Ambassadors: Airdate announced on BBC2

Expect to see Ambassadors with Keeley Hawes (and guest star Matthew Macfadyen) on BBC 2 starting Wednesday 23rd October from 9:00-10:00 pm



Set in the fictional Central Asian Republic of Tazbekistan, David Mitchell plays newly arrived British Ambassador Keith Davies and Robert Webb his seasoned second in command, Deputy head of mission, Neil Tilly.

The British ambassador to Tazbekistan is tasked with securing a £2 billion helicopter contract for the UK. Things begin badly when Davis accidentally shoots an Ibex, the national animal, while on a hunting trip with the president - and are further jeopardized when an arrogant young British human rights activist is arrested by the regime on trumped-up charges. This throws Davis into direct conflict with Neil, who believes Britain should be prioritising human rights over winning arms contracts. Neil, though, has ethical troubles of his own when the Tazbek secret police blackmail him into spying on the British for them.

The embassy is hosting a 'Best of British Festival' which offers an opportunity for Davis to impress the Tazbeks and persuade them to go with the British helicopters. However, the best the festival can offer is a medieval folk group from Gloucestershire, a demonstration of how to make a pork pie and a one-man production of Frankenstein. Nobody, least of all Davis, is feeling too confident...Then news reaches them that the human rights activist is facing the death penalty and the ambassador and his team are forced to make a tough decision.

Keith is played by David Mitchell, Neil is played by Robert Webb, Jennifer is played by Keeley Hawes, POD is played by Matthew Macfayden, The President is played by Yigal Naor, Ludmilla is played by Debbie Chazen.


Ambassadors is written by Rupert Walters and James Wood, produced by Chris Carey and directed by Jeremy Webb.

Ambassadors: Starts in November on BBC2

Matthew Macfadyen will be guest starring in the Ambassadors.  Expect 3 episodes to start with!

BBC2, early November

David Mitchell and Robert Webb reunite as a newly arrived British ambassador and his jaded deputy at the British embassy of Tazbekistan. Their scramble to win business contracts from an under-resourced office in a country not noted for its human rights record  should have satirical bite. Keeley Hawes and Tom Hollander also feature.

Our Men now called Ambassadors

Matthew Macfadyen will be guest starring in a TV episode of an upcoming show that was previously called "Our Men".  The name appears to have changed to Ambassadors.

You can read more about the project here.

You can also read an interview that Keeley Hawes (Matthew's wife) gave to The Guardian, talking about Matthew as well as some of his projects.

Our Men is there a name change?

Robert Webb was interviewed recently and the following statement was made:

...they just completed a new series called Ambassadors, in which they play two British diplomats in eastern Europe, alongside Keeley Hawes, Matthew McFadden and Tom Hollander

Aside from misspelling Matthew Macfadyen's name, the series "Our Men" seems to now be labelled as "Ambassadors".  However, this may be an error, unless BBC confirms this.

Thanks to alex and The Guardian.

Ambassadors (2013)

Genre: TV Series, Comedy Drama (previously called "Our Men")

Broadcast: 2013


A country that isn't pursuing its interests in the world - has lost its way. Britain hasn't lost its way yet, has it? That's why we have an impressive global network of Embassies run by hard working diplomats. To secure our interests. And to help tourists who've fallen off their mopeds or lost 'everything'.

Keith Davis (David Mitchell) is the newly appointed British Ambassador of Tazbekistan, one of the ex-Soviet 'Stans': newly oil rich, corrupt and ruled over by President Kairat (aka The Prez). Davis is ambitious and fancies himself in Washington or Beijing. He intends to make his mark in this posting. Though well aware that one major diplomatic event can make - or break - a career.

Standing beside him is Neil Tilly, Deputy Head of Mission (Robert Webb). A Central Asian expert, fluent in the language and romantic about the region. Neil's job is to put the Ambassador's plans into action. While Davis is out representing Britain, Neil is in the Embassy pulling the levers and managing the staff.

The Embassy team are a small but appealing gang - a mixture of Brits and locals who regularly flirt or fight with each other. They are all trying to advance British prosperity and values, despite an ever-decreasing budget. But it's not easy to convince the local Dictator to give UK plc a major helicopter contract - while also criticising him for his appalling human rights record. And almost as tricky are other embassies - the French and Americans are big players here - sometimes they are allies, sometimes rivals. Sometimes they are both, simultaneously.

And all this compounds the tendency for embassies to become hotbeds for lust and rivalry.

There's Caitlin - the no-messing Scottish Head of Consular Affairs. She knows from painful experience there's nothing so stupid that a British tourist won't try it. Natalie - Head of Communications - a beautiful local employee (LE) who understands the Tazbek minds, but doesn't understand why the British don't take better pride in how they dress. And William (Will) - Political Secretary. Super smart Will is clearly going all the way. He'd like to go 'all the way' with Natalie too.

"Diplomacy is a case of indicating left - then turning right." Charles de Gaulle

The additional presence of wives, husbands and children means that diplomacy is also a family business. The Residence is in the same compound as the Embassy - the 'flat above the shop.' And it's a tough posting. Tazbekistan is not a country wives, husbands or children tend to rush to. Unless they like cheap carpets, ex-Soviet plumbing and Human Rights abuses. And the Residence itself is that uniquely Tazbek combination: unfinished and yet already decaying.

Jennifer Davis - The Ambassador's long-suffering wife - has an impressive career as a doctor she wants to pursue. Instead, she spends a lot of time talking to tedious men from the EU, or local despots, while also making sure that - against the odds - they all get a nice British dinner. That's not easy given the resources in Tazbekistan. This place is far more survival course than holiday jaunt. Our diplomat heroes are far more likely to be drinking lethal vodka in the President's hunting yurt than having G&Ts on the lawn.

And none of them have seen a Ferrero Rocher for years...

Matthew Macfadyen Role: POD - Prince Of Darkness (appeared for all 3 episodes)

Status: filmed in the UK and Turkey. Broadcasting began 23 October 2013 on BBC 2 for 3 episodes

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Trivia: Matthew's wife, Keeley Hawes, also stars

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