BBC Two comedy thriller The Wrong Mans begins filming second series

We're thrilled to be bringing The Wrong Mans back to the BBC, who along with Hulu have supported the show so passionately. This new series is bigger and bolder and presumably a total nightmare for our director. If series one was the frying pan, this is the fire.James Corden and Mathew Baynton
Date: 22.08.2014     Last updated: 22.08.2014 at 11.14
Category: BBC Two; Comedy
  • The BBC and Hulu co-produced series will debut on BBC Two and exclusively in the US on Hulu and Hulu Plus

Filming has recently started on the second series of the in-house produced BBC Two and Hulu’s critically acclaimed comedy The Wrong Mans, created by and starring BAFTA and Tony Award-winning actor James Corden (One Man Two Guvnors, Gavin And Stacey, The History Boys) and British Comedy Award-winner Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Peep Show, Gavin And Stacey).

They star as office workers Phil Bourne and Sam Pinkett, whose hum-drum existence was turned upside-down by a case of mistaken identity. The show is produced and directed by BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Jim Field Smith (Episodes, Butter, She’s Out Of My League).

Sam (Mathew Baynton) and Phil (James Corden) are on an international quest to prove once again they are The Wrong Mans. This time round the hapless friends find themselves in deeper, darker danger than ever before. After earning their status as hometown heroes, Sam and Phil are blasted back to zeroes again. Now they must make a difficult choice; hide in the dark and be forgotten forever or brave it in a world that doesn't even think they exist.

Their globetrotting adventures take them across deserts, through tunnels, inside prisons, on board planes and trains, as they duck knives, dodge bullets and deal with WMDs. But the cartels, the terrorists and the spooks they encounter have underestimated Sam and Phil's determination to get home for Christmas and reclaim their lives.

The show's creators and co-stars, James Corden and Mathew Baynton, said: “We're thrilled to be bringing The Wrong Mans back to the BBC, who along with Hulu have supported the show so passionately. This new series is bigger and bolder and presumably a total nightmare for our director. If series one was the frying pan, this is the fire."

Director and producer Jim Field Smith added: "I'm really looking forward to putting Mat and James through even more pain and violence than last time. Sorry, I mean Sam and Phil."

This time Mat and James are joined by a stellar international cast that includes Anastasia Griffith (Damages) as Miller, an ambitious DEA Special Agent on the trail of Mexican drug kingpin Carlos Espinosa, portrayed by Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto) alongside John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm) as his unscrupulous attorney Kinsmann. Olivier Award-winner Bertie Carvel (Matilda, Doctor Who, Sherlock) stars in the role of Nathan Cross, an unpredictable White Supremacist with a secret, and Ray Panthaki (EastEnders, 28 Days Later, Kidulthood) portrays Khalil, who enlists Sam and Phil to help him bring down a terrorist gang. Other guest stars include Samantha Spiro (Bad Education, Grandma’s House) and Trevor Cooper (Happy Go Lucky, Holby City).

Returning to the cast are Dawn French (The Vicar Of Dibley, French & Saunders, Roger & Val) as Phil’s fragile mum Linda Bourne, and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Grandma’s House) as Cox, the unrepentant head of MI5. Sarah Solemani (Him & Her, Bad Education) reprises the role of Lizzie Green, Sam’s ex-girlfriend and former boss who is on the hunt for the truth. Other returning cast members include co-writer Tom Basden (W1A, Plebs) as Sam's former colleague Noel and Alec Utgoff (Jack Ryan) as a strangely familiar Russian agent.

The 4x30-minute comedy was commissioned for BBC Two by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning and is a co-production between BBC In-house Comedy and Hulu, executive produced by Mark Freeland and Myfanwy Moore. The series is produced and directed by Jim Field Smith (Episodes, Butter, She’s Out Of My League).

Shane Allen, BBC Controller of Comedy said: “This series injects plenty more comedy gas into the action thriller tank. James and Mat have written a taut and exhilarating follow-on with deft plot twists, epic cliff-hangers, and a carpet bomb of tremendous gags and scenarios throughout. Strap in, comedy doesn’t get more adventurous than this.”

The first series of The Wrong Mans won a 2013 RTS Award for Best Writer Comedy for Mathew Baynton and James Corden with Tom Basden, as well as a BAFTA TV Craft nomination in the Best Writer Comedy category. Both James and Mathew were nominated against each other for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme. Internationally, The Wrong Mans was nominated for Best Television series at the Satellite Awards, as well as Best Actor nominations for both James and Mathew.

Note to Editors

BBC In-house Comedy is the biggest producer of comedy in the UK and prides itself on working with the very best in comedy talent - established and new - both on and behind the screen, and is responsible for some of the country's most-watched and loved comedies across radio, online and all four BBC TV channels. In the last 12 months alone the department has won 14 prestigious awards including BAFTAs, Rockies, RTS Awards and National Television Awards.

Recent BBC One hits include the multi-award-winning Mrs Brown’s Boys and Miranda. A second series of David Walliams’ Big School returns this autumn as does the third series of Adil Ray’s Citizen Khan. And after a hugely successful Christmas Special last year, a brand-new series of Still Open All Hours is in production starring David Jason as Granville. The success story continues on BBC Two following several hugely successful new series last year including the award-winning The Wrong Mans written by and starring James Corden and Mat Baynton, W1A written and directed by John Morton, starring Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes, Inside No 9, written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton and House Of Fools with Vic & Bob. And coming in the autumn is Nurse, written by and starring Paul Whitehouse, based on his radio show. BBC Two is also home to the brilliant Stewart Lee.

BBC In-house Comedy also provides home grown programmes for BBC Three including Bluestone 42 and this autumn brand-new series Crims and Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment. BBC Four this autumn will see Puppy Love on screen written by and starring Vicki Pepperdine and Jo Scanlan. In And Out Of The Kitchen with Miles Jupp and Bob Servant return for a second series, as does The Life Of Rock with Brian Pern and Up The Women – both of which are moving to BBC Two.

BBC Radio Comedy goes from strength to strength with many stand-out shows being adapted for TV, including In And Out Of The Kitchen. Ever popular long-running shows such as BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show continue to delight audiences and Radio 4’s Just A Minute will this year celebrate its 900th episode - with the same host Nicholas Parsons. Our emphasis on supporting new talent can be seen in The BBC Radio New Comedy Award which seeks out the brightest new comedy stars ever year. This year has also seen BBC Radio comedy nominated for the prestigious Rose d’Or Awards and an example of the continuing popularity of comedy podcasts can be seen in the fact that there has been over 90million downloads of the Radio 4 Friday Night comedy since its September 2007 launch.