Rules of the Game explores toxic workplace culture (Picture: BBC)
However, bar what you know will be an excellent performance from Peake, and an intriguing plotline, the two programmes couldn’t be more different.
The series takes a look at sexual politics in the workplace, with Peake’s character Sam recounting the events that lead up to the shocking discovery of a body found in the reception of a northern sportswear company.
It also follows a new HR director as they take on the uphill struggle of tackling the insidious lad culture in the office.
Colour us intrigued, as the topic of the drama already has viewers wondering if it’s based on a true story.
Who is in the cast of Rules of the Game?
The four-part series starts this week (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Guy Farrow)
Peake will be joined by a host of recognisable faces in the cast, as the show looks to keep its audience enthralled during January.
Sam’s feathers are ruffled (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Brian Sweeney)
Peake stars as Sam, chief operating officer at sportswear company Fly, who clashes with new starter Maya as she attempts to unpick the company’s toxic work culture.
As well as already stunning in Anne at the start of 2022, where she played real-life Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, who lost her son in the tragedy, the acclaimed actress has also been in series including Criminal Justice, legal drama Silk and Shameless, as well as Little Dorrit, Black Mirror and 2017’s Three Girls.
She rose to fame as Twinkle in Victoria Wood sitcom Dinnerladies, and other early prominent roles included Clocking Off and The Way We Live Now, with David Suchet, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Macfadyen and Shirley Henderson.
Maya is ready to make changes (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Brian Sweeney)
Thakrar is Maya Benshaw, Fly’s newly-appointed HR director, who uncovers dark secrets as she tries to tackle the worrying behaviour at the company.
Soon both she and Sam are asking questions about a young female employee, Amy, who died in mysterious circumstances after a company party some years ago.
She also featured in Mindy Kaling’s 2019 Four Weddings and a Funeral TV adaptation for Hulu, and is set to appear in the Timothée Chalamet Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka, which is currently in production.
Anita is the matriarch (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Brian Sweeney)
Steadman plays Anita, widow of Harry who founded the family company. She’s alarmed to hear Maya asking questions as they prepare to float on the stock exchange.
The 75-year-old star is loved by many for her performance as Pam Shipman in Gavin and Stacey, but her vast career also includes the Colin Firth adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Mike Leigh’s classic 70s TV plays Abigail’s Party and Nuts in May.
She’s been nominated for a Bafta twice – for Fat Friends in 2001 and The Singing Detective in 1987 – and also won an Olivier for best actress in the stage production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
DI Preston is investigating Fly (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Brian Sweeney)
Wokoma features as DI Eve Preston, who is investigating a case that involves the company and its staff.
The actress and writer appeared as Raquel in Crazyhead and Cynthia in Chewing Gum, opposite Michaela Coel.
In 2017, she was named as one of Europe’s Forbes 30 Under 30, as well as being named a Bafta Breakthrough Brit by an international jury.
She played Edith in Netflix romp Enola Holmes and starred with Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Emma D’Arcy and A Clockwork Orange’s Malcolm McDowell in comedy horror series Truth Seekers.
Owen helps run the family company (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Matt Squire)
Batt is Owen Jenkins, son of Anita and one of the brothers involved in the running of the company.
His wife Vanessa is played by Stage Beauty and Demons actress Zoë Tapper.
Batt starred with Peake in Shameless as the villainous Joe Pritchard, but he’s also appeared in military drama Our Girl with Michelle Keegan and W1A, The Go-Between and Scott and Bailey.
When is Rules of the Game on?
Gareth is Owen’s brother, and played by Kieran Bew (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Matt Squire)
Rules of the Game starts on Tuesday January 11 on BBC One.
It will be broadcast at 9pm.
The four-part series will run over two weeks, with two episodes each week on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Rules of the Game starts Tuesday January 11 at 9pm on BBC One.