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David Tennant narrates W1A

W1A is a BBC Two series which is narrated by David Tennant and written by John Morton who also wrote Twenty Twelve.

W1A follows on from the highly successful Olympic's preparations comedy satire Twenty Twelve which starred Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes and Olivia Colman and was also narrated by David Tennant.

W1A (named after the BBC Broadcasting House postcode) again stars Hugh Bonneville as Ian Fletcher but this time he is Head of Values. Jessica Hynes appears as Siobhan Sharpe Brand BBC Consultant, Sarah Parrish as Anna Rampton Head of Output and Nina Sosanya as producer Lucy Freeman.

David Tennant is the comic narrator in the same style as he did for Twenty Twelve.

The first series of W1A started on Wednesday 19th March 2014 on BBC Two at 10pm.

The description of the series is:
'Ian Fletcher's task as Head of Values is to clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the BBC across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future.

Upon arrival, Ian feels that there is something very exciting about the BBC and that he is now at the centre of something genuinely important. The really exciting thing is to think that part of his job is to try to establish where that centre is and also exactly what it is in the centre of.'

A second series was filmed from January 2015 and was broadcast from Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 9pm on BBC Two.

A DVD of both series of W1A was released on DVD in the UK on Monday 18th May.

The third series (which was increased to 6 episodes) started on Monday 18th September 2017 at 10pm on BBC Two.

W1A Series Three DVD and a first to third series combination DVD was released in October 2017.

Synopsis of episode one of Series One of W1A
Synopsis of episode two of Series One of W1A
Synopsis of episode three of Series One of W1A
Synopsis of episode four of Series One of W1A

Synopsis of episode one of Series Two of W1A
Synopsis of episode two of Series Two of W1A
Synopsis of episode three of Series Two of W1A
Synopsis of episode four of Series Two of W1A

Synopsis of episode one of Series Three of W1A
Synopsis of episode two of Series Three of W1A
Synopsis of episode three of Series Three of W1A
Synopsis of episode four of Series Three of W1A
Synopsis of episode five of Series Three of W1A
Synopsis of episode six of Series Three of W1A

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November 2017
Episode five of W1A Season Three has its Canadian premiere tonight. Updated 21/11

Episode four of W1A Season Three has its Canadian premiere tonight. Updated 14/11

Episode three of W1A Season Three has its Canadian premiere tonight. Updated 7/11

W1A Season Three concludes tonight in Australia when episodes five and six are broadcast on on BBC First. Updated 4/11

Second episode of W1A Season Three has its Canadian premiere on BBC Canada. Updated 3/11


October 2017
Episodes three and four of W1A Series Three premiere in Australia tonight. Updated 28/10

W1A Season Three premieres in Canada on BBC Canada tonight. Updated 27/10

Sixth and final episode of the third series of W1A premieres tonight on BBC Two at 10pm. Updated 23/10

W1A Series Three premieres in Australia tonight. Updated 21/10

Preview clip from episode six of W1A which plays worldwide. Updated 17/10

iPlayer link (which works in the UK only) to watch episode six of W1A Series Three.
This is the episode which will have its television premiere next Monday (23rd).
The link is valid for 30 days. Updated 17/10

iPlayer link (which works in the UK only) to watch episode five of W1A Series Three.
The link is valid for 30 days. Updated 17/10

The fifth episode of the third series of W1A premieres on BBC Two tonight at 10pm. Updated 16/10

W1A Series Three DVD and a first to third series combination DVD are both released today. Updated 16/10

David Tennant, Broadchurch, Spy In The Wild and W1A have been nominated for National Television Awards 2018.
David Tennant has been nominated for the Drama Performance Award, Broadchurch for the Crime Drama Award, Spy In The Wild for the Factual Entertainment Award and W1A for the Comedy Award.
Voting is now open and closes at 11pm on Friday 27th October.
The winners will be announced at The O2 London on Tuesday 23rd January 2018. Updated 10/10

Fourth episode of the third series of W1A premieres on BBC Two at 10pm tonight. Updated 9/10

Preview clip from episode four of W1A. Updated 4/10

iPlayer link (which works in the UK only) to watch episode four of W1A Series Three.
This is the episode which will have its television premiere next Monday (9th).
The link is valid for 60 days. Updated 2/10

iPlayer link (which works in the UK only) to watch episode three of W1A Series Three.
The link is valid for 60 days. Updated 2/10

The third episode of the third series of W1A premieres on BBC Two at 10pm tonight. Updated 2/10


September 2017
A preview clip of the third episode of W1A (with David Tennant narration). Updated 26/9

Second episode of the third series of W1A premieres on BBC Two tonight at 10pm. Updated 25/9

