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 3

Ian Fletcher's salary comes under intense scrutiny in the press - why should the BBC's Head of Values be paid more than the prime minister?

Further details

W1A. Image shows from L to R: Barney Lumsden (Alex Beckett), Coco Lomax (Sara Pascoe), Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes). Copyright: BBC.

A month into his job as Head of Values and Ian Fletcher is still trying to find somewhere to sit. But there are more important issues to get to grips with - not least the director-general's desire to shape the debate as to what the BBC is really for.

Head of Output Anna Rampton already knows what it's for and in a thinly veiled move to further her own career advocates moving Songs Of Praise to radio, thus freeing up a prime slot for her own series, Britain's Tastiest Village.

The debate about the future of the BBC is not helped when Ian Fletcher's salary comes under intense scrutiny in the press - why should the BBC's Head of Values be paid more than the prime minister?

Current Controller of Current Affairs, Neil Reid, has to deal with the fallout from a blunder in the BBC News coverage of the Syrian crisis when a photo of Trudi Styler is used instead of Asma Assad.

Meanwhile, intern Will Humphries is given something important to do by the object of his desire, Izzy - a task he is keen to get right. And Producer Lucy Freeman tries to pitch Home Truth, a script she's been developing over several years with writer Dan Shepherd.

But it's Siobhan Sharpe and her team at Perfect Curve that find themselves with the biggest challenge when they are asked to refresh the BBC logo.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

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    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
    Ophelia Lovibond Izzy Gould
    Jonathan Bailey Jack Patterson
    Max Olesker Ben Rosenstern
    Ivan Gonzalez Jerry Guildencrantz
    Sara Pascoe Coco Lomax
    Alex Beckett Barney Lumsden
    Joel Fry Karl Marx
    David Tennant Narrator
    Guest cast
    Tom Basden Dan Shepherd (New Writer)
    Daniel Ings Matt Taverner (Comedy Drama Exec)
    Adrian Der Gregorian Office Guy
    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

    One word

    Ian Fletcher leads the Way Ahead team in an exercise to sum up the BBC in one word.

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    Featuring: Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher), Jessica Hynes (Siobhan Sharpe), Jason Watkins (Simon Harwood), Monica Dolan (Tracey Pritchard), Sarah Parish (Anna Rampton).

    What if the BBC was a fruit?

    The Perfect Curve team brainstorm ideas for rebranding the BBC logo.

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    Featuring: Jessica Hynes (Siobhan Sharpe), Sara Pascoe (Coco Lomax), Alex Beckett (Barney Lumsden), Joel Fry (Karl Marx).

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