Detail confirmed for new James Corden comedy The Wrong Mans

Tuesday 9th October 2012 @ 5:37pm by Aaron

The Wrong Mans. Image shows from L to R: Phil (James Corden), Sam (Mathew Baynton). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.The BBC announced today that it has struck a co-production deal with American television on-demand website Hulu for James Corden's next comedy project: The Wrong Mans.

The project's existence was made public earlier this year, but it is only now that the corporation has confirmed detail of the show and its commission for a full 6x 30-minute series.

Described as a "comedy thriller", the series will see Corden as Phil alongside Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories) as Sam, a pair of ordinary office workers who find themselves in the middle of a "deadly criminal conspiracy" after Sam answers a ringing phone at the scene of a horrific car crash.

Answering this phone turns Sam's world upside down, as he and Phil soon realise 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'.

Baynton said today: "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 adds: "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 series will be written by Baynton, Corden and Tom Basden. Basden is perhaps best known as part of sketch group Cowards, and has also written for The Armstrong & Miller Show, appeared in Star Stories, and currently has his own hit Radio 4 sitcom, Party. He is also co-writer of upcoming ITV2 period sitcom Plebs. Baynton previously wrote for and appeared in Corden's ill-fated sketch show with former comedy partner Mathew Horne, Horne & Corden.

The League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson will script edit the series, and Jim Field Smith (Episodes) has been signed up to produce and direct.

The six episodes will go into production in January 2013 for broadcast later in the year. The currently broadcasting fourth series of The Thick Of It is also a BBC-Hulu co-production.


Our Guide to 'The Wrong Mans'

 

Latest News

E4 orders Bad Robots hidden camera show

E4 orders Bad Robots hidden camera show

E4 has ordered Bad Robots, a hidden camera show in which various electronic machines are rigged up to prank members of the public.

Actress Dora Bryan dies aged 91

Actress Dora Bryan dies aged 91

Prolific actress Dora Bryan, who featured in comedies as diverse as Catterick, dinnerladies, and Carry On Sergeant, has died.

Chris Barrie expresses interest in reviving The Brittas Empire

Chris Barrie expresses interest in reviving The Brittas Empire

Chris Barrie has expressed an interest in starring in a revival of the hit 1990s BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire.

Some Girls Series 3 begins filming

Some Girls Series 3 begins filming

Filming has started on Series 3 of BBC Three sitcom Some Girls.

Bill Bailey pilots a revival of Name That Tune

Bill Bailey pilots a revival of Name That Tune

Bill Bailey has hosted a pilot episode of a revival of the classic TV quiz show format Name That Tune.

Give Out Girls switches to Comedy Central

Give Out Girls switches to Comedy Central

Give Out Girls, the Sky Living sitcom set around a group of promo girls, is switching to Comedy Central.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.

Steve Coogan Outtakes

Steve Coogan Outtakes

Steve Coogan has been recording some voiceovers. Here's some of the funny ones which got cut out. Watch