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 6 - Running Mans

Sam and Phil's friendship is pushed to the limit as they attempt to escape their pursuers and expose the mass conspiracy they have uncovered.

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Further details

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

After somehow managing a daring escape from their would-be captors, Sam and Phil are now on the run, on the edge and on each other's nerves.

It's gonna take a huge leap of faith for Sam and Phil to turn back and face the very people that are threatening them, their loved ones and their town. And as friends and family are dragged into this deadly conspiracy, Sam and Phil's friendship is tested to the limit.

They have to expose Reid's evil development plans, save the town, uncover double agents, and rescue their loved ones - all of which means putting themselves right in the line of fire.

Can Sam step up and prove himself to be the man that Lizzie wants him to be? Or will Phil's childish antics finally prove their undoing?

Broadcast details

Tuesday 29th October 2013
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 3rd November 2013 10:00pm BBC2
Sunday 3rd November 2013 10:30pm BBC2 Scot
Sunday 22nd December 2013 12:30am BBC2
Sunday 22nd December 2013 1:30am BBC2 Wales
Sunday 30th November 2014 11:00pm BBC2
Monday 26th January 2015 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 1st November 2015 10:20pm Gold
Monday 8th February 2016 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 9th February 2016 2:50am Gold
Tuesday 31st May 2016 3:00am Gold
Wednesday 26th October 2016 2:30am Gold
Wednesday 9th November 2016 2:35am Gold
Friday 25th August 2023 12:00am Dave

Cast & crew

Mathew Baynton Sam
James Corden Phil
Sarah Solemani Lizzie
Tom Basden Noel
Dawn French Linda
Rebecca Front Cox
Stephen Campbell Moore Smoke
Paul Cawley Alan
Chandeep Uppal Sabrina
Emilia Fox Scarlett
Jordan Long Len
David Calder Mr Reid
Guest cast
Rufus Jones D.S. Brick
Dan Skinner (as Dan Renton Skinner) D.I. Ireland
Duncan Pow Petr
John Warnaby Ian Culverson
Oliver Lansley Sumner
Rowena King Wood
Writing team
James Corden Writer
Mathew Baynton 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


On The Run

Sam and Phil are on the run, but Smoke and his team are closing in on them.

Featuring: Mathew Baynton (Sam), James Corden (Phil) & Stephen Campbell Moore (Smoke).

Lizzie in danger

While Sam and Phil are on the run, Lizzie is in trouble.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Sarah Solemani (Lizzie), Stephen Campbell Moore (Smoke) & Duncan Pow (Petr).

Noel's Video Dossier - Episode 6

Noel is at the launch... but there's still no sign of Sam. He now thinks he's worked out what Sam is up to, but soon gets attacked.

Featuring: Tom Basden (Noel), Emilia Fox (Scarlett) & Paul Cawley (Alan).

Behind-the-Scenes: Episode 6 - The Car Chase

Producer Charlie Leech explains how the helicopter and car stunt was put together.

Featuring: Stephen Campbell Moore (Smoke) & Charlie Leech.

Behind-the-Scenes: Episode 6 - The Wrong Jump

Director Jim Field Smith explains how they filmed the scene in which the characters of Sam and Phil must jump off a bridge onto a train. This is also a bit of a sketch, as James and Mathew pretend not to realise they'll be jumping.

Featuring: Mathew Baynton (Sam), James Corden (Phil) & Jim Field Smith.

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