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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.

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 35 minutes
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 18 May 2015
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Nielsen on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N Leach on 28 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hamish Adam TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2015
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K9 on 15 May 2015
Format: DVD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By robinh on 27 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
After the brilliant Twenty Twelve, I thought we had seen the last of Ian Flectcher but thank goodness they brought him back. The character is an absolute delight. Hugh Bonnerville has a unrivaled knack for looking baffeled by the goings on in the heart of the BBC and thats where the true comedy lies. One thing I always enjoy is the comedy comes from words and situations. It doesnt rely on slapstick and "Cut Away Gags" like so many comedies seem to these days. So glad series 2 has been confirmed. Hopefully it will be extended to 6 episode or more as I simply cant get enough.
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By Rich TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2015
Format: DVD
Anyone who has worked in an office in recent times should enjoy this series. There is just so much of the modern office environment that is deserving of parody and is superbly captured here; hot desking, pointless meetings, management jargon, people promoted to their first rung of incompetence, etc. The cast is spot on in capturing this madness and there is so much here that brings home just how ridiculous is today's workplace.
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