Comedy. In the year of charter renewal, head of values Ian Fletcher is tasked with identifying what the BBC does best and finding more ways of doing less of it better.
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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|Jack Patterson||Jonathan Bailey|
|Ryan Chelford||Ben Batt|
|Barney Lumsden||Alex Beckett|
|Ian Fletcher||Hugh Bonneville|
|Jens Smit||Kare Conradi|
|Tracey Pritchard||Monica Dolan|
|Karl Marx||Joel Fry|
|Jerry Guildencrantz||Ivan Gonzalez|
|Siobhan Sharpe||Jessica Hynes|
|Matt Taverner||Daniel Ings|
|David Wilkes||Rufus Jones|
|Izzy Gould||Ophelia Lovibond|
|Ben Rosenstern||Max Olesker|
|Anna Rampton||Sarah Parish|
|Coco Lomax||Sara Pascoe|
|Clive Cook||Derek Riddell|
|Michael Chung||Will Sharpe|
|Will Humphries||Hugh Skinner|
|Lucy Freeman||Nina Sosanya|
|Simon Harwood||Jason Watkins|
|Neil Reid||David Westhead|
|Executive Producer||Jon Plowman|