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

Tonight the renewal group led by head of values Ian Fletcher has to respond to rumours that Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is about to leave the BBC for a rival broadcaster. Is there a way of preventing this happening? When they offer a hosting job on On Your Bike, a new interview format, it looks like they might have found a solution.

W1A - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows: L-R Ian Fletcher (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Anna Rampton (SARAH PARISH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
W1A – Episode: n/a (No. 5) – Picture Shows: L-R Ian Fletcher (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Anna Rampton (SARAH PARISH) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes

Meanwhile, ex-intern Will’s attempts to get a celebrity face to help launch BBC Me, the new online platform, have come back to bite him and the BBC. The celebrity in question thought they were being asked to pose for a selfie and didn’t realise they were being used to endorse a viral campaign and consequently the BBC finds itself on the receiving end of a million-pound lawsuit. Will’s job looks to be in serious danger.

W1A - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows: L-R Ben and Jerry's leaving do. Simon Harwood (JASON WATKINS), David Wilkes (RUFUS JONES), Anna Rampton (SARAH PARISH), Neil Reid (DAVID WESTHEAD), Ian Fletcher (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
W1A – Episode: n/a (No. 5) – Picture Shows: L-R Ben and Jerry’s leaving do. Simon Harwood (JASON WATKINS), David Wilkes (RUFUS JONES), Anna Rampton (SARAH PARISH), Neil Reid (DAVID WESTHEAD), Ian Fletcher (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Lucy Freeman (NINA SOSANYA) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Jack Barnes

With the charter renewal process requiring the BBC to show they can do more for less, head of news Neil Reid is asked to see whether his main news presenters would consider doubling up and presenting the weather forecast as well. And in a landscape where leaving parties are becoming increasingly frequent, Ben and Jerry discover that their jobs have been ‘re-imagined as non-existing going forward’.

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If you missed episode 1-4 you can catch them now on BBC iPlayer. Episode 6 premieres October 23rd.

For more on W1A see our previous pages.

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