Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two is pleased to announce details of the highly-anticipated comedy-thriller The Wrong Mans. This 6x30 series will be a co-production between BBC In-House Comedy and Hulu.
From BAFTA and Tony award-winning actor and writer James Corden (Gavin And Stacey, Doctor Who, One Man, Two Guvnors) and Mathew Baynton (Peep Show, Horrible Histories, Gavin And Stacey), the series centres on Sam (Baynton), and Phil (Corden), two lowly office workers who become caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy after Sam discovers a ringing phone at the scene of a horrific car crash.
Answering this phone turns his world upside down, as he and Phil soon realize it is up to them to step up and save the day. They are in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong skills. They are The Wrong Mans.
Mathew said: “James and I dreamt up The Wrong Mans during a break on the set of Gavin And Stacey four years ago. I’m excited to be working with the BBC and Hulu to finally make it a reality.”
Executive Producer, Mark Freeland, said: "We are trying to do a comedy with explosions, a lot of running about, murder, extortion, friendship and love. I cannot wait. But I’m glad I’m not doing the running about bit.”
The Wrong Mans was commissioned for BBC Two by Janice Hadlow and Cheryl Taylor, former Head of BBC Comedy Commissioning. It will be directed and produced by Jim Field Smith (Butter, She’s Out of My League, Episodes), co-written by James Corden and Matthew Baynton with Tom Basden and the script editor is Jeremy Dyson (The League Of Gentlemen).
The series is executive produced by Mark Freeland for BBC In-house Comedy and Hulu’s Charlotte Koh. Filming will commence in January 2013.
James and I dreamt up The Wrong Mans during a break on the set of Gavin And Stacey four years ago. I’m excited to be working with the BBC and Hulu to finally make it a reality."