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Cast announced for new comedy


Casting has been announced as filming begins on new BBC One six-part romantic comedy, I Want My Wife Back starring Ben Miller.

Joining Ben is Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) and Jan Francis (Bad Girls).  Alongside, Stewart Wright (People Like Us), Kenneth Collard (Cuckoo), Susannah Fielding (Pramface), Peter Wight (Early Doors) and Cariad Lloyd (Cardinal Burns).

I Want My Wife Back sees Ben play Murray, who is shocked when his wife Bex (Catz) walks out on their marriage on her 40th birthday. The series follows his attempts to find out why she has left him and how he can win her back… though it’s less a journey than a floundering stumble in the dark towards the prize of returning his life to something approaching normality. Friends, family and colleagues are only too ready to offer advice to Murray about what he should do, and each week sees him adopt a new strategy to achieve his goal.

Ben Miller says: “I feel incredibly lucky to be back in the BBC comedy fold, playing the incredibly unlucky hero of I Want My Wife Back. With Mainstreet at the helm and Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni on script, this truly feels like a match made in heaven.”

BBC Commissioning Editor Chris Sussman says: “It’s a very modern farce with a great cast, and I can’t wait to see it on TV. The writers do a brilliant job of putting Ben Miller down a hole and then watching him painfully trying to crawl his way out…”

I Want My Wife Back is a co-production between Mainstreet Pictures and Busby Productions. The 30-minute episodes are written and produced by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni (The Worst Week Of My Life) . The director is Paul Norton Walker (Boy Meets Girl).