While the world carefully watches the historic “Yes Scotland” vs. “Better Together” vote this coming Thursday that will determine if Scotland is to remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent country, there is another extraordinarily critical issue on the table that is just around the corner and, most likely, going virtually unnoticed. The 2016 BBC Charter Renewal is inching ever so close with the ultimate outcome quite possibly in the hands of Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville), the BBC’s Head of Values. Fletcher will, once again, solicit the help of Siobhan Sharpe’s PR agency Perfect Curve and their “high standards of clarity and presentational skills when it comes to the key issues facing the Corporation.” As the former Head of the Olympic Deliverance Commission, Fletcher brings immeasurable skill and talents to his position as Chair of the The Way Ahead Task Force BBC’s Head of Values when W1A returns for a second series.
A very ecstatic Fletcher commented on his return, “I am very happy to have the cameras back. Being Head of Values is all about re-setting the dial for the BBC and perhaps about shining a new light on that dial, or at least shining the old light but with a new bulb, so none of us can be in any doubt where the dial is or can have any excuse for not being able to read what it says.”
While series 1 will finally find its way to public television beginning in January 2015, Series 2 will begin filming around that same time and will again be made up of four episodes, comprised of one hour long program and three, thirty-minute programs as was series 1. For those trying to do the math in your heads, not to worry as should there be a series 6 of Downton Abbey, filming will end in plenty of time for Bonneville to shift gears and head back to the mid-1920’s in his role as Lord Grantham.
Already lined up for the series 2 return will be Bonneville, Hynes, Sarah Parish (Breathless) and Jason Watkins (Being Human, Trollied). Everyones favorite Traveling Time Lord, David Tennant, will return to narrate. Look for W1A on both BBC2 and public television in the States in 2015.