BBC sitcom W1A predicts the future

BBC sitcom W1A predicts the future

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By Ed Gove,
Tuesday, 19th January 2016
BBC, W1A, Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes
The cast of W1A (Credit: BBC)

Ahead of the behind the scenes look at popular BBC sitcom W1A, we look back at our four favourite W1A moments that actually came true. 



W1A: In an early morning news bulletin, the BBC News desk ran a picture of Sting’s wife Trudie Styler, instead of a picture of President Assad’s wife, Asma al-Assad. 

Real Life: During a BBC News Broadcast about digital music streaming, the BBC interviewed the wrong person. Mistaking member of the public Guy Goma, who was waiting for a job interview in BBC reception for digital expert Guy Kewney, they brought the wrong man to the studio and attempted to interviewed him live on air.


BBC Breakfast with Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid (Credit: BBC)

W1A: A BBC Newsnight presenter was criticised for wearing clothes deemed “inappropriately watchable”, which lead to the hashtag, #kneesnight and to her legs getting their own Twitter page.

Real Life: BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid attracted a media storm after accidentally revealing her underwear live on television twice in three months as she crossed her legs. The event was later dubbed a ‘Basic Instinct incident’.




W1A: PR Guru Siobhan Sharpe proposed the elimination of the letters 'BBC' from the BBC logo, claiming that there were too many letters in it – something they designated “un-appy.”

Real Life: BBC Three was recently rebranded to remover the number three from the title of the title and replace it with two lines and an exclamation mark. The BBC's Nikki Carr claimed “we needed a whole new system that fits the digital world, not something analogue shoehorned into it.”

She added “We needed to develop something that worked on a TV screen and as an app icon. Look at Snapchat. They’re doing okay without having Snapchat as their logo.”

BBC ||! recently released this lighthearted video featuring a frustrated BBC exec turning to W1A for inspiration. 


Lovely Clare Balding is the host of Wimbledon 2Day (Credit: BBC)

W1A: PR company Perfect Curve proposed changes to the broadcaster’s coverage of Wimbledon tennis. Among the suggested changes were the introduction of a ‘player’s girlfriends’ box’ hosted by the BBC’s Graham Norton, and changing the name to BBC Win-bledon, so as to exaggerate the competitive element.

Real Life: The BBC altered its coverage of the popular Wimbledon tennis by changing the popular end-of-day tennis round up Today at Wimbledon to a more informal show called Wimbledon 2Day which is hosted by Clare Balding and takes place at a winebar. The show also features whimsical clips such as babies playing tennis alongside the more traditional tennis highlights.


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Ahead of the behind the scenes look at popular BBC sitcom W1A, we look back at our four favourite W1A moments that actually came true.