David Tennant returns as narrator tonight for the third episode of the third series of W1A on BBC Two at 10 pm.

Episode Summary

Following on from an item on BBC Breakfast about plans to close the BBC Big Swing Band, the damage limitation team under Ian Fletcher is under huge pressure to limit the damage.

A twitter campaign led by Jools Holland, #JeSuisBigSwingb and #boycottBBC, is gathering support from music royalty such as Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Tom Jones and Bono. And as the much-loved Big Swing bandleader Ray Fredericks is both black and 75, there are a growing number of accusations of discrimination and ageism.

BBC News outlets are keen to report the latest developments but exacerbate the problem when Syncopatico, the new News subtitling software, continues to systematically misspell the names of the key players involved – including Jools Holland.

GARD Pro Not Registered

It is felt that an appearance from one of the BBC senior management team on the News at One would be a helpful way of clarifying the BBC’s position – but when Head of Better Anna Rampton (Sarah Parish) unexpectedly rules herself out, it falls to Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) to face the music.

Meanwhile, the campaign to launch new online platform BBC Me continues and ex-intern Will Humphries is still standing at his station in reception trying to persuade passing celebrities to record themselves saying ‘me’ into his phone.

Catch-up on iPlayer

If you missed episode one and two you can catch them now on BBC iPlayer.

For more on W1A see our previous pages.

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