Five Things About The Wrong Mans
Last night at BAFTA HQ, we were joined by the creative team behind BBC Two’s new comedy series The Wrong Mans. The series revolves around Sam Pinkett (Mathew Baynton) and Phil Bourne (James Corden), who accidentally find themselves caught up in a deadly kidnap plot after a case of mistaken identity.
Stars and writers James Corden and Mathew Baynton, actor Sarah Solemani and director/producer Jim Field Smith spoke to Andrew Collins about the comedy thriller. Here are five things we found out:
- James Corden and Mathew Baynton met on Telstar: The Joe Meek Story, but it wasn’t until they worked on Gavin and Stacey that they came up with the idea for The Wrong Mans.
- When developing the series, they were inspired by long-running American “box set dramas”, and the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading. Baynton said they felt people might “write comedy small” for television as it’s much easier to pitch. For this project, as Corden suggested, they wanted to write on "as a big a canvas" as they could and see where it led.
- When discussing budgets for action set pieces, Baynton noted that often the things you presume will be expensive won’t be, and that "the most expensive aspect to any shoot is time."
- On writing for comedy, Corden believes that ultimately "all actors really want are moments where you get a chance to shine."
- Despite an audience member asking, the rumours aren’t true: the singer Adele wasn’t offered a part in the show!
We’ll soon have a podcast available from the Q&A on BAFTA Guru, as well an interview with James Corden and Mathew Baynton, so watch this space!