On Expenses

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On Expenses
Written by Tony Saint
Directed by Simon Cellan Jones
Starring Anna Maxwell Martin
Brian Cox
Alex Jennings
Tim Pigott-Smith
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Stephen Wright
Running time 60 minutes
Distributor BBC Four
Original release
  • 23 February 2010 (2010-02-23)

On Expenses is a 2010 British television film directed by Simon Cellan Jones and starring Anna Maxwell Martin as Heather Brooke and Brian Cox as Michael Martin.

The film documents the true story of American journalist Heather Brooke's attempt to get expenses claims of Members of Parliament released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Speaker Michael Martin's battle to prevent it.[1]

Heather Brooke herself appeared in the production in a non-speaking role playing the part of an unnamed MP sitting on the government benches in a scene where Michael Martin is elected to the position of Speaker of the House of Commons.[2]


Actor Character
Anna Maxwell Martin Heather Brooke
Brian Cox Michael Martin MP
Tim Pigott-Smith Alan Keen MP
David Calder Sir Stuart Bell MP
Sam Graham David Maclean MP
Alan Parnaby Chris Huhne MP
Geoffrey Beevers Douglas Hogg MP
Neil Pearson Hugh Tomlinson QC


  1. ^ "On Expenses – BBC Four drama reveals hidden story behind MPs' expenses disclosure: introduction" (Press release). BBC. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Heather Brooke: my life in film". The Guardian. London. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 

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