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W1A 2014

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When was the last time that we as a nation organised something that wasn't a complete disaster? Answer: The Twenty Twelve London Olympic Games. Conclusion: Let's get that guy in to work for us. Hence the arrival of Ian Fletcher and the start of W1A. The post is sold to Ian as a chance to influence and shape one of the great British institutions. His job is to think Big Thoughts, but it doesnât take him long to realise that not only does he not have time to think Big Thoughts, he never has time to think any thoughts at all.

Starring:
Jason Watkins, David Westhead
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 35 minutes
Starring Jason Watkins, David Westhead, Hugh Bonneville, Jonathan Bailey, Sarah Parish, Rufus Jones, Jessica Hynes, Nina Sosanya, Hugh Skinner, Monica Dolan, Ophelia Lovibond
Director John Morton
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 18 May 2015
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Ian Fletcher is back, this time at the BBC. He is now incharge of handling and promoting values. Sounds easy enough but values are difficult subject and potentially fraught with disaster. At a place like the BBC it's only a matter of time before Ian is up to his neck in misery usually caused by others. His staf is of course not much use and neither are the reinforcemnts, pr Company Perfect Curve, who have been forced upon Ian to help and advise. Unfortunately for Ian they have appointed Siobhan Sharpe to handle the prestigious BBC account. She used to cause Chaos for Ian when he was in charge of the London Olympics in 2012, and she can be relied on to add miles to the depth and Width to whatever hole Ian finds himself trapped in. The stories are well written and extremely fun to watch. We have all been in similar situations with similar people so it is easy to relate to the poor Ian, who somehow always seems to stay calm and optimistic. If you like first class British comedy you will want this series. Get 2012 while you are at it and get to know Ian and Siobhan. You will not be disappointed. For those of us who know Ian and Siobhan from 2012 this is a wonderfull opportunity to see these old friends.
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I watched all 4 episodes on a long flight and annoyed everyone around me by constantly laughing out loud. Absolute genius and will become a classic alongside The Office. The BBC should be applauded for their suicidal bravery if it's even semi close to reality and I look forward to seeing 'Lord Tony' in the second series.
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This was never going to be anything other than absolutely brilliant. And it is. Essentially a sequel to '2012', the comedic inside story on preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games, 'W1A' charges forward into even more hilarious territory.

Hugh Bonneville is now Head Of Values at the BBC - he isn't quite sure what that is but, undeterred, he sets out to boldly clarify, define and re-define. If you want to know how the BBC succeed in spending four billion quid of license fee-payer's dosh every year, 'W1A' is a very good place to start!

Coincidentally, I met someone a couple of days ago who roughly speaking is, in real life, one of the people represented in '2012'. They said that the character sketches in 2012 were frighteningly close to the real thing, themselves included.

The same is possibly true of 'W1A'. It certainly is if David Dimbleby is right when he said on live television that 'W1A' is "...not so very far from the truth". At the very least, actual television personalities courageously appear as themselves - Carol Vorderman, Alan Yentob, Salman Rushdie, Jenni Murray and Clare Balding.

A second season has already been commissioned - much to look forward to.
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It's hard to parody the BBC when they do crazy things such as spending millions on a rebranding exercise in the 1990s which resulted in the "BBC" logo in boxes merely being straightened; or have spent millions on hotels and rail fares having 'relocated' to Salford's Media City, whilst the metropolitian elite refuse to move out of their cosy London bubble [source: Daily Mail: 8th Feb 2015].

If you've seen 2012 - about the London Olympics, you'll love this series. Hugh Bonneville is perfectly cast as a slightly pompous man out of his depth. Endless pointless meetings ensue, with very little achieved, other than more discussions. This is biting satire, not seen perhaps since the days of Spitting Image, and it is even more remarkable that it was made by and filmed at the BBC.

There are so many little touches that make this show a delight to watch. One-up manship over folding bicycles could only ever happen in London, as could the Mr. "Yeah cool, yeah cool" character who says that at the end of nearly every sentence. If you've ever worked in London, and especially the media industry, you will see all these characters.

A show that will have you in stitches.
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Obviously I haven't seen the DVD which hasn't been released, but I saw the all too short series on TV. This was an hilarious piss take on the BBC, a real delight. Superbly realised, written and delivered by great acting. The characters are wonderful. It would even be funny with the sound turned off. I do hope we get a series two and . . . . .
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2015
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The BBC is a British institution like no other. You could compare it to the United States PBS, or Public Broadcasting System, but the BBC is bigger and stronger. When a satire of the BBC takes place, and is hilarious, we know we have a winner. The W1A is reference to the physical address of the BBC.

Hugh Bonneville plays Ian Fletcher, newly hired from an Olympic organizer of 2012. His job is that of Head of Value. No one really knows what that means, and that is the theme, fictitious artsy titles which means little but represents the organization. Ian is a nice guy, trying to do his job, he is warm and often funny and resourceful. He discovers quite quickly that much that is Communicated at BBC is double speak. Jason Watkins plays, Simon Howard, a director of something or other and such a good friend of 'Tony', the CEO. Monica Dolan plays Tracey Pritchard, the woman who seems she was born at the BBC and will die there. Jessica Hynes plays, Siobhan Sharpe, such an irritating woman who seems to be the PR spokesperson. What language she speaks is debatable. She grates on everyone's nerves. Sarah Parish plays Anna Rampton, the high and mighty Head of Better, who speaks little, seems to know what is going on, but lacks emotion. Nina Sosanya plays Lucy Freeman, the woman with soul who knows her job. She and Ian form a bond. Nina is the woman you see on almost every BBC production, and well we should. Many more characters, some funny, some not.

There are four episodes in Series one, and 5 episodes in Series two. Well, directed, very well acted. I found it very funny, some were irritating at times. Each episode has an incident that requires attention via one meeting after another. Portable bicycles play a big part in this series, and that was a plus. No idea how the BBC feels about this satire, I hope they have a sense of humor.

Recommended. prisrob 09-11-15
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