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Great Palace, The: The Story of Parliament

Synopsis
Series looking at the history and working life of the British Parliament.
1: Uses models to recreate the 1000-year history of the royal palaces at Westminster and shows Westminster Hall, built by Richard II.
2: Looks at the links between the monarch and Parliament and examines the role of the Queen, showing the ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament.
3: Reconstructs the burning of both the Houses of Parliament in October 1834 and recounts the history of new buildings designed by Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin.
4: Margaret Thatcher gives a guided tour of the Prime Minister’s office and Michael Foot recounts the history of the Commons, including notes on Question Time.
5: Lord Tonypandy, former Speaker, shows the state rooms of the Speaker’s residence at Westminster and explores the Commons’ chamber. The Serjeant at Arms describes the gilded Commons’ mace and the former Clerk of the Commons speaks of his ancient office.
6: A touor of the House of Lords, which includes the library, the dining and the Lords’ chamber, Lord Hailsham and the office of the Lord Chancellor. The Duke of Norfolk talks about the reform of the House of Lords.
7: How legislation is planned and how bills make their passage through both houses. Mrs Thatcher and the Leader of the Commons explain.
8: Looks at the workers: secretaries, researchers, librarians, cooks, cleaners and cellarmen.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 8 x 50 min.
Year of production
1984
Availability
Sale; 1996 sale: £99.00 (+VAT +p&p) each 1996 sale: £360.00 (+VAT +p&p) series
Subjects
Politics & government
Keywords
House of Commons; House of Lords; Parliament; United Kingdom

Credits

Writer
Christopher Jones

Sections

Title
Royal Westminster
Synopsis
1: Uses models to recreate the 1000-year history of the royal palaces at Westminster and shows Westminster Hall, built by Richard II.

Title
Those five hundred kings
Synopsis
2: Looks at the links between the monarch and Parliament and examines the role of the Queen, showing the ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament.

Title
Victorian masterpiece
Synopsis
3: Reconstructs the burning of both the Houses of Parliament in October 1834 and recounts the history of new buildings designed by Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin.

Title
Best club in London, The
Synopsis
4: Margaret Thatcher gives a guided tour of the Prime Minister's office and Michael Foot recounts the history of the Commons, including notes on Question Time.

Title
Order! Order!
Synopsis
5: Lord Tonypandy, former Speaker, shows the state rooms of the Speaker's residence at Westminster and explores the Commons' chamber. The Serjeant at Arms describes the gilded Commons' mace and the former Clerk of the Commons speaks of his ancient office.

Title
House of peers, The
Synopsis
6: A touor of the House of Lords, which includes the library, the dining and the Lords' chamber, Lord Hailsham and the office of the Lord Chancellor. The Duke of Norfolk talks about the reform of the House of Lords.

Title
Business of the House, The
Synopsis
7: How legislation is planned and how bills make their passage through both houses. Mrs Thatcher and the Leader of the Commons explain.

Title
People of the palace
Synopsis
8: Looks at the workers: secretaries, researchers, librarians, cooks, cleaners and cellarmen.

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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