Tea Time Tidbit for the week of March 30, 2020

We hope you’re enjoying W1A, the latest addition to our Afternoon Tea line-up.

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The creator of the series, John Morton, has reportedly managed to make the situations at his fictional Broadcasting House “close enough to the real thing to be completely believable.” In fact, actress Jessica Hynes, who plays PR person Siobhan Sharpe in the series, was surprised to discover that her character’s phrase “Let’s nail this puppy to the floor!” was actually being used in the BBC newsroom! Hynes also learned that Siobhan is a recognizable character who irritates people on a daily basis.

Despite some of the similarities between the fictional BBC and the BBC for which the actors who appear in the show actually work, Haynes confesses she feels “a swell of pride when [she] arrives at Broadcasting House and gets her pass stamped “Staff.”

The character of Siobhan originally appeared in another John Morton comedy series, Twenty Twelve, a “mockumentary” about the organization of the 2012 Summer Olympics. It first aired in 2011 and also starred Hugh Bonneville’s W1A character, Ian Fletcher.

As far as Bonneville is concerned, the BBC acted very courageously when they decided to air a series that spoofs their organization.

“I do think it’s brave of the BBC to make this,” said Bonneville. “What other broadcasting organization would screen this without any editorial interference?”

Bonneville went onto add that he would “defend the BBC to my dying day. Public service broadcasting is an essential part of our society.” We couldn’t agree more.

W1A runs weekday afternoons at 3:30pm.

To contact Heather:
E-mail: heather@mpt.org
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