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20 years of TV cameras in the Commons

TV cameras were first allowed into the House of Commons, 20 years ago this weekend. It was a controversial move at the time with some MPs fearing it could dumb down their debates.

Giles Dilnot examines if it has simply meant MPs just play to the camera, or is it a much needed window into the democratic process?

BBC Parliament marks the 20th anniversary of the televising of the House of Commons: "MPTV: 20 Years of Commons on Camera", presented by David Wilby, on BBC Parliament, Saturday 21 November at 2100 GMT.

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