The Wrong Mans. Image shows from L to R: Sam (Mathew Baynton), Phil (James Corden). Copyright: BBC / Hulu.

The Wrong Mans

BBC Two sitcom / comedy drama about a criminal conspiracy. 8 episodes (2 series), 2013 - 2014. Stars Mathew Baynton, James Corden, Sarah Solemani, Tom Basden and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 - The Wrong Mans

The discovery of a ringing mobile phone seems the least on Sam's mind after witnessing a horrific car accident - but the voice on the other end of the line unveils a kidnap and ransom plot to turn his world upside-down.

Further details

The Wrong Mans. Sam (Mathew Baynton). Copyright: BBC / Hulu.

Sam Pinkett and Phil Bourne, 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 Phil, the office mailroom delivery boy, that they can be the heroes of the hour, the pair soon find themselves plunged into a deadly kidnap situation.

Sam and 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.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 24th September 2013
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Mathew Baynton Sam
James Corden Phil
Sarah Solemani Lizzie
Tom Basden Noel
Paul Cawley Alan
Chandeep Uppal Sabrina
Jordan Long Len
Guest cast
Steven Elder Mr Smith
Vincent Franklin Sergeant Ince
Paul Higgins PC Hennessy
Jennifer Tollady Hospital Receptionist
Sandra Bee Nurse
Tim Plester Patient
Chrissie Cotterill Surgery Receptionist
David Harewood Surgeon
Jason Watkins Anaesthetist
Lu Corfield Operating Nurse
Writing team
James Corden Writer
Mathew Baynton Writer
Production team
Jim Field Smith Director
Jim Field Smith Producer
Charlie Leech Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Charlotte Koh Executive Producer
Lucy Robinson Producer
David Webb Editor
Victoria Boydell Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Kevin Sargent Composer


The Car Crash

The opening scene from the first episode. Sam witnesses a horrific car crash on his way to work.

Featuring: Mathew Baynton (Sam).

Lock It Up

Phil sees Sam's phone call as the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Featuring: Mathew Baynton (Sam), James Corden (Phil).

Noel's Video Dossier - Episode 1

A web extra. Noel has had enough of Sam. Here's the evidence against him.

Featuring: Tom Basden (Noel).


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