Vicar of Dibley fans worldwide have long patrolled the Internets for any trace of a much hinted at thought of a Bishop of Dibley from the mind of Richard Curtis starring Dawn French. While that seems much more of a long-shot than anyone cares to admit, there is good news on the immediate horizon that involves everyone’s favorite vicar (although the Reverend Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander, Rev) is getting ready to give her a run for her money in my book for that title).
Dawn French has signed on for a new BBC2 comedy series, The Wrong Mans, to play James Corden’s ‘mum’. The series is written by Corden and Gavin & Stacey co-star, Matthew Baynton, who came up with the idea while working together on the BAFTA award-winning series in which Corden starred as Gavin’s pal Smithy while Baynton played his mate Deano.
The Wrong Mans centers around a tale of mistaken identity where office co-workers Sam and Phil (Baynton and Corden) are caught up in a criminal conspiracy after stumbling across a ringing phone at the scene of a car crash.
The six-part comedy set for BBC2 broadcast later this year also stars Silent Witness’s Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) and Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) who play a mysterious duo at the heart of the story. Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It), will also appear as the head of MI5, which is investigating the plot.
Dawn French and James Corden aside, BBC executive producer Mark Freeland promises a comedy that features “…explosions, a lot of running about, murder, extortion, friendship and love”. What’s not to like?