and parliamentary institutions in the 21st Century.

20060910

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week in politics.

Includes at 10.45pm

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The Giibbon Test

3/3.

In every age since Gibbon wrote The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, people have looked to his work for signs of decay in their own.

Matthew Parris explores what lessons Gibbon may have for a multi-cultural Britain in the 21st Century.

20060917

A mixture of in-depth political reporting, probing interviews, and considered analysis.

Includes at 10.45pm

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An Anthropologist in the House of Lords

Social anthropologist Dr Emma Crewe spent three years studying the cultural practices of a unique group of individuals.

The subject of her research was not some remote and far flung tribe - but Peers in the House of Lords.

1/2.

Dr Crewe introduces us to the natives and reveals how ritual is central to the political process of the second chamber.

20060924

A mixture of in-depth political reporting, probing interviews, and considered analysis.

Includes at 10.45pm

:

An Anthropologist in the House of Lords

Social anthropologist Dr Emma Crewe spent three years studying the cultural practices of a unique group of individuals.

The subject of her research was not some remote and far flung tribe - but Peers in the House of Lords.

2/2.

Dr Crewe unravels the crucial and sometimes hidden role of the 'usual channels' in the political process.

20061001

A mixture of in-depth political reporting, probing interviews, and considered analysis.

Includes at 10.45pm

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1/2.

Live Free or Die

'Live Free or Die' is the official motto of the American state of New Hampshire.

It's probably the best known of all the state mottos because, perhaps, it encapsulates that spirit of aggressive freedom inherent in the American dream.

But how free are Americans in the 21st Century? It's a question which has been exercising the mind of BBC's Washington correspondent, Justin Webb

20061008

A mixture of in-depth political reporting, probing interviews, and considered analysis.

Includes at 10.45pm

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2/2.

Live Free or Die

President Bush says that freedom is the birthright of everyone in the world: a gift from God, but also a very important plank of US foreign policy.

Justin Webb wonders whether the US has what it takes to do the exporting; whether Americans are friendly imperialists at heart.

20061015

A mixture of in-depth political reporting, probing interviews, and considered analysis.

Includes at 10.45pm

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1/2.

Come and Join Us

Geoff Mulgan reflects on our sense of political belonging.

The former Number 10 adviser, now director of the Young Institute, draws on new research into what drives political allegiance, particularly to extremism, together with a new study on the future of political parties, whose membership is declining.

What brings us together to support a political cause?

20061022

A mixture of in-depth political reporting, probing interviews, and considered analysis.

Includes at 10.45pm

:

2/2.

Come and Join Us

Geoff Mulgan reflects on our sense of political belonging.

The former Number 10 adviser, now director of the Young Institute, draws on new research into what drives political allegiance, particularly to extremism, together with a new study on the future of political parties, whose membership is declining.

What brings us together to support a political cause?

20061029

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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1/2.

Class Conscious

Former BBC Political Editor John Cole gives a personal viewpoint on the declining interest in class issues in British politics.

Guests include Peter Mandelson and Michael Heseltine.

20061105

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Class Conscious

2/2.

Former BBC Political Editor John Cole gives a personal viewpoint on the declining interest in class issues in British politics.

He focuses on the lack of ideology in politics today and the impact on voter turnout.

Guests include Peter Mandelson and Michael Heseltine.

20061112

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Lost Causes

Stories of people who never gave up fighting for a seemingly lost cause.

1/3.

This year's Remembrance Sunday was a particularly proud and poignant day for one group of relatives of servicemen killed in wartime.

They are the families of more than 300 men who were shot at dawn for cowardice or desertion during the First World War.

The families have long argued that the men were the victims of an injustice, that they were not cowards but were deeply traumatised or shellshocked.

Their appeals to have the men pardoned were repeatedly turned down, but this year the government unexpectedly relented and 306 men have been pardoned.

Carolyn Quinn tells the story of the long campaign to resolve a dark episode in British history.

20061119

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Lost Causes

Stories of people who never gave up fighting for a seemingly lost cause.

3/3.

The struggle to win compensation for the victims of Thalidomide was one of the great campaigns of the 1960s and 70s.

