W1A. Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). Copyright: BBC.

W1A

BBC Two sitcom about BBC management. 14 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2017. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Jason Watkins, Monica Dolan and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

Ian Fletcher's first challenge on arriving at New Broadcasting House, on his brand new and much-improved folding bike, is to find somewhere to sit in a building aggressively over designed around the principle of not having a desk.

Further details

W1A. Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). Copyright: BBC.

Ian finds himself holding the hottest of hot potatoes when Mebyon Kernow activist Nigel Trescott complains that Cornwall and the Cornish are shamefully under-represented on the BBC.

Things get worse when BBC Spotlight South West presenter Sally Wingate goes public with her feeling that her failure to progress to a national presenting role might be part of the BBC's institutionally anti-Cornish bias.

Ideas of how best to limit the damage lead to PR company Perfect Curve's Siobhan Sharpe suggesting getting Sally to do something on Springwatch or some kind of Bake Off.

Meanwhile, producer Lucy Freeman is having meetings with Head of Output Anna Rampton and Entertainment Format Creative David Wilkes about a forthcoming new flagship show - Britain's Tastiest Village - which according to David is "kind of Britain's Got Talent meets Countryfile with a bit of The One Show thrown in just in case."

Anna wants a progress report and there's good news and bad news. They've virtually got Alan Titchmarsh on board now, but the very bad news is that it looks like they've lost Clare Balding - "words you never ever want to hear" - as the dates of How Big Is Your Dog, a new show she's doing for ITV, have changed at the last minute.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 19th March 2014
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Hugh Bonneville Ian Fletcher
    Jessica Hynes Siobhan Sharpe
    Jason Watkins Simon Harwood
    Monica Dolan Tracey Pritchard
    Hugh Skinner Will Humphries
    Nina Sosanya Lucy Freeman
    Sarah Parish Anna Rampton
    David Westhead Neil Reid
    Rufus Jones David Wilkes
    Ophelia Lovibond Izzy Gould
    Jonathan Bailey Jack Patterson
    Max Olesker Ben Rosenstern
    Ivan Gonzalez Jerry Guildencrantz
    David Tennant Narrator
    Guest cast
    Laurence Howarth Adam Brady (Staff Trainer)
    Emil Lager Waiter
    Simon Greenall Nigel Trescott (Cornish Campaigner)
    Karen Ascoe Sally Wingate (Newsreader)
    Carol Vorderman Self
    George Alagiah Self
    Alan Yentob Self
    Salman Rushdie Self
    Writing team
    John Morton Writer
    Production team
    John Morton Director
    Paul Schlesinger Producer
    Jon Plowman Executive Producer
    Robin Hill Editor
    Andrew Stephenson Production Designer
    Andrew Blaney Composer

    Videos

    W1A Trailer

    The trailer for W1A. Ian Fletcher has a big task ahead of him.

    Featuring: Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher), Jessica Hynes (Siobhan Sharpe), Jason Watkins (Simon Harwood), Hugh Skinner (Will Humphries), Rufus Jones (David Wilkes).

    Digital Handshake Sessions

    Ian attends a digital handshake session for new BBC staff.

    Featuring: Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher), Laurence Howarth (Adam Brady).

    The Way Ahead Meeting

    Ian chairs the first ever meeting of The Way Ahead task force group.

    Featuring: Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher), Jessica Hynes (Siobhan Sharpe), Jason Watkins (Simon Harwood), Monica Dolan (Tracey Pritchard), Hugh Skinner (Will Humphries), David Westhead (Neil Reid), Max Olesker (Ben Rosenstern), Ivan Gonzalez (Jerry Guildencrantz).

    Episode 1 Recap

    The first episode summarised in 50 seconds.

    Can't see a video here? Watch this clip on bbc.co.uk

    Featuring: Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher), Jason Watkins (Simon Harwood), Monica Dolan (Tracey Pritchard), Sarah Parish (Anna Rampton), Rufus Jones (David Wilkes), Carol Vorderman, Simon Greenall (Nigel Trescott), Karen Ascoe (Sally Wingate).

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