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


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

Series 2, Episode 2

A game of Management Musical Chairs starts with the advertising of a new and important role, namely the Director of Better.

Further details

W1A. Image shows from L to R: Pilates Instructor (Sarah Hadland), Anna Rampton (Sarah Parish). Copyright: BBC.

Anna Rampton, Head of Output, thinks she knows all about Better and goes for the top job armed with the latest of Entertainment Format Producer David Wilkes' ideas - Family Face Off, which experienced producer Lucy Freeman reworks into something almost broadcastable.

Meanwhile Generic Head of Comedy and/or Drama, Matt Taverner continues to tinker unhelpfully with Lucy's actual passion, Home Truth, her as-yet-uncommissioned drama project.

Top of the agenda for the Damage Limitation Team this week are rumours that Newsnight anchor Evan Davis is to be a contestant in the forthcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing - news that doesn't go down well with Current Head of News and Current Affairs, Neil Reid, who is less than happy that the main presenter of the BBC's flagship and arguably only Current Affairs programme, will be seen "anywhere near sequins".

Things get more complicated when it transpires that Brand BBC Consultant Siobhan Sharpe is behind this latest career move for Evan. It falls to Ian Fletcher, as Head of Values and arch limiter of damage, to find an elegant solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, the recently appointed PA to Head of Values and ex-Intern Will Humphries, is making life more difficult for the object of his desire, Izzy Gould, when he accidentally hijacks her computer software while showing off his newly acquired training on the BBC's foolproof software Syncapatico.

Broadcast details

Thursday 30th April 2015
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
    Tom Basden Dan Shepherd (New Writer)
    Daniel Ings Matt Taverner (Comedy Drama Exec)
    Sarah Hadland Pilates Instructor
    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 Big Family

    Head of Output Anna Rampton calls a meeting to reel in David Wilkes' ideas for a new show, trying to ground them more in reality than theory.

    Featuring: Nina Sosanya (Lucy Freeman), Sarah Parish (Anna Rampton), Rufus Jones (David Wilkes).

    Will's cringe password

    During his Syncopatico induction course, Will accidentally syncs with Izzy's computer and now she needs his password to log him out.

    Featuring: Hugh Skinner (Will Humphries), Ophelia Lovibond (Izzy Gould), Jonathan Bailey (Jack Patterson).


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