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article imageThe Wrong Mans: BBC Two commissions two Christmas specials

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 19, 2014 in Entertainment
The hit BBC Two comedy-thriller "The Wrong Mans" is to return for two one-hour Christmas specials, it has been announced.
The decision was revealed to the Radio Times during an interview with James Corden (Doctor Who: The Lodger) who, together with Mathew Baynton (Bill), created the original series that aired on the television channel in 2013.
"We're doing one-hour specials for BBC2 [sic] that I think will play at Christmas," Corden said.
Last October, as Season 1 concluded, it was revealed that Corden and Baynton had been in talks with the BBC with a view to bringing the characters back for further adventures.
However, with the original story line having tied up neatly, it wasn't clear till now how they would proceed.
"It was hard working out whether we do a whole new story, or try and pick up where we left off," Corden told the Radio Times. "I think we’ve found an outcome that we’re all happy with."
In the series, Corden and Baynton played two local authority employees — Phil Bourne and Sam Pinkett — who, inadvertently, got caught up in a web of crime, conspiracy and corruption.
Actor James Corden entertaining a crowd
Actor James Corden entertaining a crowd
Both their characters will return for the specials, as will Dawn French, who played Phil's mother, Linda.
"Last year we wrote a character for Dawn French (Psychoville). She's coming back this time," Corden confirmed.
Also joining the cast for the Christmas specials is Bertie Carvel, the well-known Olivier Award-winning stage actor, who played Lord Carmarthen in the 2008 HBO mini-series John Adams chronicling most of US President John Adams's political life and his role in helping to found of the United States of America.
Of Carvel's casting, Corden added: "He's one of the best actors in the country, so it's brilliant he's agreed to be part of it."
Details of how the pair will take the story further are still under wraps. "It took us a long time to find out what the story could be next," Corden explained to the Radio Times. "The thing with the show is it's the plotting that's really hard. We never wanted it to be a parody of itself; we didn't want it to be The Naked Gun. We wanted the audience to feel that even though it was silly, these were very real situations."
Last year, The Wrong Mans proved a popular and critical hit for BBC Two, with the first four parts averaging an overnight audience of 2.4 million (10 percent share), which is well above the channel’s average of 1.7 million (7.3 percent) for its timeslot of 9 p.m.; while the final official viewing figures for the opening episode showed a consolidated audience of 4.5 million viewers (or 16.3 percent of the audience share).
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