Three clips from the second episode of W1A Series Three. Updated 19/9

iPlayer link to watch episode two of the third series of W1A.
This episode will not be broadcast on BBC Two until next Monday (25th).
The link is valid for 60 days and will only play in the UK. Updated 19/9

W1A Series Three DVD and a first to third series combination DVD to be released in October. Updated 19/9

iPlayer link to watch episode one of the third series of W1A.
The link is valid for 30 days and will only play in the UK. Updated 19/9

First episode of the third series of W1A premieres on BBC Two tonight at 10pm. Updated 18/9

A new W1A video called The Otters Have Died has been posted online. Updated 13/9

The trailer for Series Three of W1A has been posted to YouTube.
Unfortunately the trailer is not voiced by David Tennant. Updated 12/9

The first W1A Series Three video clip is posted online.
The new series starts next Monday (18th September) on BBC Two at 10pm. Updated 11/9


March 2017
David Tennant has voiced a new video titled W1A Does Red Nose Day 2017. Updated 19/3


February 2017
David Tennant has voiced a third W1A trailer for Red Nose Day. Updated 19/2

David Tennant has voiced another W1A trailer for Red Nose Day. Updated 15/2

Video of Comic Relief / W1A trailer voiced by David Tennant (which plays worldwide). Updated 13/2

David Tennant voiced a brief Red Nose Day / W1A trailer just before Let It Shine on BBC One tonight. Updated 11/2


January 2017
The BBC confirms that a third series of W1A will be broadcast this year.
Filming will start in February. Updated 25/1


2016
Current polls to vote for David Tennant and his projects. Updated 26/7

It was announced at a RTS panel that a new series of W1A is currently being written. Updated 28/1

October 2015
Australian premiere of episodes three and four of Series Two of W1A are on BBC First tonight. Updated 26/10

Australian premiere of episodes one and two of Series Two of W1A are on BBC First tonight. Updated 19/10

Australian premiere of episodes three and four of Series One W1A are on BBC First tonight. Updated 12/10

David Tennant, Broadchurch and W1A has been shortlisted for the National Television Awards. Voting is now open and ends at 11.59pm on Sunday 18th October. Updated 6/10

Australian premiere of W1A is on BBC First tonight. The first two episodes of Series One will be broadcast. Updated 5/10

September 2015
Unfortunately W1A did not win the Comedy Award at the TV Choice Awards as Benidorm won. Updated 7/9

TV Choice Awards are announced tonight: David Tennant, Broadchurch and W1A are nominated. David is 'expected' to attend. Updated 7/9

July 2015
BBC Canada has a W1A Series One mini marathon today. Updated 12/7

June 2015
David Tennant, Broadchurch and W1A are short listed in the TV Choice Awards 2015. Voting continues until midnight on Friday 10th July. Updated 30/6

Unfortunately W1A did not win the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015 for Comedy tonight as The Trip To Italy won instead. Updated 7/6

South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015 are announced tonight. W1A has been nominated for the Comedy Award. Updated 7/6

May 2015
David Tennant, Broadchurch, Doctor Who and W1A are nominated in the TV Choice Awards longlist.
David Tennant has been nominated for the Best Actor Award (for Broadchurch), Broadchurch has been nominated for the Best Drama Series Award and W1A is in the list for the Best Comedy Show Award.
Also Olivia Colman is nominated for the Best Actress Award for Broadchurch and Doctor Who for the Best Family Drama Award.
This round of the awards is open until midnight on Friday 5th June. Updated 19/5

W1A Series One and Two are released on DVD today in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Updated 18/5

Episode one of the second series of W1A is on BBC Canada tonight. Updated 15/5

Episode four of the second series of W1A premieres on BBC Two tonight at 10pm. Updated 14/5

Jessica Hynes won the Best Female Performance In A Comedy Award at BAFTA last night for W1A.
During the BAFTA ceremony a short clip of Broadchurch was shown in a montage of some of the greatest television moments of the past year. Updated 11/5

Episode four of the first series of W1A is on BBC Canada tonight. Updated 8/5

Episode three of the second series of W1A premieres on BBC Two at 10pm tonight. Updated 7/5

Episode three of first series of W1A is on BBC Canada tonight. Updated 1/5

April 2015
A new W1A video (with David Tennant narration) from episode two has been posted to YouTube. Updated 30/4

Episode two of the second series of W1A premieres on BBC Two tonight at 10pm. Updated 30/4

A clip from the episode two of Series Two of W1A (featuring narration by David Tennant) has been posted to YouTube. Updated 29/4

The first series of W1A starts broadcast on BBC Canada tonight. Updated 24/4

Daily Mail has a 4 star review of W1A amd uses the phrase 'David Tennant’s voiceover hitting the mark perfectly.' Updated 24/4

Daily Mail has a 4 star review of W1A amd uses the phrase 'David Tennant’s voiceover hitting the mark perfectly.' Updated 24/4

