David Tennant and the gang return tonight for the second episode of the third series of W1A on BBC Two at 10 pm.

In tonight’s episode cross-dressing ex-Premier League footballer Ryan Chelford’s appearance on a late-night, midweek edition of Match of the Day did not go well. Host Gary Lineker and pundit Alan Shearer were literally lost forwords. But the BBC in general and, in his role as head of values Ian Fletcher in particular, are under pressure to find an on-screen role for Ryan as quickly as possible. A summit meeting is arranged to include heads of football, inclusivity and a late curve ball in the shape of head of diversity to try and find a solution to a problem that is getting increasing attention on social media.

W1A - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 2) - Picture Shows: L-R Ryan Chelford (BEN BATT), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
W1A – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 2) – Picture Shows: L-R Ryan Chelford (BEN BATT), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes

To complicate matters, Fiona Craig, the senior civil servant with responsibility for charter renewal negotiations, is visiting the BBC to see what a normal day in the life of the corporation looks like.

Meanwhile, the campaign to launch user-generated content platform BBC Me gathers pace with David Wilkes still keen to take ownership of the idea he originally borrowed from ex-intern Will Humphries.

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W1A - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 2) - Picture Shows: L-R Faiza Rajah (PRIYANGA BURFORD), Ryan Chelford (BEN BATT), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
W1A – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 2) – Picture Shows: L-R Faiza Rajah (PRIYANGA BURFORD), Ryan Chelford (BEN BATT), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes

If you missed episode one you can catch it now on BBC iPlayer. Episode 3 premieres October 2nd.

For more on W1A see our previous pages.

Cast and Crew

Jack Patterson — Jonathan Bailey
Ryan Chelford — Ben Batt
Ian Fletcher — Hugh Bonneville
Faiza Rajah — Priyanga Burford
Tracey Pritchard — Monica Dolan
Jerry Guildencrantz — Ivan Gonzalez
Siobhan Sharpe — Jessica Hynes
David Wilkes — Rufus Jones
Izzy Gould — Ophelia Lovibond
Chloe — Rose Matafeo
Ben Rosenstern — Max Olesker
Anna Rampton — Sarah Parish
Fiona Craig — Pooky Quesnel
Clive Cook — Derek Riddell
Zoe — Emma Sidi
Will Humphries — Hugh Skinner
Lucy Freeman — Nina Sosanya
Simon Harwood — Jason Watkins
Neil Reid — David Westhead
Narrator — David Tennant
Producer — Paul Schlesinger
Director — John Morton
Writer — John Morton
Executive Producer — Jon Plowman

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