A new comedy for BBC Two created by and starring BAFTA and Tony Award-winning actor James Corden (One Man Two Guvnors, Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys) and British Comedy Award-winner Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Peep Show) as hapless duo Phil Bourne & Sam Pinkett, whose menial existence is turned upside-down by a chance phonecall and a case of mistaken identity.
Their lives soon become embroiled in a world of unexpected international conspiracy and intrigue, with the mysterious Scarlett (Emilia Fox - Silent Witness, Merlin) and Stevens (Nick Moran - Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Harry Potter) and the enigmatic secret agent Walker (Dougray Scott, Mission Impossible II) at the heart of the unfurling chaos.
BAFTA-winning comedy actresses Dawn French (The Vicar Of Dibley, French & Saunders, Roger & Val) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Grandma’s House) join the cast respectively as Phil’s resourceful mother, Linda Bourne, and Cox, the ballsy head of MI5 investigating the international plot.
Sarah Solemani (Him & Her) plays Lizzie Green, Sam’s former flame and boss in his local council job. Karel Roden (Hellboy, The Bourne Supremacy), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys), Dan Renton Skinner (Shooting Stars, The Angelos Epithemiou Show), Benedict Wong (Sunshine, Prometheus, Moon), Tom Basden (Plebs, Cowards, Star Stories) and Rufus Jones (Hunderby, Holy Flying Circus, Bob Servant Independent) also appear in the cast.
The Wrong Mans is a co-production between BBC In-house comedy and Hulu, executive produced by Mark Freeland (BBC) and Charlotte Koh (Hulu). The series is produced and directed by BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Jim Field Smith (Episodes, Butter, She’s Out Of My League).
Programme Information - Episode 1
Sam Pinkett (Baynton) and Phil Bourne (Corden), office workers for Berkshire County Council, have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phonecall and a case of mistaken identity.
After being sole witness to a car crash on a desolate country road, Sam answers an abandoned mobile telephone and hears a message that was clearly not meant for him: “If you are not here by 5 o’clock, we will kill your wife”. Encouraged by the office mailroom delivery boy (Phil) that they can be the heroes of the hour, they soon find themselves plunged into a deadly kidnap situation.
Sam & Phil soon find they’re dodging bullets and escaping explosions in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town.
Created by and starring BAFTA and Tony Award-winning actor James Corden and British Comedy Award winner Mathew Baynton.
Also starring Sarah Solemani, Karel Roden, Stephen Campbell Moore, Dan Renton Skinner, Benedict Wong, Tom Basden and Rufus Jones.