As filming begins of the second series of BBC One and RED Production Company’s highly acclaimed drama, Ordinary Lies, it has today been announced that Angela Griffin (Inspector Lewis, Waterloo Road), Rebekah Staton (Raised By Wolves, Pulling), Matt Di Angelo (Hustle, EastEnders), Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat, Hebburn), Con O’Neill (Happy Valley, Cucumber) and Joel Fry (Game Of Thrones, Plebs) will lead the stellar cast.
Created by award-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst (The Driver, Accused) and produced by RED Production Company (Happy Valley, Last Tango In Halifax), the second series of Ordinary Lies will explore the lives, loves and lies of a brand new workforce.
Welsh comedian and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones is also set to star in the original drama, heading up an impressive ensemble cast which includes Jill Halfpenny (In The Club), Elen Rhys (Silent Witness), Gareth Pierce (Stella), Luke Bailey (Casualty) and former Hear’Say singer Noel Sullivan.
Writer and executive producer, Danny Brocklehurst, says: “I have loved creating a new web of intrigue, secrecy and mayhem for a range of new characters, which will be brought to life by a truly fantastic and talented cast. The new series promises more humour, heartache and shock revelations as very ordinary people find themselves in the most desperate of situations.”
Based at the call centre and warehouse of a sports sales company in Wales, the six-part drama will introduce viewers to a fresh array of compelling and clandestine characters, with each episode delving into one of their tangled webs of torrid secrets and lies.
The first episode of the new series sees affable Head of Sales, Joe Brierley (O’Neill), go to drastic measures to watch over his family when he suspects his wife of having an affair. Installing hidden cameras in his home in an act of desperation, will he soon realise that ignorance is bliss?
His suspicious actions don’t bypass the all-seeing eye of General Manager and disciplinarian, Jenna Moss (Griffin). Highly organised and effortlessly stylish, Jenna takes everything in her stride, much to the awe of her lonely and dissatisfied PA, Holly Pryce (Nixon), whose insecurities make her constantly feel that others’ lives are more exciting than her own. However, little does Holly know that under Jenna’s composed exterior, a dark past is lurking.
Meanwhile, down in the warehouse, despite having a tough exterior and sharp tongue, gregarious Forklift Driver Wendy Walker (Staton) proves she will go to any lengths to protect those she loves; prankster Warehouse Manager Toke (Fry) has an alter-ego that puts his generous nature to the test; and one half of office couple, Warehouse Picker Fletch (Di Angelo), finds his happy marriage threatened when he is reunited with his estranged father.
Executive producer Nicola Shindler says: “The audience response to the first series of Ordinary Lies was truly overwhelming, so we’re delighted to be introducing a brand new set of characters and deceptions for viewers to sink their teeth into for series two.”
BBC executive producer, Elizabeth Kilgarriff, says: “We are delighted to have another brilliant cast to star in a new series of Ordinary Lies. Danny’s writing really strikes a chord with audiences, and each character’s story will make viewers question what they would do in each individual’s situation.”
The first series of the multi-layered drama, which premiered on BBC One last year, received critical acclaim and achieved an average consolidated audience of over 6 million.
Ordinary Lies is a RED Production Company production for BBC One. It is created, written and executive produced by Danny Brocklehurst and Nicola Shindler for RED Production Company and executive produced by Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC. The series is produced by Emily Feller (Banana).