Tonight on BBC Two, it’s W1A…
In 2012, Ian Fletcher’s job was simple. As Head of Deliverance for the Olympic Deliverance Commission (ODC), he was tasked to organize the 2012 London Summer Olympics. In 2014, Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) has a really big task facing ahead of him. His job is to clarify, define, or re-define, the core purpose of the BBC across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future, in particular for License Fee Renegotiation and Charter Renewal in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Piece of cake, right?
The post of Head of Values 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 doesn’t him take long to realize that not only does he not have time to think big thoughts, he never has time to think any thoughts at all.
Following Fletcher to the BBC will be several of his former Twenty Twelve co-workers. Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes) as Brand Consultant and Simon Harwood (Jason Watkins) as Director of Strategic Governance. Airing tonight on BBC Two, there are those on this side of the Atlantic waiting to hear how it plays out. UK readers…don’t be shy.
FYI, Twenty Twelve will be airing on a number of public television stations beginning in April. Let’s hope for the same for W1A in the not-too-distant future.