The Wrong Mans

The Wrong Mans is a British BBC Television comedy drama series, co-produced with the American online television provider Hulu . It is premiered BBC Two is 24 September 2013 and in the United States is 11 November 2013. [1] [2] Considered a critical and ratings success, It was co-created and written by Gavin and Stacey alumni James Corden and Mathew Baynton hast An attempt to combine the situation with the plotting and storytelling tropes of an action-adventure series.

An equally successful two-part sequel series aired on BBC Two in the runup to Christmas 2014, with Hulu debuting the same series in Christmas Eve. [3]


Berkshire County Council worker Sam Pinkett ( Mathew Baynton ) and Phil Bourne ( James Corden ) And corruption after Sam answers a ringing phone at the crash site.


  • Mathew Baynton as Samuel James Pinkett
  • James Corden as Philip Neville 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 2)
  • 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)


On 9 October 2012, BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow announced The Wrong Mans as a co-production between BBC In-House Comedy and Hulu . [4] The series was commissioned by Janice Hadlow and Cheryl Taylor. [4] A pilot based on Baynton and Corden’s initial series pitch had previously been shot in 2010; Some Elements Were Retained for what Eventually est devenu the first episode of the full series, comprenant un pre- Homeland cameo from David Harewood . [5] Principal filming on the series began in January 2013, at the same time as the cast was announced. [4] [6] Jeremy Dyson was the script editor for the series. [4]

The idea for the series INITIALLY Arose out of a Conversation entre Corden and Baynton on the set of Gavin and Stacey , four years Earlier, [4] Regarding the apparent scarcity of TV sitcoms with la même niveau de intricate, Meaningful plotting as then-current Dramatic hits 24 and Lost . [7] As a starting point for their own half-hour comedy show pitch to the BBC, the duo were further inspired by the Coen Brothers ‘ Burn After Reading film , with its central concept of ordinary characters obviously out of their depth in a Standard action-movie scenario. [8] The humor in their new TV series, Baynton and Corden decided, Would arise not so much from deliberate jokes as from the sheer realistic ineptitude of the heroes’ attempts to cope with a high-stakes melodrama constantly snowballing further out of their control. [5]

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, please do not hesitate to contact us. [8] Producer / director Jim Field Smith describes the results as a “movie broken into six parts”, [9] and in filming for a likewise ambitious fusion of the realistic and cinematic, insisting that the thriller elements be played entirely straight. [5]

“The Wrong Men”, “The Wrong Men”, “The Wrong Men”, “The Wrong Men”, “The Wrong Men”, “The Wrong Men” and “The Wrong Men”. ” [7]

Despite the first series’ apparently self-contained storyline, as of the midpoint of its initial airing, BBC executives had already confirmed that there is a desire to bring it back and discussions are ongoing. [10] Immediately post-final, both co-creators and Field Smith confirmed their interest in returning, on Twitter and during media appearances. [11] [12 [2] [1] [2 [2] [2] [2] [2] [2] [2] [2] [2] [ edit] Refer a friend to the second series. [13] In February 2014, Baynton said that he and Corden had finished plotting the new series and were about to start work on the scripts. [14] In April 2014, BBC Two officially announced that a second series had been commissioned. [15]

Filming began on the new series in August 2014, with Field Smith returning as producer / director. The new plotline was conceived as a direct continuation of the events of the first, using a deliberately hanging plot thread-the bomb seen planted under a car in the final shot-as the starting-point in a storyline that charted the duo’s equally outlandish attempts To reclaim their ordinary lives. Describing their efforts in comparison to the original, Corden and Baynton reiterated that “this new series is bigger and bolder … If series one was the frying pan, this is the fire.” Other members include Dawn French, Rebecca Front, Sarah Solemani and Tom Basden, all reprising their roles from the first series. [16] BBC Two scheduled new series as part of their 2014 Christmas programming line-up, Running the episodes in two hour-long blocks successively on 22 and 23 December. The same episodes broken into four half-hours subsequently premiered on on 24 December. [17] [18]

Episode list

Series 1 (2013)

