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New W1A series could be its last

Tuesday 12th September 2017, 2:23pm

  • W1A's third series is likely to be its last
  • Writer John Morton says he finds generating storylines increasingly difficult
  • Series 3 of the show begins on BBC Two on Monday 18th September
W1A. Image shows from L to R: Simon Harwood (Jason Watkins), Izzy Gould (Ophelia Lovibond), Tracey Pritchard (Monica Dolan), Will Humphries (Hugh Skinner), Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville), Anna Rampton (Sarah Parish), Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes), Neil Reid (David Westhead), Lucy Freeman (Nina Sosanya), David Wilkes (Rufus Jones), Jack Patterson (Jonathan Bailey). Copyright: BBC.

Sitcom W1A could come to an end after its impending third series, creator John Morton has announced.

Morton, who writes the comedy about middle-management at the BBC, revealed the news at a recent preview screening of the new Series 3, which begins on BBC Two on Monday, 18th September, at 10pm.

Explaining that the new series had taken him a year to write, he said: "This is probably going to be its final [series].

"It was written to a conclusion. Spoiler alert: there's no plane crash, they're all still alive at the end. But with that I mind I thought 'God, this has got to be good'."

On his reasoning for the probable end of the show, he added: "It's difficult to find storylines that are funny enough and feel true enough, but are in fact fictional."

However, the writer also added: "We're all still alive, never say never!"

In an interview with British Comedy Guide to be published later this week, star Hugh Bonneville quips: "I think really it's time for Ian Fletcher to hang up his hi-vis jacket now - because I can't remember the lines anymore!"

Here is a clip from Series 3:

W1A - The Complete Series 1 And 2

W1A - The Complete Series 1 And 2

With the London games of Twenty Twelve successfully delivered, W1A follows former Head of the Olympic Deliverance Commission Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) at the start of a new chapter of his life as Head of Values at the BBC, a key and very specific senior new post which has been created in the light of recent learning opportunities at the corporation.

Ian's task as Head of Values is to clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the BBC across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future. Upon arrival Ian feels that there is something very exciting about the BBC and that he is now at the centre of something genuinely important.

The really exciting thing is to think that part of his job is to try to establish where that centre is and also exactly what it is in the centre of. However Ian will not be alone, as he is joined by a number of other BBC colleagues who are already there as well as by Brand Consultant Siobhan Sharpe from PR Company Perfect Curve (Jessica Hynes) - an expert in all aspects of communications theory except in how to apply any of them.

Special feature:
Real W1A documentary, narrated by Siobhan Sharpe

First released: Monday 18th May 2015

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