Hugh Bonneville to star in Twenty Twelve follow-up, W1A

Hugh BonnevilleBBC Two will air a follow-up to the award-winning comedy Twenty Twelve.

W1A, which is not a sequel, will see Hugh Bonneville’s character, Ian Fletcher, taking up his next big job as Head of Values at the BBC. Twenty Twelve, the BAFTA winning series, aired in the build-up the London 2012 Olympic Games.

His new role sees him tasked with looking at the ‘core purpose’ of the corporation ahead of the Licence Fee Regeneration and Charter Renewal in a few years.

W1A will see new characters and new situations the BBC say, but will follow the progress of Siobhan Sharpe, played by Jessica Hynes, the fictional PR guru behind the Olympics.

John Morton will write and direct W1A, as he did with Twenty Twelve. Morton says: “The key principle is to operate at a level of reality just to the left or the right of fact, to create stories that haven’t actually happened but that could happen or might have happened.“

Controller of BBC Two Janice Hadlow says: “Twenty Twelve was one of BBC Two’s stand out comedy hits last year and I’m absolutely thrilled that John Morton and the fantastic off-screen team are coming together again as well as some of our most loved characters from the first series.”

W1A was commissioned by Janice Hadlow and Controller of Comedy Shane Allen. BBC Two will air the four 30 minute minute episodes in 2014.

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