The third series of the award winning sitcom W1A airs tonight, with Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes returning to the roles of Ian Fletcher and Siobhan Sharp, and David Tennant back on voiceover duties. The spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary is a follow up to the acclaimed series Twenty Twelve and follows characters from that show as the move into new roles in the BBC. The six episode series was written and directed by John Morton and the cast also includes Jason Watkins, Nina Sosanya, Sara Pascoe, Sarah Parish, Jonathan Bailey, Hugh Skinner and Monica Dolan.
Series 3 Episode 1
It is the year of charter renewal and a critical time for the BBC. The renewal group under head of values Ian Fletcher is tasked with identifying what the BBC does best and finding more ways of doing less of it better.
A new challenge comes in the shape of a Channel 4 documentary about a cross-dressing ex Premier League footballer Ryan Chelford, which alleges that the BBC rejected Ryan as a potential pundit on Match of the Day because of his unconventional private life. The fact is he was auditioned and it turned out he was not very good. In the face of a huge groundswell of public support for Ryan Chelford and the need for the BBC to appear inclusive, Ian and his team have to find a presenting role for Ryan while not forcing the hand of the BBC's flagship sports show.
Over in the Perfect Curve PR office, things have changed. They have been bought by media giant Fun Media, who are keen to come up with new ideas for their BBC account. Siobhan Sharpe is equally keen to take credit for the result of their latest brainstorming - the idea for a new online platform called BBC Me - a new home for user-generated content. After all, according to Siobhan, conventional television is dead.
Meanwhile, newly promoted junior development producer Will Humphries's idea for a new interview format On Your Bike is in danger of being appropriated by commissioning editor daytime factuality David Wilkes and pitched to the head of TV output as The Great British Bike Off.
Guest stars in this episode include Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.
Watch tonight at 10pm BST on BBC Two.
Viewers in Northern Ireland will see the episode on Friday 22nd September at 10pm on BBC Two