Max Beesley, Michelle Keegan, Jason Manford, Mackenzie Crook, Jo Joyner, Rebecca Callard and Sally Lindsay to star in Ordinary Lies

It is testament to Danny's wonderful scripts, which have you laughing one minute and crying the next, that they have attracted this fantastic cast.Polly Hill, BBC Head of Independent drama
Date: 23.09.2014     Last updated: 23.09.2014 at 11.58

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 this thrilling and darkly humorous drama about how a simple lie can spiral out of control and change a life forever.

We all tell little white lies everyday, be it for self-protection, success or love. But what happens when a spur-of-the-moment mistruth snowballs out of hand? Will the liar 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. 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 written by Danny Brocklehurst, produced by Tom Sherry (Scott & Bailey) and directed by John McKay (Life On Mars) and Juliet May (Call The Midwife). Executive producers are Nicola Shindler for RED Production Company and Polly Hill for BBC. Ordinary Lies was commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson.

For more information, please contact:

Katy Ardagh and Christina Joyce at Premier / 0207 292 7358 / 0207 292 7352

Notes to Editors

About RED Production Company

RED Production Company was set up by Nicola Shindler in 1998 to work with the best writers on modern, innovative and entertaining programming. The Manchester-based indie has since produced some of the UK’s most popular drama series, working with esteemed writers including multi-award winning Russell T Davies, Bill Gallagher, BAFTA-winning Sally Wainwright, BAFTA and Emmy award winning Danny Brocklehurst and Sean Conway