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 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.

Further details

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
    Robin Hill Editor
    Andrew Stephenson Production Designer
    Andrew Blaney Composer


    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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