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MPs' expenses drama to star Anna Maxwell Martin

Brian Cox and Anna Maxwell Martin
Filming for the satirical 60-minute drama has already started in London

Bafta-award-winning actress Anna Maxwell Martin and actor Brian Cox will star in a BBC Four drama based on the MPs' expenses scandal.

Bringing Down the House will feature Martin as US campaigner Heather Brooke, who battled to force MPs to reveal details of their expenses.

There was outcry when it was revealed that MPs had been claiming for second homes, electrical items and food.

Cox will play the former Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin.

He was forced to resign in May over his handling of the expenses row, as he fought to keep details of MPs claims out of public view.

The BBC production will be directed by Our Friends in the North's Simon Cellan-Jones.

The writer will be Tony Saint, who was also behind Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley and Micro Men.

Maxwell Martin previously starred in the 2005 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, for which she won a coveted best actress Bafta.

She has also appeared in Freefall and White Girl.

Filming for the satirical 60-minute drama, which also stars Alex Jennings, Tim Pigott-Smith and Neil Pearson, has already started in London.

Bringing Down The House is the latest commission for BBC Four which has also included the critically-acclaimed Women We Loved season and The Curse Of Comedy season.

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