BBC One has given the green-light to I Want My Wife Back, a six episode romantic comedy series starring former Death In Paradise lead actor Ben Miller which hails from Mark Bussell, Justin Sbresni and Mainstreet Pictures – the independent production company set up by former ITV drama execs Laura Mackie & Sally Haynes.
I Want My Wife Back tells the story of Murray, who is shocked when his wife Bex 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. Friends, family and colleagues are only too ready to offer advice to Murray about what he should do, and each episode sees him adopt a new strategy to achieve his goal.
Ben Miller – who has appeared on such TV shows as Doctor Who, Asylum and Ballot Monkeys since he exited Death In Paradise – will play series lead Murray. “I feel incredibly lucky to be back in the BBC comedy fold, playing the incredibly unlucky hero of I Want My Wife Back”, said Miller. “With Mainstreet at the helm and Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni on script, this truly feels like a match made in heaven.”
Caroline Catz has been tapped to play the female lead as Murray’s wife Bex. Rounding out the cast is Jan Francis, Stewart Wright, Kenneth Collard, Susannah Fielding, Peter Wight and Cariad Lloyd. “It’s a very modern farce with a great cast, and I can’t wait to see it on TV”, said BBC Commissioning Editor Chris Sussman. “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 was created by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni, who are penning the scripts and producing the series, which is set up a co-production between Mainstreet Pictures and Busby Productions. Mainstreet co-founders Sally Haynes and Laura Mackie will executive producer, while Boy Meets Girl helmer Paul Norton Walker is attached to direct. Production on the series is now underway for a 2016 premiere.