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


BBC Two sitcom about BBC management. 14 episodes (3 series), 2014 - 2020. 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

Wednesday 19th March 2014
30 minutes

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


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.

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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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