The BBC’s Head of Values, Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville), is once again throwing open the revolving doors to New Broadcasting House to allow cameras to film series three of W1A.
We were first allowed into New Broadcasting House in 2014, and then again in 2015, but now almost two years later, the cameras will be following Ian and his team once more, this time during and post Charter Renewal, reacting to the BBC’s new mission statement of doing More Of Less.
Anna Rampton (Sarah Parish), Head of Output, describes More Of Less as being about “Putting what we do best front and centre and about identifying better ways of doing less of it more.”
Ian Fletcher, Head of Values, says:
“We are lucky to have the cameras back at an exciting time for the BBC. In a period where we’re looking to identify as many Creative Efficiency Opportunities as possible we’ve been faced with some tough choices, but the good news about that is that in lots of ways tough choices are actually easier than easy choices because there are fewer options to choose from so that’s all good.”
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, says:
“It’s commendable that the team are able to increase the funniness of this series by 20-25% year on year with just 54% of the original budget. This beautifully crafted series provides the answer to the age old phrase: ‘If these walls could speak’, in our case it turns out they’d talk bollocks.”
Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two, says:
“I tried to kill this but Tony thought we should push ahead…a brilliant comedy gem returns to Two.”
Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios, says:
“Good communication is one of the cornerstones of the BBC, and I’m extremely pleased to be finding out about this series via this press release.”
W1A stars Hugh Bonneville as Ian Fletcher, Jessica Hynes as Siobhan Sharpe, Sarah Parish as Anna Rampton, Jason Watkins as Simon Harwood, Monica Dolan as Tracey Pritchard, and Nina Sosanya as Lucy Freeman.
Filming starts next month with the third series airing on BBC Two later this year with six new episodes, making it the longest series to date.
W1A returns later this year on BBC Two