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Dawn French to play James Corden's mother in BBC comedy

Dawn French and James Corden
Image caption French (l) is best known for her comic partnership with Jennifer Saunders

Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French is to play James Corden's mother in his new six-part comedy series on BBC Two.

Written by Corden and his Gavin and Stacey co-star Mathew Baynton, The Wrong Mans will also star Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox.

The story follows Sam (Baynton) and Phil (Corden) as they are caught up in a conspiracy after finding a ringing phone at the scene of a crash.

Actress and writer French, 55, will play the resourceful Linda.

Also in the comedy-thriller series is Dan Renton Skinner, better known for appearing as his comic alter-ago Angelos Epithemiou on Shooting Stars.

Rebecca Front, from The Thick Of It, will play the head of MI5, with other roles going to Sarah Solemani, from BBC Three's Him And Her, and Prometheus actor Benedict Wong.

The series, currently in production, also features Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor Nick Moran.

"We are trying to do a comedy with explosions, a lot of running about, murder, extortion, friendship and love," said executive producer Mark Freeland said:

Corden and Baynton came up with the idea for The Wrong Mans when they worked together in Gavin and Stacey.

Corden won the best actor prize at the 2012 Tony awards for his role in Richard Bean's comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, which made its debut in London before transferring to Broadway.

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