W1A Series Three, Episode Four ~ Review

Another hilarious instalment of BBC Two’s W1A and the Damage Limitation Team are under pressure, as usual to avert a crisis. Here are a few highlights:

  1. Anna’s in an ambulance (yes, exactly yes) ~ The previous week’s episode saw Anna Rampton pass out in the black cab in on their return journey to the BBC. Whether her sudden interest in cycling has taken its toll or whether its a cunning move on her part given the latest scandal regarding the BBC Big Band axing – we don’t know. The fact is she probably doesn’t know, either. However, before long she’s back at the helm and being faced with the prospect of appearing on the Lunchtime News!
  2. Lunchtime News ~ The Lunchtime News (which doesn’t really exist according to Neil – he’s quick to correct ‘know it all’ Simon) is to be the platform for Sophie Raworth to interview Anna about the axing of the BBC Big Band. This means a plan of action needs to be made by the Damage Limitation Team and all they seem worried about is how much time they have left to make a plan. Plus the meeting is disrupted by Ben and Jerry each going for interviews for their own jobs.
  3. BBC Me ~ Will is lurking in Reception and unsuccessful in his mission to capture celebrities passing by and engage them in the BBC Me super selfie scheme. His attempt to ask Brian Cox is met with the cold shoulder. However, he soon finds a willing candidate in David, who takes it all too seriously. Plus when the footage is viewed by a curious Izzy and Jack, a face pops up who may be unfamiliar to nice but dim, Will – but is certainly known to everyone else. It’s Hugh Grant!
  4. Anna’s in an ambulance AGAIN (yes, exactly yes) ~ Whether it’s another attempt to avoid a sticky situation (i.e. the Lunchtime News which isn’t really the Lunchtime News) or the sight of Ian and Lucy together, is unclear. However, what is clear is the glass door that Anna manages to collide headlong with and she is reunited with the Paramedic from her earlier ambulance requirement! Garbling all sorts about a ‘trip to the continent’ and asking Ian to “take that skirt off” – she’s “talking garbage” according to unhelpful Siobhan. This time, she’s carted off to hospital, flanked by a bewildered Faiza Rajah.
  5. Fletcher to the rescue ~ The big moment arrives, there’s not even eight minutes left to make a plan and with a nudge from Lucy, Ian saves the day yet again. Informing a dismissive Sophie Raworth that the BBC Big Band will be part of BBC Me. Phew!
Jack Patterson Jonathan Bailey
Ian Fletcher Hugh Bonneville
Faiza Rajah Priyanga Burford
Paramedic Laura Checkley
Tracey Pritchard Monica Dolan
Jerry Guildencrantz Ivan Gonzalez
Adam Brady Laurence Howarth
Siobhan Sharpe Jessica Hynes
David Wilkes Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould Ophelia Lovibond
Ben Rosenstern Max Olesker
Anna Rampton Sarah Parish
Fiona Craig Pooky Quesnel
Will Humphries Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman Nina Sosanya
Simon Harwood Jason Watkins
Neil Reid David Westhead
AFM Ben Ashenden
Himself Brian Cox
Interviewer Sophie Raworth
Himself Hugh Grant
Producer Paul Schlesinger
Director John Morton
Writer John Morton
Executive Producer Jon Plowman

Catch up with the episode here: W1A






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