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 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.

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


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    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.

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    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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