W1A: Series 1 Episodes 1 & 2

Hugh Bonneville and Claire Balding on W1A
Hugh Bonneville and Claire Balding on W1A

W1A is a spoof documentary sequel to Twenty Twelve which follows former Olympic Deliverance Commission chief Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) in his new job as head of values at the BBC.

In the first episode, after accusations of anti-Cornish bias are levelled at the corporation, Ian calls in Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes) of PR company Perfect Curve to advise him.

Meanwhile, producer Lucy Freeman chairs a meeting about forthcoming flagship show Britain’s Tastiest Village.

In the second episode, to limit the fallout from Wingategate, Ian heads north to Salford to appear on Woman’s Hour and faces tough questions from Jenni Murray about ageism and sexism regarding the appointment of female presenters.

Meanwhile, the Britain’s Tastiest Village team discovers at the last minute that the indisposed Clare Balding is unexpectedly available and keen to do the show – but she turns up unannounced for a production meeting and bumps into her replacement Carol Vorderman.

W1A begins tonight (1 November) at 21.58 on BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120) with a repeat showing on 3 November at 00.55.