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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

BBC announce cast for 'Ordinary Lies'

The BBC has announced a host of well known names will appear in new drama Ordinary Lies.


The cast, including Max Beesley (Mad Dogs), Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street), Jason Manford (Little Crackers), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean), Jo Joyner (EastEnders), Rebecca Callard (Glue), Sally Lindsay (Mount Pleasant), Belinda Stewart-Wright (The Inbetweeners), Shazad Latif (Spooks), Shaun Dooley (Misfits) and Fisayo Akinade (Cucumber) will star in what the BBC has described as a "thrilling and darkly humorous drama about how a simple lie can spiral out of control and change a life forever."

The six-part series is set on the shopfloor and in the offices of a motor showroom, Ordinary Lies tells the story of how desperation can lead to drastic solutions, even in the most everyday of workplaces. Following an ordinary group of colleagues and friends, the witty drama reveals the extraordinary, gradual unravelling of each individual’s torrid lies and secrets which, on occasion, lead to life-shattering consequences.

As the series progresses, the tangled web of tall tales result in revelations, shocks and stunning confessions, revealing some difficult dilemmas that the characters must face up to. Do this team, who see each other every day, really know each other at all?

Ambitious showroom boss, Mike (Beesley) is the driving force behind the business, but his marriage to Alison (Stewart-Wright) seems to be in less-than-perfect working condition, and his actions suggest an interest in Head of Sales, Beth (Joyner) which goes above and beyond the call of professionalism.

Beth, however, is still reeling from the disappearance of her husband and she is not one to suffer fools gladly, which is just as well considering her sales team: happy-go-lucky family man, Marty (Manford) who proves he will hide his disparagement with his job at all costs; hypochondriac and former gambler Paracetemol Pete (Crook) and joker Fat Jason (George Bukhari, Happy Valley) whose ‘funny’ sales pitches don’t always hit the mark with customers.

Meanwhile, Kathy (Lindsey) is Mike’s PA and the mother figure of the team, who loves a good gossip. This doesn’t extend to her own private life though, which would be the talk of the office if anyone knew the truth. Young party girls and wannabe WAGs, Tracy (Keegan) and Viv (Cherrelle Skeet, Call The Midwife), work on reception but dream of living the life of luxury. What extremes will they go to to achieve their fantasies? Head of Online Sales Grace (Callard) is desperate to be part of their gang, but lurks on the sidelines lacking the confidence to join in - a problem that Rick (Latif), the showroom garage grease monkey, certainly doesn’t suffer from as he regales the team with tales of his party lifestyle.

Writer and creator, Danny Brocklehurst says: “I'm delighted to have attracted such an amazing cast to Ordinary Lies. This is a show I'm truly passionate about and it's a dream come true to be making such a bold series for BBC One. Red Production Company has a track record of making brilliant, powerful, life affirming drama and I hope Ordinary Lies continues that trend.”

Producer, Tom Sherry, says: “Ordinary Lies is full of gripping suspense as well as dark humour and should have audiences shouting 'don't do it!' at the screen, yet also laughing along with them. Danny’s writing is so clever because all the characters feel like friends and you can't help but root for them, despite their sometimes ludicrous choices.

“We are making a drama with great ambition both in scale and look which is reflected in the wonderful talent that will lead the cast and the skilful directors that will bring Danny’s vision to life.”

Polly Hill, BBC Head of Independent drama says: “It is testament to Danny's wonderful scripts that they have attracted this fantastic cast. The scripts have you laughing one minute and crying the next and with this cast it promises to be a real treat for our BBC One audience next year.”

Ordinary Lies is expected in 2015 on BBC ONE

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