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

The Wrong Mans

  • TV sitcom / comedy drama
  • BBC Two
  • 2013 - 2014
  • 8 episodes (2 series)

Comedy thriller about a pair of lowly office workers who become embroiled in a deadly criminal conspiracy. Stars Mathew Baynton, James Corden, Sarah Solemani, Tom Basden, Dawn French and more.

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Series 1, Episode 3 - Dead Mans

Having exchanged Jason for Scarlett, Phil and Sam's strife reaches a whole new level when a man is murdered right in front of them; MI5 agent Walker appears to be their only hope.

Preview clips

Further details

The Wrong Mans. Image shows from L to R: Sam (Mathew Baynton), Mr Lau (Benedict Wong), Lizzie (Sarah Solemani). Copyright: BBC / Hulu

Sam negotiates the safe handover of Scarlett from Mr Lau in exchange for his nephew Jason, but Phil accidentally scuppers the plan.

After a dramatic escape, and a quick visit to Phil's mum, Linda, the duo take Scarlett home to her husband. But after a less-than-happy reunion, Sam and Phil must go on the run from both cops and criminals, until finding temporary safety in the hands of enigmatic MI5 agent Walker.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 8th October 2013
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 13th October 2013 10:00pm BBC2
Sunday 13th October 2013 10:30pm BBC2 Scot
Saturday 14th December 2013 11:55pm BBC2
Sunday 23rd November 2014 10:30pm BBC2
Monday 12th January 2015 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 13th January 2015 2:30am Gold
Sunday 11th October 2015 10:20pm Gold
Monday 18th January 2016 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th January 2016 2:20am Gold
Tuesday 10th May 2016 1:40am Gold
Wednesday 11th May 2016 12:30am Gold
Wednesday 5th October 2016 2:20am Gold
Monday 21st November 2016 1:10am Gold
Thursday 17th August 2023 11:00pm Dave

Cast & crew

Mathew Baynton Sam
James Corden Phil
Sarah Solemani Lizzie
Tom Basden Noel
Dawn French Linda
Stephen Campbell Moore Smoke
Paul Cawley Alan
Emilia Fox Scarlett
Benedict Wong Mr Lau
David Calder Mr Reid
Guest cast
Charlie Walker Wise David
Rufus Jones D.S. Brick
Dan Skinner (as Dan Renton Skinner) D.I. Ireland
Brendan Patricks Ed
Claire Lams Kerry
Jim Howick Chris
Nick Moran Stevens
Dougray Scott Walker
Christina Chong May Wu
Andrew Koji Jason
Writing team
Mathew Baynton Writer
Tom Basden Writer
Jeremy Dyson Script Editor
Production team
Jim Field Smith Director
Jim Field Smith Producer
Charlie Leech Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Charlotte Koh Executive Producer
David Webb Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Kevin Sargent Composer


Is this a joke to you?

Mr Lau is running out of patience with Sam and Phil.

Featuring: Mathew Baynton (Sam), James Corden (Phil) & Benedict Wong (Mr Lau).

I'm Not Laughing

Mr Lau reaches breaking point.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Mathew Baynton (Sam), James Corden (Phil), Emilia Fox (Scarlett) & Benedict Wong (Mr Lau).

Noel's Video Dossier - Episode 3

Sam is convinced the Triads are at work in Berkshire.

Featuring: Tom Basden (Noel) & Paul Cawley (Alan).

Behind-the-Scenes: Episode 3 injuries

Mat and James describe the on set injuries that occurred whilst filming The Wrong Mans.

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

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