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The BBC's followup to Twenty Twelve, set inside the corporation itself, may be the most self-referential comedy ever should the BBC be poking fun at itself, or are the in-jokes just tiresome?
When the TV industry bangs on about itself, the viewing public gets restless. See Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. (I liked it.) But when a broadcaster makes a show all about its own management structure, the public nose is bound to be bent out of shape, no matter how good the writing. With W1A the BBC hopes to continue the success of John Morton's superb Twenty Twelve (the mockumentary about London's Olympic Committee) by transplanting two of its characters Ian Fletcher and Siobhan Sharpe, played by Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes from the Olympic park to BBC HQ (the recently rebuilt New Broadcasting House in central London). All the meeting rooms named after venerable comedians ("We're »
- Julia Raeside
More sitcom than satire: the BBC proves a bit of a struggle for Twenty Twelve's Olympic Deliverance man
The right have always grumbled that the BBC is full of pinkos. The left seem equally certain that Broadcasting House is run by closet Tories. In W1A (BBC2), the follow-up to the brilliant Twenty Twelve, the Beeb is stuffed full of comedians, either dead – the meeting-rooms are named after Frankie Howerd and Norman Wisdom – or unintentional. If some of the BBC's output over recent years is any benchmark, it's a view worth considering.
W1A does also have its comedic moments. The idea that the BBC might actually employ Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville), Twenty Twelve's fictional head of Olympic Deliverance, to be head of values as the corporation's ineffectual response to the post-Savile era is all too plausible. As is the thought that commissioning editors waste hours dreaming up »
- John Crace
BBC Two has released the first cast picture from its Twenty Twelve follow-up W1A.
The previously unseen image depicts the show's central characters in the Frankie Howerd Meeting Room at New Broadcasting House.
W1A will air on BBC Two later in 2014.
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