For the past fortnight, the BBC's Millbank Studios, nerve-centre of its political coverage, has been a theatre of human comedy. Photographs by David Modell

All Tory life is there: (left) John MacGregor, Bill Cash and Jonathan Evans. Kenneth Clarke (top) prepares for a 'live two-way'; and John Redwood (above) enjoys the oxygen of unwonted publicity

Noman Lamont, the man who almost ran, combs his hair before yet another television appearance

Michael Heseltine ducks out of the BBC radio car outside his house in Belgravia; Alan Clark watches a studio debate; Edward Leigh (second from right) looks on approvingly as John Redwood holds forth