W1A renewed for second series on BBC

Hugh Bonneville is set to return as Head of Values Ian Fletcher

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BBC meta-drama W1A is to return for a second series, the broadcaster announced today.

John Morton’s comedy, starring Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes, is set to hit TV screens in 2015.

A follow-up to Bafta Award-winning Twenty Twelve, which tracked the organisation the London Olympics, the mockumentary is being produced by BBC in-house comedy.

The second series will kick off with a 60 minute episode, followed by three 30 minute instalments. Audiences can again expect to see Head of Values Ian Fletcher, played by Bonneville, going about  his “day-to-day problem creating and solving abilities”.

And with Charter Renewal in 2016 edging ever nearer, Ian's role as Chair of the Way Ahead Task Force will prove vital.

The cast of the BBC satire W1A, overseen by the quizzical eyes of Frankie Howerd

Fletcher said: “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.”

Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning, said: “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. We can't wait to see what dysfunctional madness lies ahead for Ian Fletcher and colleagues in this sly fiction.”

Further details are yet to be released.