There was a settlement in 1973 but as the years went by, its value was eroded by inflation, and the victims still had to pay tax.

Thalidomide disappeared from the headlines, but another campaign was going on to achieve a more generous deal.

20061126

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Lost Causes

Stories of people who never gave up fighting for a seemingly lost cause.

3/3.

The struggle to win compensation for the victims of Thalidomide was one of the great campaigns of the 1960s and 70s.

There was a settlement in 1973 but as the years went by, its value was eroded by inflation, and the victims still had to pay tax.

Thalidomide disappeared from the headlines, but another campaign was going on to achieve a more generous deal.

20061203

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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1/3.

Political Rhetoric.

20061210

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Political Rhetoric

Former parliamentary sketch writer Edward Pearce goes in search of the heart of good political speaking, from the high style of the 18th century to the barnstorming public address and the modern media age.

2/3.

He investigates the stirring 19th century style and the beginnings of great public oratory.

20061217

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Political Rhetoric

Former parliamentary sketch writer Edward Pearce goes in search of the heart of good political speaking, from the high style of the 18th century to the barnstorming public address and the modern media age.

3/3.

A look at the decline and fall of oratory in the era of political celebrity, and the sound bite.

20070107

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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1/3.

Dennis Sewell investigates the influence of the think tanks in the current political debate.

20070114

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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2/3.

Dennis Sewell investigates the influence of the think tanks in the current political debate.

20070128

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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The Brandreth Rules for the Great Offices

Gyles Brandreth, former MP and government whip, has worked closely with those who've reached the top and has observed them in action.

1/3.

He lays down his rules on how to be Prime Minister.

Featuring interviews with people who've made it to the top, people who've helped them get there and commentators who've seen them succeed and fail.

They'll be witty in tone and anecdotal, but with a serious purpose.

20070211

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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The Brandreth Rules for the Great Offices

Gyles Brandreth, former MP and government whip, has worked closely with those who've reached the top and has observed them in action.

3/3.

He lays down his rules on how to be Leader of the Opposition.

Featuring interviews with people who've made it to the top, people who've helped them get there and commentators who've seen them succeed and fail.

They'll be witty in tone and anecdotal, but with a serious purpose.

20070218

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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The Condensed History of Tony Blair

Tony Blair's ten years squeezed into 15 frenetic minutes of songs and sketches, by Adam Long, co-founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Adam and friends remember the highlights of a pretty straight kinda guy, who was the future once.

And, as a final flourish, they sum up the whole decade in just 45 seconds.

20070225

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm:

The Letters Pages

1/3.

When the biography of former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was published in 1955, it caused a political storm.

The book claimed that Asquith was playing bridge with three women at his country house when the politician Mr Bonar Law visited to discuss who should succeed Lord Kitchener after his death at sea.

Allegedly, Asquith kept this important minister waiting until he had finished his rubber, thus giving the impression that the Prime Minister was indifferent.

Letters to the Times were numerous and passionate.

Presented by Anthony Howard

20070304

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm:

The Letters Pages

2/3.

The Value of a Pledge

When Oswald Mosley resigned form the Conservative party in May 1930, Harold Macmillan sent a letter to The Times supporting Mosley.

Rab Butler and three other MP sent a crushing letter suggesting that Macmillan should 'seek a pastime more suited to his talent'.

Macmillan never forgave Butler and the two remained at odds ever since.

20070311

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm:

The Letters Pages

3/3.

It Is a Moral Issue

When John Profumo's involvement with a prostitute became public knowledge in 1963, a flood of letters from all corners were published, resulting in the Commons debate a week later.

But how important were these letters in forcing the debate, ending Profumo's career and eventually bringing down the Conservative government?

20070318

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm:

Arrested Developments

British historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto was arrested in Atlanta in January for crossing the street in the wrong place.

He spent eight hours in a detention centre, where many of his fellow prisoners thought he was a lawyer.

He reflects on the experience and what it has taught him about America, the legal system and class.

20070325

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

20070401

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

20070408

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

20070415

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

20070422

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm Foreign Studies, which is repeated on Wednesday.

20070506

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

2/2.

