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


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2014 - 2020
  • 14 episodes (3 series)

Spin-off from Twenty Twelve in which Ian Fletcher and Siobhan Sharpe now find themselves working for the BBC. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Jason Watkins, Monica Dolan, Hugh Skinner and more.

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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?

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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

Wednesday 2nd April 2014
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 13th January 2015 10:00pm BBC2
Monday 7th March 2016 1:10am W
Monday 7th March 2016 10:40pm W
Thursday 20th October 2016 11:40pm W
Thursday 9th February 2017 12:00am W
Monday 28th August 2017 2:05am W
Friday 15th September 2017 2:00am W
Wednesday 20th September 2017 1:00am W
Friday 7th September 2018 9:00pm London Live
Thursday 1st August 2019 2:15am London Live
Thursday 1st August 2019 9:00pm London Live

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
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


One word

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

View this clip on the BBC website

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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