# title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [19]
1 “The Wrong Mans” Jim Field Smith James Corden and Mathew Baynton 24 September 2013 4.45
When Sam Pinkett discovers a discarded mobile at the scene of an isolated accident, the voice on the other end of the line, thinking Sam is the phone owner, tells him that they will kill his kidnapped wife unless they meet him by 5pm. Terrified, hungover and already very late for work – where his recently ex-girlfriend Lizzie has become his boss – Sam opts to the office with the phone before telling the police. Phil Bourne, discovers what is going on and urges him to see her as her chance to become heroes. When they try to find the owner of the phone, they are snatched off the streets.
2 “Bad Mans” Jim Field Smith James Corden and Mathew Baynton 1 October 2013 3.24
The original owner of the phone, Nick Stevens, has traced the phone to Sam who is still missing his money, intended to ransom his wife Scarlett, who is being held as security against his underground casino boss Mr. Lau. Stevens decides that, rather than kill the duo outright, he will send them with the empty suitcase to the meetup. But Sam and Phil not only manage an improbably daring escape but inadvertently wind up in control of a valuable hostage of their own.
3 “Dead Mans” Jim Field Smith Tom Basden and Mathew Baynton 8 October 2013 3.23
Although Sam is a man who has been living in the United States for many years now, crime. The Jack Walker, who has been working with Jack Walker for a long time,
4 “Inside Mans” Jim Field Smith James Corden and Mathew Baynton 15 October 2013 2.86
Devious Scarlett sends Sam and Phil on a mission to obtain a precious music box from eccentric Russian millionaire Marat Malankovic. They head undercover at one of Marat’s drug-fueled wild parties – at which Sam, mistaken by Malankovic for the male prostitute he hired, is forced to elaborate lengths to maintain the deception – but are forced out Refuge gone as Agent Walker is murdered by undercover politician Paul Smoke.
5 “Wanted Mans” Jim Field Smith Tom Basden and Mathew Baynton 22 October 2013 2.93
Sam and Phil turn to Phil’s mother Linda for help as they bring a badly injured Marat to her, but the handover of Marat to MI5 does not go as planned. After a showdown at the council offices, they end up on the run again as highly valued fugitives.
6 “Running Mans” Jim Field Smith James Corden and Mathew Baynton 29 October 2013 2.86
Sam and Phil’s relationship is tested to the limit as they realize the ones they love are in danger as they continue to live life on the run. At Lizzie’s gala dinner, Smoke and his cronies close in for a final showdown with the Wrong Mans.

Series 2 (2014)

# title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [19]
1 (UK) 1/2 (US) “X-Mans / White Mans”
“X-Mans / Few Good Mans (US)”
Jim Field Smith James Corden and Mathew Baynton 22 December 2014 2.82
After an attempt on their lives, Phil and Sam have been enrolled in a witness protection program in Texas. Phil has settled in and has gained a girlfriend with fantastical lies about her past life, while Sam, deeply unhappy without Lizzie and drinking heavily, fends off the unwanted attentions of Maria, their supervisor. However, the news that Linda had had a heart attack convinces Phil to join Sam on a mission to get home with the help of people-trafficking drug lord Carlos Espinosa. Arrested at the airport with cocaine hidden in the musical instruments that were meant to provide their cover, they agree to testify against Espinosa. However, a jail, a lawyer appointed by the drug lord warns them and gives them a new task: to obtain the glass eye of a fellow prisoner, a vicious white supremacist, Where they believe evidence is hidden. In the course of a brawl, they succeed in obtaining the eye and are immediately sprung from prison and into an airplane, only to find their rescuers are unconnected with Espinosa.
2 (UK) 3/4 (US) “Action Mans / Wise Mans” Jim Field Smith James Corden, Mathew Baynton & Tom Basden 23 December 2014 2.66
Sam and Phil are busted out of prison by a gang of international mercenaries, having been mistaken for the previous tenants of their cell. After landing in Eastern Europe they are caught trying to run away by the leader of the gang, Khalil, who claims to be an undercover agent to try to prevent the dangerous chemical VX, but after enlisting the duo in the theft double-crosses them And the entire gang. Sam and Phil manage to escape with the VX and catch a train to France, but without a passport they are unable to cross the Channel. They force the local skydivers at (unloaded) gunpoint to fly them over, then hitch-hike into Bracknell, still being tracked by both Khalil and Marat Milankovic’s vengeful brother Dmitri. Sam contacts MI5 and VX for their old identities. Bracknell town center, where Khalil is caught. Sam and the MI5 agents then deal with Dmitri while Phil gets to the hospital to see his mum – and bumps into Espinosa’s lawyer. Phil hands over the glass eye, but Espinosa is later caught as Phil has told his girlfriend in Texas to go to the DEA. Sam is finally reunited with Lizzie at the office Christmas party.



