The BBC drama will also star Jason Manford, Mackenzie Crook, Rebecca Callard and Sally Lindsay.
“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.” – Writer and creator, Danny Brocklehurst
From the creators of Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax, RED Productions, comes Ordinary Lies which will air on BBC One in 2015. The cast includes 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) who will star in this thrilling and darkly humorous drama about how a simple lie can spiral out of control and change your life forever.
We all tell little white lies everyday be it for self-protection, success or for love. But what happens when a spur-of-the-moment mistruth snowballs out of hand – is it possible get away with it or will the lie inevitably come undone to devastating effect?
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. Does this team that 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) that goes above and beyond the call of professionalism. However, Beth is still reeling from the disappearance of her husband so she’s 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 Rick (Latif), the showroom garage grease monkey, certainly doesn’t suffer from as he regales the team with tales of his party lifestyle.
“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 BBC1 audience next year.” – Poly Hill, BBC Head of Indie Drama
Ordinary Lies is written by Danny Brocklehurst, produced by Tom Sherry (Scott & Bailey) and directed by John McKay (Life on Mars) and Juliet May (Call the Midwife). The series will air in 2015.