ITV has rounded out the cast of The Man.
Ben Miller (Death In Paradise), Alexandra Roach (No Offence), Sean Sagar (Our Girl, Top Boy), Susannah Fielding (This Time With Alan Partridge), Gwilym Lee (Bohemian Rhapsody), Phoebe Nicholls (Downton Abbey), Ritu Ayra (The Good Karma Hospital), Michael Cochrane (The Archers) and Debbie Chazen (Doctor Who) have all been cast to star in the workplace bullying drama that is being toplined by Ken Nwosu (Killing Eve).
The Man is set in a business park in Reading and follows the personal and professional life of Thomas Benson; a hard-working father and husband. Reliant on bonuses and winning pitches, Benson often finds himself leading the team when trying to win new business. When he freezes during a pitch the fall out is monumental. Determined to win back the client Thomas goes to increasingly desperate lengths to remain successful. But as he does, he begins to feel undermined, under attack and out of control. Has he lost his confidence and just feeling paranoid or is his own team, and maybe the wider world, now out to get him?
Mike Bartlett – the scribe behind such shows as Doctor Foster and Press – created the three part series and penned the scripts. Tall Story Pictures are producing, with Colin Wratten serving as the series producer. Safe helmer Julia Ford is directing. The executive producers are Catherine Oldfield and Mike Bartlett. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is the international distributor. The Man marks the second Mike Bartlett ITV production for Tall Story Pictures after this year’s three-parter Trauma, starring Adrian Lester and John Simm. Production is now underway ahead of a 2019 premiere.
“The Man is another gripping story by Mike, that explores the complex subject of workplace bullying. It brilliantly moves between being very funny to very painful, and will have viewers hooked”, said ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill, who commissioned the series. “I am also delighted that the very talented Ken Nwosu is playing Thomas and that Julia Ford is directing. Together with Tall Story, this is a fantastic team that promises to make an unmissable drama.”