SATIRICAL comedy W1A has returned for a third series and is back on the BBC tonight.
The star-studded show boasts an impressive cast, who have joined up again to come back for another venture into the crazy world of a fictional BBC. Here’s the lowdown…
When is W1A on the BBC?
The new series of W1A continues tonight (Monday October 9) at 10pm on BBC Two.
Season three will consist of six episodes.
The third episode goes head-to-head with the News At Ten on BBC One and ITV, First Dates on Channel 4 and Shark Attack on Channel 5.
The previous two series are unfortunately not available on BBC iPlayer, but is available for purchase on the BBC online store.
What is W1A about?
W1A follows the life of Ian Fletcher, who works at the BBC as the “head of values” – a role that requires him to redefine the entire BBC brand.
It’s explained by character Anna Rampton as: “Putting what we do best front and centre and about identifying better ways of doing less of it more.”
Working in an office with a crew of wacky co-workers, the show tracks how the team deal with day-to-day issues that are thrown at them.
It is technically a spin-off show of the series Twenty Twelve – which followed the same characters through the London Olympic games.
Who’s in the cast and who do they play?
The cast of W1A serves as a ‘who’s who’ of British television – with nearly all the actors having a well-established background and a string of successful TV appearances.
Hugh Bonneville (Ian Fletcher)
Hugh Bonneville is most known for his role as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in smash-hit period drama, Downton Abbey.
However, his acting career is nearly 27 years old, and he has appeared in a series of short-lived shows, including The Vet, Married for Life and The Robinsons.
He has also amassed a series of acclaimed theatre roles.
For his part as Ian Fletcher, Hugh earned two nods from the BAFTA TV awards for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2015 and 2016, but he won neither.
Jessica Hynes (Siobhan Sharpe)
Jessica Hynes rose to fame as the co-writer and star of Spaced alongside Simon Pegg.
The show ran for two series, and despite finishing in 2001, has amassed a dedicated cult following thanks to its use of pop culture homages and references throughout the twelve episodes.
Since then, Jessica reunited with Simon for his breakout film Shaun of the Dead, playing his far more clued-up counterpart in the midst of a zombie apocalypse in 2004.
Between the years of 1998-2010, Jessica starred in the much-loved sitcom The Royle Family, playing the ever dieting-but-failing and lovable neighbour Cheryl.
As well as W1A, she is also cast as job adviser Marv in the online sitcom series Jack and Dean of All Trades, which has just wrapped filming on its second series.
For her role as Siobhan, she bagged the titled of Best Female Comedy Performance at the TV BAFTAs in 2015.
Sarah Parish (Anna Rampton)
Sarah Parish starred alongside Amanda Holden in the hairdresser-based drama Cutting It from 2002 – 2005.
Since then she has become a recognisable face after appearing in a string of hit TV shows, including Broadchurch, Mistresses and Trollied.
She has also featured in a series of blockbusters including The Holiday with Kate Winslet and The Wedding Date.
Sarah has been married to fellow actor and Cutting It co-star James Murray since December 2007, and they have two children together.
Ophelia Lovebond (Izzy Gould)
Opehelia has a host of credits in successful TV and film roles.
She appeared in the gritty gangster drama 184.108.40.206 in 2010, a year after appearing in John Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy.
In the US, she became a household name next to Jonny Lee Miller by acting alongside him in their New York based Sherlock adaptation, Elementary.
She is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Carina – featuring in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Monica Dolan (Tracey Pritchard)
Monica Dolan has featured in a series of cult-classics, taking on the role of Tess Wall in the TV Adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and acting as several characters in Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories.
Most recently, she appeared in an episode of the latest series of Death in Paradise, which aired this year.
She has also taken on small but important roles in successful independent films including Never Let Me Go, where she played Nurse, and Tommy’s Mum in Kickass 2.