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Wrong Mans, The (BBC-2 2013, James Corden, Mathew Baynton)



Comedy The Wrong Mans is a play on traditional action adventure tropes and focused on Sam Pinkett and Phil Bourne, two incredibly ordinary blokes who get caught up in a serious mix of crime and corruption after Sam makes a decision to answer a ringing mobile phone whilst caught up in the aftermath of a car crash.

Created by series stars Corden and Baynton who came up with the idea whilst working on Gavin and Stacey several years before. Indeed a pilot was shot in twenty ten but only a few ideas from that were retained for the series proper.

The guest cast is first rate and includes the likes of Dawn French, Nick Moran, Benedict Wong, Bertie Carvel and Dougray Scott. The duo even managed to snag League of Gentlemen alumni Jeremy Dyson as script editor.

Series two was made up of two 60 minute episodes in the UK but this was split into four for showing in other countries.


production details
UK / BBC Two – Hulu / 8×30 and 60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 September 2013 – 23 December 2014

Creators: James Corden, Mathew Baynton / Music: Kevin Sergeant / Producers: Jim Field Smith, Charlie Leech, Lucy Robinson / Executive Producers: Charlotte Koh, Mark Freeland / Director: Jim Field Smith

Mathew Baynton as Sam Pinkett
James Corden as Phil Bourne
Sarah Solemani as Lizzie Green
Tom Basden as Noel Ward
Paul Cawley as Alan
Chandeep Uppal as Sabrina
Dawn French as Linda Bourne
Nick Moran as Nick Stevens
Emilia Fox as Scarlett Stevens
David Calder as Mr. Reid
Benedict Wong as Mr Lau
Andrew Koji as Jason Lau
Christina Chong as May Wu
Dougray Scott as Agent Jack Walker
Stephen Campbell Moore as Paul Smoke
Karel Roden as Marat Malankovic
Duncan Pow as Petr
Alec Utgoff as Yuri & Dimitri
Rebecca Front as Cox
Rowena King as Wood
Ray Panthaki as Khalil (Series 2)
Anastasia Griffith as Agent Miller (Series 2)
Bertie Carvel as Nathan Cross (Series 2)
Raoul Trujillo as Carlos Espinoza (Series)
John Ross Bowie as Dave Kinsman (Series 2)
Samantha Spiro as Maria (Series 2)
Rosa Whitcher as Rosa (Series 2)
Trevor Cooper as Guard Harry (Series 2)


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