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Episode 1

W1A, Series 3 Episode 1 of 6

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' 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.

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30 minutes

Last on

Fri 22 Sep 2017 22:15
BBC Two Northern Ireland

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Role Contributor
Jack PattersonJonathan Bailey
Ryan ChelfordBen Batt
Barney LumsdenAlex Beckett
Ian FletcherHugh Bonneville
Jens SmitKare Conradi
Tracey PritchardMonica Dolan
Karl MarxJoel Fry
Jerry GuildencrantzIvan Gonzalez
Siobhan SharpeJessica Hynes
Matt TavernerDaniel Ings
David WilkesRufus Jones
Izzy GouldOphelia Lovibond
Ben RosensternMax Olesker
Anna RamptonSarah Parish
Coco LomaxSara Pascoe
Clive CookDerek Riddell
Michael ChungWill Sharpe
Will HumphriesHugh Skinner
Lucy FreemanNina Sosanya
Simon HarwoodJason Watkins
Neil ReidDavid Westhead
NarratorDavid Tennant
ParticipantGary Lineker
ParticipantAlan Shearer
ProducerPaul Schlesinger
DirectorJohn Morton
WriterJohn Morton
Executive ProducerJon Plowman

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Ian Fletcher

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