British Comedy Guide
W1A. Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville). Copyright: BBC


  • 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.


Press clippings

W1A characters set to return in FIFA spin-off

Hugh Bonneville is reportedly returning to his character Ian Fletcher for a spin-off of W1A set around football governing body FIFA.

British Comedy Guide, 8th May 2024

All of life can be found in a good sitcom

Highbrow dramas and earnest documentaries are often held up as mirrors but shrewd historians know to look at comedy.

Libby Purves, The Times, 31st May 2021

W1A cast mocks BBC's new tagging device on Twitter

Cast members of BBC media satire W1A have reconvened on Twitter to mock the recent news that BBC staff at New Broadcasting House have to wear "social distance proximity devices" to ensure social distancing that beeps if they come too close to their colleagues.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th January 2021

W1A: Initial Lockdown Meeting review

"Every problem is a solution waiting to happen," Hugh Bonneville says as he reprises his role as the BBC's head of values, Ian Fletcher. And right now he tells four other characters from the satirical sitcom W1A in a mock-Zoom meeting to determine the corporation's lockdown strategy. "We are looking at one of the biggest solutions any of us have ever seen."

Dominic Maxwell, The Times, 21st May 2020

Hugh Bonneville reprises Ian Fletcher for BBC Sounds

Jason Watkins also returned as Director of Strategic Governance.

Radio Times, 12th November 2018

The 20 best TV comedies of 2017

Here - in no particular order - are the 20 best shows from 2017.

Alex Nelson, i Newspaper, 11th December 2017

Euan Ferguson's best television of 2017

Includes Motherland, Car Share and W1A, while flops include The Nightly Show.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 10th December 2017

W1A News boss Neil Reid on his worst decision ever

W1A's Controller of News and Current Affairs, Neil Reid, has revealed his worst decision ever made.

The TV character, played by actor David Westhead, joined presenter Simon McCoy on the BBC News Channel to mark its 20th anniversary

Simon McCoy, BBC, 10th November 2017

W1A, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two review

If we were expected to relate to the characters on an emotional level, it was too little, too late - in truth we barely know them.

Barney Harsent, The Arts Desk, 24th October 2017

Was the BBC Me debacle a fitting end?

Was this bittersweet finale the right way for W1A to bow out? At least according to those following along on Twitter, the answer was definitely yes (no, exactly).

Justin Harp, Digital Spy, 24th October 2017

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