Strong start for The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans has become BBC Two's highest rating comedy launch since Ricky Gervais' Extras in 2005.

According to overnight figures, an average audience of 3.1m tuned in for Tuesday's opening episode of the comedy created by and starring James Corden and Mathew Baynton.

The half-hour programme also claimed a 13.5% share of viewing, beating ITV1's Being Paul Gascoigne which had an 8.8% share and was watched by 2m.

A BBC comedy co-production with US streaming service Hulu, The Wrong Mans is produced and directed by Jim Field Smith.

It awoke to largely positive reviews on Wednesday.

The Telegraph hailed its 'fizzing script', while The Mirror described it as 'hugely confident, well-plotted and hilarious'.

Spoofing everything from The Office to Tarantino, The Mail called it a 'fest of geek comedy with enough laughs to give you indigestion'.

But the Guardian was 'not convinced', referring to its humour as 'pretty crude'.

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