Episode 1

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Episode 1 of 4

Duration: 30 minutes

With the London games of Twenty Twelve successfully delivered, Ian Fletcher starts a new chapter in his life as head of values at the BBC. Ian's first challenge on arriving at New Broadcasting House, on his brand new and much-improved folding bike, is to find somewhere to sit in a building aggressively over-designed around the principle of not having a desk.

Ian finds himself holding the hottest of hot potatoes when Mebyan Kernow activist Nigel Trescott complains that Cornwall, and the Cornish, are shamefully under-represented on the BBC. Things get worse when BBC Spotlight South West presenter Sally Wingate goes public with her feeling that her failure to progress to a national presenting role might be part of the BBC's institutionally anti-Cornish bias. Ideas of how best to limit the damage lead to PR company Perfect Curve's Siobhan Sharpe suggesting Sally should do something on Snog, Marry, Avoid or some kind of Bake Off.

Meanwhile, producer Lucy Freeman is having meetings with head of output Anna Rampton and entertainment format creative David Wilkes about a forthcoming new flagship show - Britain's Tastiest Village - which, according to David, is 'kind of Britain's Got Talent meets Countryfile with a bit of The One Show thrown in just in case'. Anna wants a progress report and there's good news and bad news. They've virtually got Alan Titchmarsh on board now, but the very bad news is that it looks like they've lost Clare Balding - 'words you never ever want to hear' - as the dates of How Big Is Your Dog, a new show she's doing for ITV, have changed at the last minute.

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Credits

Ian Fletcher
Hugh Bonneville
Siobhan Sharpe
Jessica Hynes
Simon Harwood
Jason Watkins
Tracey Pritchard
Monica Dolan
Will Humphries
Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman
Nina Sosanya
Anna Rampton
Sarah Parish
Neil Reid
David Westhead
Narrator
David Tennant
Herself
Carol Vorderman
David Wilkes
Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould
Ophelia Lovibond
Jack Patterson
Jonathan Bailey
Ben Rosenstern
Max Olesker
Jerry Guildencrantz
Ivan Gonzalez
Nigel Trescott
Simon Greenall
Sally Wingate
Karen Ascoe
Adam Brady
Laurence Howarth
Waiter
Emil Lager
Producer
Paul Schlesinger
Director
John Morton
Writer
John Morton

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