BBC has posted a new clip from W1A (with a brief David Tennant narration). Updated 23/4

The second series of W1A starts on BBC Two at 9pm tonight with a one hour special. That link includes two videos. Updated 23/4

The first series of W1A will be shown on BBC Canada from Friday. Updated 20/4

The Independent gives W1A a 4 star review including 'David Tennant's droll narration.' Updated 14/4

The Guardian has info about the changes in David Tennant's lines in W1A due to the Jeremy Clarkson issue. Updated 14/4

The first series of the David Tennant narrated comedy W1A has been nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award 2015 it was announced today. Updated 10/4

The second series of W1A starts on BBC Two on Thursday 23rd April with a one hour special. Updated 9/4

Hugh Bonnerville has been nominated for the BAFTA Male Performance In A Comedy Programme Award and Jessica Hynes for the BAFTA Female Performance In A Comedy Programme Award both for W1A. Updated 8/4

March 2015
The Guardian posts confirmation David Tennant will narrate the second series of W1A.
The series starts in April and the first episode will be an hour long. Updated 27/3

The first series of W1A will be released on DVD in the UK on Monday 25th May. Updated 24/3

The David Tennant narrated W1A won the Best Comedy / Entertainment Award at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards today. Updated 13/3

The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards are announced at lunchtime today. The David Tennant narrated W1A is nominated for the Best Comedy/ Entertainment Award. Updated 13/3

February 2015
The David Tennant narrated W1A has been nominated for Best Comedy/ Entertainment Award in the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. Updated 12/2

January 2015
The new series of W1A has started filming today at Broadcasting House (David Tennant narrated the last series). Updated 29/1

October 2014
David Tennant, The Escape Artist and W1A have been nominated in National Television Awards 2015 longlist. Updated 14/10

September 2014
A second series of W1A has been announced. (It seems likely that it will be narrated by David Tennant again.) Filming starts in January. Updated 15/9

May 2014
David Tennant has been nominated for Best Actor in TV Choice Awards long list and The Escape Artist for Best New Drama, plus W1A for Best Comedy.
Voting ends on 20th June. Updated 27/5

April 2014
The Telegraph thinks David Tennant's voiceover of W1A is one of its best points. Updated 13/4

All four episodes of W1A are now available on BBC iPlayer until 16th April (UK only). Updated 10/4

Sydney Morning Herald has a review of W1A and an appreciation of David Tennant's narration. W1A airs later this year in Australia. Updated 10/4

Radio Times review of episode four of W1A. Updated 9/4

Episode four of W1A premieres on BBC Two at 10pm tonight. This is the final episode in the series.
Synopsis (with no spoilers) of episode four of W1A including video clips of the episode. Updated 9/4

iPlayer link (UK only) for episode 3 of W1A. The link is valid for 7 days. Updated 3/4

The Guardian blog review of W1A includes 'when David Tennant's voiceover hits its mark, it's one of the funniest things on television.' Updated 2/4

W1A is a Radio Times Top TV Pick Today.
This link has their review and a preview clip. Updated 2/4

Episode three of W1A premieres on BBC Two tonight at 10pm.
A synopsis of the episode is here. Updated 2/4

March 2014
EntertainmentWise have posted a great review of episode two of W1A in general and David Tennant's narration in particular. Updated 27/3

iPlayer link for episode 2 of W1A. The link is valid until 16th April but for the UK only. Updated 27/3

W1A is one of Radio Times Top TV Picks For Today. Updated 26/3

Episode two of W1A premieres on BBC Two at 10pm tonight.
A synopsis of episode two (with no spoilers). Updated 26/3

A W1A mini episode was shown on Sport Relief with brief narration by David Tennant. Updated 21/3

iPlayer link (UK only) for episode one of W1A. The link is valid for 7 days. Updated 19/3

David Tennant's narration is 'the cherry on the cake' says Metro in its review of W1A. Updated 19/3

W1A is one of Radio Times Top TV Picks for today (with its review). Updated 19/3

Episode one of W1A premieres on BBC Two at 10pm tonight.
A synopsis of episode one of W1A (with no spoilers). Updated 19/3

An article by Londonist about W1A mentions 'David Tennant's deadpan delivery.' Updated 18/3

The Independent looks at W1A with the first quotes from David Tennant's narration. Updated 11/3

A trailer (without David Tennant's narration) for W1A has been posted to YouTube. It plays worldwide. Updated 10/3

Wednesday 19th March has been announced as the start date for W1A. Updated 6/3

The BBC have issued a press pack for the comedy W1A which David Tennant narrates (as he did for Twenty Twelve). Updated 4/3

January 2014
A TV Times writer has reported that David Tennant will narrate the Twenty Twelve follow-up W1A. Updated 31/1

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