The highly-anticipated new comedy-thriller, The Wrong Mans, premiered in the UK last night, and will soon be making its stateside premiere as a Hulu Original Series.
More than 3 million viewers watched the first episode of The Wrong Mans on BBC Two, making it the second highest-rated program in its time slot behind a new episode of New Tricks on BBC One.
The series creators — BAFTA and Tony Award-winning actor James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys) and British Comedy Award winner Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Peep Show) — star as Phil Bourne and Sam Pinkett, a couple of hapless office workers for the Berkshire County Council.
Sam, the lone witness of a car crash on a desolate country road, answers the phone that presumably belonged to the accident victim. What Sam hears clearly isn’t meant for him, but he’s still spooked and tells Phil, who inspires him into believing that they can be heroes and save the day.
So begins a case of mistaken identity and an adventure they didn’t count on, including dodging bullets, escaping explosions, and becoming embroiled in a world of international conspiracy. Now they not only have to save themselves, but their loved ones and the town, too.
Costars include Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) and Nick Moran (Harry Potter) as the mysterious Scarlett and Stevens, Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) as the enigmatic secret agent Walker, and BAFTA-winning comedy actresses Dawn French (The Vicar Of Dibley) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) as Phil’s mother, Linda Bourne, and Cox, the head of MI-5 investigating the international plot.
Also in the cast are Sarah Solemani (Him & Her), Karel Roden (Hellboy), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys), Dan Renton Skinner (Shooting Stars), Benedict Wong (Sunshine), Tom Basden (Plebs), and Rufus Jones (Hunderby).
A co-production between BBC In-House Comedy and Hulu, The Wrong Mans premieres exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. on 11 November 2013.