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

W1A

  • 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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Series 3, Episode 2

W1A. Image shows from L to R: Faiza Raja (Priyanga Burford), Lucy Freeman (Nina Sosanya), Ryan Chelford (Ben Batt). Copyright: BBC
Cross-dressing ex Premier League footballer Ryan Chelford's appearance on a late-night, midweek edition of Match of the Day did not go well. A summit meeting is arranged to include heads of football, inclusivity and a late curved ball in the shape of head of diversity to try and find a solution.

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Further details

Cross-dressing ex Premier League footballer Ryan Chelford's appearance on a late-night, midweek edition of Match of the Day did not go well. A summit meeting is arranged to include heads of football, inclusivity and a late curved ball in the shape of head of diversity to try and find a solution to a problem that is getting increasing attention on social media. The campaign to launch user-generated content platform BBC Me gathers pace with David Wilkes still keen to take ownership of the idea he originally borrowed from ex-intern Will Humphries.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 25th September 2017
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

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
Ben Batt Ryan Chelford
Derek Riddell Clive Cook
Priyanga Burford Faiza Raja
Rose Matafeo Chloe
Pooky Quesnel Fiona Craig
Emma Sidi Zoe
Writing team
John Morton Writer
Production team
John Morton Director
Paul Schlesinger Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer
Robin Hill Editor
Andrew Stephenson Production Designer
Rachel Freck Casting Director
Natalie Willis Costume Designer
Ben Wheeler Director of Photography
Nicola Coleman Make-up Designer
Andrew Blaney Composer
Chris May 1st Assistant Director

Video

When the problem is you don't know what to do

With Match of the Day off the table, the BBC has to find a new home for cross-dressing ex-footballer Ryan Chelford - perhaps A Question of Sport?

Featuring: Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher), Jessica Hynes (Siobhan Sharpe), Jason Watkins (Simon Harwood), Monica Dolan (Tracey Pritchard), Nina Sosanya (Lucy Freeman), Sarah Parish (Anna Rampton), David Westhead (Neil Reid), Max Olesker (Ben Rosenstern) & Ivan Gonzalez (Jerry Guildencrantz).

Press

The latest dispatch from the frontline of unnecessary meetings finds Ian Fletcher deciding what to do about Ryan Chelford. Judged purely in punditry terms, the cross-dressing ex-footballer's appearance on Match of the Day didn't go well, but he has been trending heavily on social media where "reaction ... has been almost universally divided". David Tennant's narration neatly skewers Auntie's dilemma: "The problem for the BBC is that they don't know what to do."

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 25th September 2017

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