Getting What We Deserve

Anne Mcelvoy, Executive Editor of the Evening Standard, discusses the idea of meritocracy and its relevance in today's politics.

20070527

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Lying Abroad: How to Be an Ambassador.

20070603

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Lying Abroad: How to Be an Ambassador

2/4.

Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador in Washington, offers an insider's guide to the skills required in representing one's country overseas.

20070610

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Lying Abroad: How to Be an Ambassador.

20070617

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.30pm

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Lying Abroad: How to Be an Ambassador.

20070624

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Great Political Myths.

20070701

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Great Political Myths

Simon Hoggart continues to explode some of the most famous examples of political mythology.

2/3.

This week's selection fits under the heading 'I never said that!' They include Gordon Brown and the Arctic Monkeys, David Cameron and hoodie-hugging, as well as Peter Mandelson and a dish of mushy peas.

20070708

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

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Great Political Myths

3/3.

What can you do when your carefully-crafted public persona is ruined by a myth perpetrated by a satirist with a rubber puppet or a cartoonist with an evil pen?

Simon Hoggart speaks to the victims and their assailants.

And he investigates one of the biggest unresolved mysteries of our time - did John Major really did tuck his shirt into his underpants?

20070715

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Talking to Terrorists

1/2.

Alastair Crooke reflects on his unique experience of conducting negotiations with terrorist organisations.

20070722

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Talking to Terrorists

Brian Hanrahan explores the debate over talking to groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

He talks to experts on political Islam, and to those who believe there should be no talks with groups they regard as terrorists.

20070729

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The Voter on the Couch

1/2.

What do we really want from politicians? Good schools and a well-run NHS? Or something altogether more complex and personal? David Aaronovitch puts the voting public on the analyst's couch.

20070805

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Voter on the Couch.

20070819

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Is that a Deal?

Coinciding with the long-delayed honouring of Tony Blair's 'Granita Agreement' to hand over the reigns of power to Gordon Brown, Michael Cockerell looks back at two other intriguing political deals gone wrong.

1.

Lord Carrington's deal with Robert Mugabe to finance land reparation in the newly founded Zimbabwe.

The programme explores allegations that the British government reneged on this deal, and that this failure to honour an agreement led directly to the land-seizures of the Mugabe regime.

20070826

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Is That a Deal?

20070902

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Minding the Shop

Everyone is entitled to a holiday, but Tony Howard discusses what happens when a Prime Minister goes away.

Who has been left in charge of the government, and what about the now discarded role of Deputy Prime Minister?

20070909

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Not My Words, Mr Speaker

1/2.

Matthew Parris explores the vocabulary of politics, asking why politicians cling to cliche and meaningless bits of jargon.

20070916

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Not My Words, Mr Speaker.

20070923

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Callaghan Factor.

20070930

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Buzz of Politics.

20071007

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Preparing for Power

Elinor Goodman looks at how Opposition parties prepare for power in advance of General Elections.

20071014

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Art of Parliament

Michael Portillo unravels our Parliamentary history through its art collection.

1/3.

Grayson Perry tells how his fantasy that his monumental etching Print for a Politician would hang in a minister's office was realised when the Works of Art Committee recently purchased the work.

20071021

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Art of Parliament

2/3.

Statues and the Statute

Michael Portillo finds a code to be cracked in the statues and bronzes scattered around the many lobbies and alcoves in the Palace of Westminster.

Sculptor Antony Dufort hopes his life-size statue of Baroness Thatcher, recently unveiled in the Member's Lobby, won't suffer the same fate as her last official effigy, which was decapitated.

20071028

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Art of Parliament.

20071104

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Any Complaints about Europe?

1/2.

Mark Mardell looks at the work of the Petitions Committee, whose members examine the issues exercising the citizens of the EU, from the size of rabbit hutches in the UK to admission prices for pensioners in Hungarian public baths.

20071111

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Any Complaints about Europe?

2/2.

Mark Mardell looks at the work of the Petitions Committee, whose members examine the issues exercising the citizens of the EU, from the size of rabbit hutches in the UK to admission prices for pensioners in Hungarian public baths.

20071118

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Jobseeker's Guide to Parliaments.

