While its star Hugh Bonneville will be busy this week promoting the new series of ITV period drama Downton Abbey, he will not have to look too far down his schedule for more confirmed work, with the confirmation that BBC’s BBC-based mockumentary W1A, which he also stars in, is to come back for a second season next year.
The spin-off of Olympic administrative mockumentary Twenty Twelve, W1A will add to its existing tally of 4 episodes in 2015, with Bonneville at the centre of it all as ‘Head of Values’ Ian Fletcher, facing a frustrating working environment whilst overseeing the renewal of the BBC Charter.
The series has no further casting announcements (such as whether Jessica Hynes and Olivia Coleman will reprise their continuing roles in the overarching story), but has been confirmed to be produced in-house as ever, premiering with a 60-minute special and following up with three more 30-minute episodes, for a total of 8 over 2 brief seasons (in addition to the 13 in 2 slightly longer seasons that Twenty Twelve had). Returning as a writer on the series is creator John Morton.
An official BBC statement on the unofficial behind-the-scenes of the BBC noted of the comedy: “Until the cameras roll, it won’t be known exactly what crisis will be averted or indeed where Ian’s desk will be. With charter renewal in 2016 getting ever closer, Ian’s job as Chair of the Way Ahead Task Force will be even more important than ever”.
Whether the series will continue to receive critical acclaim in its new run remains to be seen, but for now it’s confirmed as being back, so that’s all good then: