A couple of weeks ago, cruising Netflix, I stumbled on a British comedy series I hadn’t heard of, and I watched three seasons in a matter of days, laughing and laughing.
It’s called W1A, and it’s a BBC series about the BBC. A sendup of contemporary office culture, the way people speak, how work gets done (and doesn’t), corporate reorganizational nonsense, and even furniture fads.
The central character, Ian Fletcher, is played by Lord Grantham I mean Hugh Bonneville. Tons of familiar faces from other British programs, plus many actors that are new to me, plus cameos by movie stars, musicians, etc. It’s sometimes hard for my ear to catch everything that’s said (the use of language is a big part of the humor), so I turn the captions on. It’s a hoot.
Oh and also, you’ll recognize the narrator, I think.
In writing this post, I learned that W1A is a sequel to another series about the Ian Fletcher character, Twenty Twelve. So that’s something to chase down and look forward to.
P.S. Thanks to reader Victoria from London for this piece on 12 times the BBC was more ridiculous than W1A.