Overnight figures showed that the first episode was watched by 13.5% of the UK viewing audience at the time, or 3.08 million, making it BBC Two most successful comedy debut since Extras eight years previously. [20] [21] [22]Consolidated hearing was 4.5 million, or 16%. Series consolidated viewing average was 3.3 million viewers or 12%, while the Sunday 10pm repeat averaged 494,000 / 2%. [23]

In the US, Hulu initially launched the series by making either subscriber to one episode subsequently released each week, or all six immediately available to Hulu. CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed that each episode ranked among the ten most-watched on the online service on weekly release. [24]

Critical response

Initial UK reviews for the series. [25] [26] [27] [28] It was ranked # 5 in Radio Times ‘ annual critics’ Top 40 TV series for 2013 [29] and the first episode was an iTunes UK Editor’s Choice . [30] On making its Hulu debut, the show received an aggregate score of 80/100 from Metacritic based on seven major reviews, placing it in the top ten highest-rated series of the US fall season. [31]

Praise for the “darkly comic caper”, as Keith Watson Described it for Metro , [32] centered around Both the moody Heavily stylized visual feel of the overall output and the contrasting comic chemistry entre icts two leads. “The mismatched buddy dynamic between the peer-to-peer, neurotic everyman and chubby gung-ho sidekick – was reminiscent of the Simon Pegg / Nick Frost Britcoms or Coen Brothers flick,” wrote Michael Hogan in The Daily Telegraph . [33] Ellen Jones from The Independent said: “Thanks to slick direction, and one suspects, a large chunk of the BBC’s autumn budget, it certainly looks as good as a Hollywood thriller.

Veteran TV writer Clive James of The Daily Telegraph Said The Wrong Mans is “highly recognizable, as if it HAD beens designed to Fulfill all the requirements of British screen comedy … Remember Morecambe & Wise on the Riviera ? This is the Sami Thing, “I have been in the United States for a few years now, but I have not been able to do so.” [35]

Writing for the entertainment website HitFix, American veteran reviewer Alan Sepinwall, “The Wrong Mans”, “The Wrong Mans” The hotel is located in the heart of the city of Baynton, just a short walk from the beach. [36]

Several reviewers felt nevertheless the show’s attempt to seamlessly mesh the comedy and thriller genres Was not Entirely successful, Including Rachel Cooke in the New Statesman , Who Wrote That “I did not hate it … but all the same, I’m I think it’s a good idea to have a couple of times, but I do not know what’s going to happen. . [37] Sam Wollaston in The Guardian wrote that he was “not convinced” by the series’ tone, “or that performers (mainly) necessarily make the best writers. ‘ T there? Grammatically? ” [38]

Awards and nominations

Baynton and Corden, with Tom Basden, won the 2013 Royal Television Society (RTS) Program Award for Best Writer – Comedy. [39] Baynton and Corden also received a BAFTA TV Craft Award nomination in the same category, and both were also nominated for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Program in the same year’s BAFTA Television Awards. [40] [41]

Home media

DVD and Blu-ray editions of the first series Were released in the UK on 4 November 2013. [42] The second series Was released onto DVD in the UK on 26 January 2015. [43]

A boxset containing the first and second series of The Wrong Mans was also released in the UK on January 26, 2015. [44]


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