Series 1, Episode 1
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.
- Wednesday 19th March 2014
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|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|
|Laurence Howarth||Adam Brady (Staff Trainer)|
|Simon Greenall||Nigel Trescott (Cornish Campaigner)|
|Karen Ascoe||Sally Wingate (Newsreader)|
|Jon Plowman||Executive Producer|
|Andrew Stephenson||Production Designer|
The trailer for W1A. Ian Fletcher has a big task ahead of him.
Ian attends a digital handshake session for new BBC staff.
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).
The first episode summarised in 50 seconds.
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).