W1A is a brand new BBC Two comedy series whose start date has been set for 10:00pm on Wednesday the 19th of March, 2014.
W1A, which will run for 4×30 minute episodes, follows on from the series ‘Twenty Twelve’ with former Head of the Olympic Deliverance Commission, Ian Fletcher (played by Hugh Bonneville), beginning a new chapter of his life as the BBC’s Head of Values, a key and very specific new senior post, which was created in the light of recent learning opportunities at the Corporation.
The shows title comes from the London postcode for BBC Broadcasting House, which is W1A 1AA.
Episode 1 – Wednesday, 19 March, 2014 – BBC Two
Ian’s first challenge at New Broadcasting House is to find somewhere to sit in a building aggressively over designed around the principle of not having a desk. Ian finds himself holding a hot potatoe when Mebyon Kernow activist Nigel Trescott complains that Cornwall and the Cornish are shamefully under-represented on the BBC.
Meanwhile, producer Lucy Freeman has meetings with Head of Output Anna Rampton and Entertainment Format Creative David Wilkes about a forthcoming new flagship show ‘Britain’s Tastiest Village’.
Anna wants a progress report and there’s good news and bad news. They’ve virtually got Alan Titchmarsh on board now, but the very bad news is that it looks like they’ve lost Clare Balding.
Episode 2 – Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 – BBC Two
Ian’s mission to take the sting out of what is now being referred to as ‘Wingategate’ continues as he journeys to Salford for his first big interview in the job with Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour, where he faces tough questions around the BBC’s apparent ageism and sexism regarding the appointment of female presenters.
Meanwhile things are getting complicated for the Britain’s Tastiest Village production team – having wooed and won Carol Vorderman as Clare Balding’s replacement to co-present the show with Alan Titchmarsh, they have discovered at the very last minute that Clare Balding is available after all.
Episode 3 – Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 – BBC Two
A month into his new job as Head of Values, Ian Fletcher is still trying to find somewhere to sit. But there are more important issues to get to grips with – not least the director-general’s desire to shape the debate as to what the BBC is really for.
Head of Output Anna Rampton already knows what it’s for and in a thinly veiled move to further her own career advocates moving Songs Of Praise to radio, thus freeing up a prime slot for her own series, Britain’s Tastiest Village.
Controller of Current Affairs, Neil Reid, has to deal with the fallout from a blunder in the BBC News coverage of the Syrian crisis when a photo of Trudi Styler is used instead of Asma Assad.
Meanwhile, intern Will Humphries is given something important to do by the object of his desire, Izzy – a task he’s keen to do right. Producer Lucy Freeman attempts to pitch Home Truth, a script which she’s been developing over several years with writer Dan Shepherd.
But it’s Siobhan Sharpe and her team at Perfect Curve that find themselves given the biggest challenge when they are asked to refresh the BBC logo.
Episode 4 – Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 – BBC Two
A national newspaper not only publishes details of Ian salary but also runs a follow up story of how he miss-used funds by taking his Olympic Deliverance Commission PA on holiday to Italy. Will the Beeb stand by their man or try to avoid potential criticism by persuading Ian to reduce his own salary.
Meanwhile, when her legs receive their very own Twitter account, a female Newsnight presenter gets accused of wearing inappropriate clothing.
Brand consultant Siobhan Sharpe and her Perfect Curve PR team reveal their barnstorming, no letters idea for the BBC’s new logo, and ‘appointment to view’ TV series Britain’s Tastiest Village has now lost all three of its targeted big name hosts, meaning the search must go on.
W1A Cast List
Narrator – David Tennant
Character – Actor/Actress
Ian Fletcher – Hugh Bonneville
Siobhan Sharpe – Jessica Hynes
Anna Rampton – Sarah Parish
Lucy Freeman – Nina Sosanya
David Wilkes – Rufus Jones
Nigel Trescott – Simon Greenall
Sally Wingate – Karen Ascoe
Will Humphries – Hugh Skinner
Neil Reid – David Westhead
Izzy Gould – Ophelia Lovibond
Jack Patterson – Jonathan Bailey
Ben Rosenstern – Max Olesker
Jerry Guildencrantz – Ivan Gonzalez
Adam Brady – Laurence Howarth
Simon Harwood – Jason Watkins
Tracey Pritchard – Monica Dolan
Barney Lumsden – Alex Beckett
Mark Stephenson – Justin Edwards
Elaine Pearson – Elizabeth Berrington
Indira Sahni – Amani Johara
Carol Voderman as herself
Clare Balding as herself
Jenni Murray as herself