Sarah Parish pokes fun at the BBC

TV star Sarah Parish has confessed she enjoyed poking fun at the BBC on new mockumentary W1A, a three-part comedy which starts on BBC2 on Wednesday 19 March.

Sarah joins Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes in the follow-up to the BBC comedy about organising the London Olympics, which sees Bonneville’s character Ian Fletcher now working for the BBC.

Sarah, who plays Anna Rampton, Head of Output, laughed: “I loved it, it’s great adapting to a different world as an actor, it’s a lot of fun. And as an actor, I do a lot of work at the BBC [Merlin, Mistresses] so it’s nice to poke a little bit of fun at the BBC in a very nice way. It’s quite rewarding.”

“I don’t think it’s going to do any harm,” Sarah added. “ It’s a little love story that we’re giving them, we’re not slagging them off, we’re just gently poking.”

The series was filmed on location at Broadcasting House in London, and Sarah joked she wasn’t sure who were extras for the show and who were real BBC staff.

“Filming in the BBC building has been brilliant, because it just gets you into that feel and character straight away,” said Sarah.

“They kind of look at us in a bit of an odd way because they know what we’re doing – we’re filming a satire about them, so they’re probably a little bit suspicious. But they’ve been very accommodating.”

And Sarah admitted the corporate jargon her character uses in the show was all too familiar to her.

“Some of the things we say in the meeting scenes I have heard said at real meetings. Those meetings that go on for hours and hours and nothing’s ever resolved, and yards and yards of red tape everywhere. It’s very recognisable.”