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 2, Episode 3

Former head of output Anna Rampton has been crowned director of better. No-one on the management team is quite clear what the job entails.

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W1A. Image shows from L to R: Alan Yentob, Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville), Mary Beard. Copyright: BBC.

Anna Rampton has been crowned director of better. No-one on the management team is quite clear what the job entails, but one thing is certain - whatever it is, the concept of better needs to be announced to the world at large.

Tracey Pritchard, senior communications officer, suggests an event in the BBC Radio Theatre, but brand manager Siobhan Sharpe has altogether more awesome ideas - none of which involve the words 'radio' or 'theatre'.

Elsewhere, format-entertainment executive David Wilkes continues his seemingly unstoppable rise through the organisation with some surprising job news, and the BBC mega-hi-tech software programme Syncopatishare (designed to make life easier for busy executives) is proving difficult to master. Especially for ex-intern Will.

Finally, director of strategy Simon Harwood comes up with a brand new management structure for the BBC, which is essentially the old one rotated 90 degrees.

Broadcast details

Thursday 7th May 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
Daniel Ings Matt Taverner (Comedy Drama Exec)
Simon Bubb Benedict Cartwright (BBC Reporter)
Alan Yentob Self
Mary Beard Self
Evan Davis Self
Sophie Raworth Self
Writing team
John Morton Writer
Production team
John Morton Director
Paul Schlesinger Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer


Kitchen catch-up

David tells Lucy about a new job that is being created in Prime Time Factuality.

Featuring: Nina Sosanya (Lucy Freeman), Rufus Jones (David Wilkes).


Ian stumbles upon some private documents due to Will's ongoing Syncapatico induction.

Featuring: Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher), Hugh Skinner (Will Humphries).


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