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Story describing journalist Heather Brooke's attempts to make British MP's disclose their expenses, under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Simon Cellan Jones

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Tony Saint (teleplay)
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Anna Maxwell Martin ... Heather Brooke
Brian Cox ... Michael Martin - Speaker of the House of Commons
Alex Jennings ... Andrew Walker
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Alan Keen
David Calder ... Sir Stuart Bell MP
Christopher Good ... Speaker's Secretary
Neil Pearson ... Hugh Tomlinson
Jeremy Swift ... Ben Leapman
Raquel Cassidy ... House of Commons Counsel
Steve John Shepherd ... Vaci
Naomi Frederick Naomi Frederick ... Personal Assistant
Gerrard McArthur Gerrard McArthur ... Interior Designer
Delia Lindsay ... Barbara
Rod Arthur Rod Arthur ... Barry Long MP
David Sibley David Sibley ... Council Official
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In 2005 dogged,recently-married American journalist Heather Brooke,having taken on her local council over better street lighting and won, publishes her book on the Freedom of Information Act, meeting barrister Hugh Tomlinson at the signing. Her next mission is to expose the hidden rights of Members of parliament,especially their expenses,which makes newly-appointed Speaker of the House Michael Martin very nervous. After all he claims for everything he can. Although his legal advisor Andrew Walker tells him this is Heather's right, Martin refuses to permit the disclosure of MP's expenses and, with Hugh as her mouthpiece,Heather forces a tribunal and, whilst not entirely successful, this does lead to the eventual exposure of MP's dishonesty as the story breaks in the press. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 February 2010 (UK) See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 23 February 2010 (2010) See more »

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"You've always been a prong"
24 February 2010 | by judd_clarkeSee all my reviews

"You mean the Freedom of Information Act applies to US???" says an indignant and outraged politician...yes it does. And so we have 'On Expenses',a wonderfully over-the-top and laugh-out-loud dramatisation of the parliamentary expenses scandal. Brian Cox, Scotland's finest living actor, looks like he really enjoyed flexing his hitherto unearthed comedic chops for this. And who knew Anna Maxwell Martin would have made such a great American? There's also a marvellous, faultless supporting cast and some real-life politicians appearing as unwanted extras. Schadenfreude is not an admirable trait, but in this case I think we should be forgiven.


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