BBC Two has renewed their satirical series W1A for a second season, TVWise has learned.
W1A – a reference to the postcode area in which Broadcasting House is located – follows Ian Fletcher, former Head of the Olympic Deliverance Commission, taking up his next big job as the (fictional) Head of Values at the BBC.
The series, which was penned and directed by Jon Morton, was a spiritual successor to the channel’s popular comedy Twenty Twelve and starred Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Parish, Nina Sosanya, Rufus Jones, Simon Greenall and Karen Ascoe.
The show’s four-episode first season aired on BBC Two this past March to critical acclaim and strong viewing figures, with the series premiere drawing a consolidated audience of just under 2.5 million viewers. Four episodes have been ordered for season two, which will focus on the pending BBC charter renewal.
“There’s an all-too-painful yet comedic delight in John’s ability to pick away at the scab of modern corporate piffle and bureaucratic absurdity”, said Shane Allen, BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “We can’t wait to see what dysfunctional madness lies ahead for Ian Fletcher and colleagues in this sly fiction.”
While BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw added: “I can’t wait for the return of W1A next year. Brilliantly authored comedy, featuring some of our brightest talent, is central to BBC Two and this series, alongside the return of The Wrong Mans and new series Boy Meets Girl, the Javone Prince Show and the arrival of Backchat and Russell Howard’s Good News, demonstrates the exciting range of comedy we have coming up on the channel.”