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2014 • BBC
56 reviews

Season 3 episodes (6)

1 Episode 1
It's the year of Charter Renewal and a critical time for the BBC. Ian Fletcher is tasked with identifying what they do best and finding more ways of doing less of it better.
2 Episode 2
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. Host Gary Lineker and pundit Alan Shearer were literally lost for words. But the BBC in general and in his role as head of values Ian Fletcher in particular are under pressure to find an on screen role for Ryan as quickly as possible. 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. To complicate matters, Fiona Craig, the senior civil servant with responsibility for charter renewal negotiations, is visiting the BBC to see what a normal day in the life of the corporation looks like. Meanwhile, 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.
3 Episode 3
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 - after all, does the BBC need six orchestras?
4 Episode 4
After an item on BBC Breakfast about plans to close the BBC Big Swing Band the Damage Limitation team is under huge pressure. A twitter campaign led by Jools Holland is gathering support from music royalty such as Sir Bob Geldof and Bono. And as the much loved Big Swing band leader Ray Fredericks is both black and 75, there are a growing number of accusations of discrimination and ageism.
5 Episode 5
The Renewal group, led by Head of Values Ian Fletcher, has to respond to rumours that Strictly Come dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is about to leave the BBC for a rival broadcaster. Is there a way of preventing this happening? When they offer her On Your Bike, a new interview format, to host it looks like they might have found a solution.
6 Episode 6
Key broadcasting talent Claudia Winkleman is close to signing a deal which would keep her at the BBC. She is set to present On Your Bike but the deal is jeopardised with the revelation that an almost identical format has been developed and offered to Amanda Holden. How can the Damage Limitation group limit the damage?

About this show

W1A is a warts-and-all mockumentary sequel to Twenty Twelve, with Ian Fletcher returning in a new role as Head of Values at the BBC. Tasked with damage limitation and armed with management jargon, he handles all manner of accusations thrown at the corporation; anti-Cornish bias, age discrimination and salary scandals included. Season 1 is split into 2 volumes and is priced accordingly.

Ratings and reviews

56 reviews
Calum MacLeod
April 27, 2014
An excellent script and cast propel this fly on the wall comedy. Jessica Hynes is superb as Siobhan Sharpe. The only reason I give this 4*s instead of 5 is that it lives slightly in the shadow of Twenty Twelve.
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Claudia Miller
May 6, 2019
Wonderfully witty, Carefully crafted characters. Clever script and memorable lines . Incredibly funny. Will always remember these characters and the trouble they find themselves in.
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Eric Maycraft
August 23, 2014
Brilliant. Just like real meetings
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