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24 September 2014
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Robson Green and Tina Hobley to star in second series of Afternoon Plays

BBC Daytime has announced a second series of five hour-long Afternoon Plays following the critical acclaim of last year's dramas.

Robson Green and Tina Hobley head the cast of Venus and Mars, written by Johanna Baldwin, a sparky, witty story of love and friendship - and learning to tell the difference.

Sarah Lancashire makes her directorial debut with Viva Las Blackpool by Damian Fitzsimmons.

Viva Las Blackpool is described as a mad-cap tale of three middle-aged women struggling with love, ageing and flying hamsters.

Sarah says she is thrilled at the prospect of directing actors such as Paula Wilcox (Man About The House), John McArdle (Brookside, Merseybeat) and Clive Mantle (Casualty, Holby, Vicar of Dibley) who have all been signed up for Viva Las Blackpool.

She says: "This is a really exciting challenge. I am very much looking forward to working on the other side of the camera with a whole host of BBC talent."

Also in the director's chair is Christopher Timothy, star of BBC Daytime's Bafta-nominated Doctors.

Christopher will be directing Glasgow Dreams by Shan Khan - set on a Glaswegian council estate, this is a story of hope, determination and humour.

The final two plays are: Drive by Pete Lawson, a story about a young woman's ambition and the sacrifices she must make; and Sons, Daughters and Lovers by Matthew Parkhill, a screw ball love story, also featuring high-calibre talent in front of and behind the camera.

Daytime controller Alison Sharman says: "Following the success of the first run of Afternoon Plays I'm delighted that we have been able to attract big names and top-quality scripts once again.

"All five plays promise to be a real treat for BBC audiences and I feel this is raising the bar yet further for BBC Daytime over the coming months."

Notes to Editors

The Afternoon Plays are produced by BBC Birmingham for BBC Daytime and will be shown in Winter 2004.

The executive producers are Mal Young and Serena Cullen and the series producer is Will Trotter.

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