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.

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W1A review: 'award winning perforances'

Four episodes might seem too short for the second series of a Bafta-winning comedy, but on reflection it feels right - any more exposure to these insufferable characters and we might find ourselves picking up their vile mannerisms. And that would be a total "bummer".

Isabel Mohan, The Telegraph, 14th May 2015

W1A, Series 2, review

W1A is a remarkable programme because the cast and crew are effectively satirising themselves.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 13th May 2015

W1A, series 2, episode 3, review

This BBC send-up is packed with zinging one-liners reeled off with terrific comic timing.

Patrick Smith, The Telegraph, 8th May 2015

Radio Times review

PR wonk Siobhan Sharpe is in full, incomprehensible, short-circuiting robot mode as the management team discuss the launch of BBC Better: "You might want to buy into, like, the idea of major s***. We've got to pre-sell the movie rights."

It's a brilliant set piece of double-think, in an organisation where W1A writer John Morton suggests that people shall speak nonsense to other people. No one does it better than Sharpe (Jessica Hynes) and dear, dim intern Will "Yeah, sure, yeah, cool" Humphries (Hugh Skinner, a hoot), who wanders the floors of New Broadcasting House looking like a puzzled horse.

Meanwhile, Anna Rampton, the new Head of Better, doesn't want a picture of Lord Reith in her new office because he's "too frightening".

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 7th May 2015

Ophelia Lovibond's favourite TV

The W1A and Guardians Of The Galaxy star on her Bridalplasty horror and why she would like to bring back Fawlty Towers.

Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 4th May 2015

Jessica Hynes: her TV favourites

As we gear up for the Bafta Awards, Jessica Hynes talks about her TV favourites, revealing why Top Gear made her hungry and her love for Cucumber.

Jessica Hynes, The Observer, 3rd May 2015

For all W1A is, rather inevitably, sometimes too self-referential, there's still much fun to be had from the way the Auntie management-spoofing mockumentary nibbles at the hand that feeds. Tonight's highlights include the revelation Tony Hall is obsessed with pilates, and the notion Newsnight's Evan Davis might be "embedded" with Strictly Come Dancing rather than merely being a contestant. David Tennant's voiceover provides many of the best moments: "Ian has made an executive decision to be late for a meeting for once."

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 30th April 2015

Jason Watkins about work and the death of his child

Jason Watkins, who stars in BBC sitcom W1A, explains why he's determined to create good memories for his family.

Judith Woods, The Telegraph, 30th April 2015

Radio Times review

The Damage Limitation Team meets to discuss a troubling development: rumours that Newsnight presenter Evan Davis is to compete in the next series of Strictly. We're used to the way these meetings involve looping discussions that resolve nothing, but John Morton's riffs on corporate-speak will ring bells in many a workplace.

A slight shame, then, that not much develops in this episode, beyond a new Pilates initiative from the DG and speculation about who will become the new Head of Better. Could it be stony-faced exec Anna Rampton? Meanwhile, joyously inept PA Will ("Yeah, no worries, yeah. Cool...") is struggling with his Syncapatico software.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 30th April 2015

W1A, series 2, episode 2, review

This BBC send-up of ineffectiveness and pomposity makes it a comedy for all.

Terry Ramsey, The Telegraph, 30th April 2015

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