The Wrong Mans

Tue Sep 24, 9-9.30pm, BBC2

Episode one
Cheeky chappy James Corden sticks to type but nevertheless tickles with former ‘Gavin and Stacey’ co-star Mathew Baynton in this fun comedy-thriller about two office drones embroiled in a case of mistaken identity. After answering a lost mobile phone, Sam (Baynton), a figure cut closer to a Quentin Blake illustration than an Iron Man-style superhero, is burdened with the company of eager beaver colleague Phil (Corden) when he goes to the rescue of a hostage.

The evolving bromance has a familiar flavour, but it’s by steering clear of complete spoofery that ‘The Wrong Mans’ finds its surprisingly comfortable stride, somewhere between gags and action. The success of films like ‘Kick-Ass’ suggests we’re a public with a soft spot for have-a-go heroes, making Corden and Baynton’s offering well gauged. It’s the television equivalent of jelly: not particularly sophisticated, but a pleasant treat all the same.

Famous faces (David Harewood, Dougray Scott) are underutilised, sliding past the camera as if on a conveyor belt peopled by Corden’s celebrity pals. Luckily, Baynton’s impressive comic dexterity covers everything from deadpan to daft, tempering Corden’s potentially dominating presence and making for a balanced double act.

Kate Callaghan, 23, is a jam maker from Stoke Newington. She was selected to write this review as part of the Time Out Takeover – a special edition of the magazine written entirely by our readers.



Great and accurate review! Would be good to see the same writer review more pieces!


REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS. It's funnier than the other reviews.