20071125

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Power and the Web (1/2).

20071202

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Power and the Web (2/2).

20071209

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Stop the World.

20071216

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Stop the World.

20071223

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Stop the World (3/3).

20080106

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Do Nothing.

20080113

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Do Nothing.

20080120

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Politically Charged (1/3).

20080127

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Politically Charged.

20080203

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Politically Charged.

20080210

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Politically Charged.

20080217

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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1/2.

The Jam Generation: Anne Mcelvoy looks at the growing influence of children of the 1980s in the political forefront.

20080224

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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2/2.

The Jam Generation: Anne Mcelvoy looks at the growing influence of children of the 80s in the political forefront.

20080302

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Bugging the Nats: The SNP and MI5

AIain MacWhirter explores claims that members of the Scottish National Party have been bugged by British security forces for more than half a century.

20080309

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Boom or Bust

Michael White assesses some of the most significant budgets from the past.

1/3.

He looks at Denis Healey's budget of 1976 when he was under pressure from his cabinet colleagues, the unions and the IMF.

20080330

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Who Owns Adam Smith?

20080420

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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When the Politician Meets the Architect.

20080504

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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The Sermon on the Mound.

20080511

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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For Whom the Division Bell Tolled.

20080518

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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For Whom the Division Bell Tolled.

20080525

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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For whom the Division Bell Tolled.

20080601

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm On Closer Inspection.

Marcus Brigstocke meet some of his targets for satire and reassesses his own prejudices.

20080608

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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On Closer Inspection

Marcus Brigstocke meet some of his targets for satire and reassesses his own prejudices about the character of politicians.

20080622

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm Fifty Years before the Masthead.

Political journalist Anthony Howard takes an autobiographical journey.

20080629

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

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Fifty Years before the Masthead

Political journalist Anthony Howard takes an autobiographical journey through half a century in the newspaper industry.

20080706

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster with Norman Smith.

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Fifty Years before the Masthead

4/4.

Political journalist Anthony Howard takes an autobiographical journey through half a century in the newspaper industry.

20080706

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster with Norman Smith.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Fifty Years before the Masthead

4/4.

Political journalist Anthony Howard takes an autobiographical journey through half a century in the newspaper industry.

20080713

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

The Jewish Connection (1/2).

20080727

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Bowing out Gracefully: The Brandreth Rules for Standing Down (1/3).

20080803

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Bowing out Gracefully: The Brandreth Rules for Standing Down

Series on how MPs rebuild their lives and their careers after leaving the Commons.

2/3.

Down and Out and Up Again

How to court the media, how to sell your book and how to find a job.

20080831

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

The Condensed History of Political Parties

2/3.

The Liberal Party gets the condensed treatment from Adam Long.

Along with two friends, two guitars and a violin, he takes an abridged tour of Liberal landmarks from Earl Grey to Nick Clegg.

20080907

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

The Condensed History of Political Parties

3/3.

Adam Long, his two friends and their guitars turn their history-abridging hand to Labour.

20080914

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

In the Think Tanks

1/3.

Dennis Sewell considers the influence of the think tanks in the current political debate.

20080928

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

In the Think Tanks

3/3.

Dennis Sewell discovers the latest ideas coming out of political think tanks.

20081005

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

The Other Heartlands

How history and landscape have shaped the political allegiances in some of Britain's most remote constituencies.

1/2.

Susan Hulme visits Moray in north east Scotland to a land that's no stranger to political conflict.

20081012

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

The Other Heartlands

2/2.

How Plaid Cymru has become the part of establishment in Caernarfon.

20081019

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Classrooms to Power

The schooldays of leading Prime Ministers.

1/2.

Winston Churchill

20081026

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

The Crash: Scotland's Battle for the Bank

20081102

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Classrooms to Power

20081109

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Historians in the Tent of the General

20081116

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Historians in the Tent of the General

20081123

Reports from behind the scenes at Westminster.

Including at 10.45pm

:

Received Wisdom

1/2.

MPs and peers from across the political spectrum share their stories and top tips for surviving life in Westminster with Guardian political sketchwriter Simon Hoggart.