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 3

W1A. Will Humphries (Hugh Skinner). Copyright: BBC
The search for new ways of saving money at the BBC continues - particularly important in the light of charter renewal. Siobhan Sharpe is leading the creative journey towards launching BBC Me.

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Further details

The search for new ways of saving money at the BBC continues - particularly important in the light of charter renewal. Having dismissed the idea of losing programmes about gardening as a possible solution the renewal team propose that the cutting of the BBC Big Swing Band might send out a useful message.

PR guru Siobhan Sharpe is leading the creative journey towards launching BBC Me, a new online platform. It is thought to be a good idea to create a launch trail which would include as many people as possible doing selfies of themselves saying the word "Me" in the hope that the trail will go viral.

Finally, Head of News Neil Reid has to wrangle a significant problem of his own when the latest version of the BBC's automatic live subtitling software is shown to have some major defects - such as getting the spelling of proper names embarrassingly wrong.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 2nd October 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
Sara Pascoe Coco Lomax
Alex Beckett Barney Lumsden
Joel Fry Karl Marx
David Tennant Narrator
Guest cast
Laurence Howarth Adam Brady (Staff Trainer)
Daniel Ings Matt Taverner (Comedy Drama Exec)
Will Sharpe Michael Chung
Rose Matafeo Chloe
Pooky Quesnel Fiona Craig
Emma Sidi Zoe
Jeffery Kissoon Ray Fredericks
Emily Lloyd Saini PA
Shauna Shim Donna Fredericks
Lenny Henry Self
Louise Minchin Self
Jeremy Paxman Self
Dan Walker 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
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

Basically, we're pretty happy with it

Neil Reid struggles to see the benefit of the Syntipatico upgrade. It has 93% accuracy in the captions.

Featuring: David Westhead (Neil Reid), David Tennant & Laurence Howarth (Adam Brady).

Press

A note to the writers of W1A; having your characters spitting out the words "yeah", "no", "right" or, in poor Sarah Parish's case, "yes exactly" over and over and over again in staccato fashion is neither witty or endearing. Rather, it's migraine-inducingly irritating, maddening beyond all reason and it makes consuming the show a gruelling, mirthless chore. This week, if you're willing to chew through it, the renewal team discuss the BBC's orchestras.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 2nd October 2017

W1A, episode 3 review

Three series in, this one-time funny sitcom is just irritating.

Rupert Hawksley, The Telegraph, 2nd October 2017

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