Ben Miller is among the new cast additions for The Man, an ITV drama that will “explore the corrosive effects of bullying” in the workplace. Mike Bartlett of Doctor Foster, Trauma and The Town has penned the scripts, and Ken Nwosu of Christopher Robin and Killing Eve is set to play the main role.
TV Wise reports that Ben Miller (Armstrong And 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 in The Man.
This shaping up to be a big show for ITV, then, and it’s bound to raise some interesting topics in among the drama.
ITV’s official press pack sums up the story of The Man like so:
“The three-part psychological drama is focused on the competitive world of middle management. Set in a business park in Reading, The Man centres on 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?”
And Mike Bartlett has said this about the show:
“Having written about bullying in the workplace previously for the stage, it feels fantastic to tell a new story that explores the potential cruelty of commercial competition, and the effect that has on our psychology, and humanity.”
The Man is set to shoot in September 2018. Julia Ford of Safe will call the shots as director.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.