Filming has started on the new series of hit BBC One drama Ordinary Lies, which will be set in a call centre and warehouse of a sports sales company in Wales and will star EastEnders' Matt Di Angelo, Griff Rhys Jones and Waterloo Road star Angela Griffin,
Also starring in the new series are Jill Halfpenny (In The Club), Elen Rhys (Silent Witness), Gareth Pierce (Stella), Luke Bailey (Casualty), former Hear’Say singer, Noel Sullivan, Rebekah Staton (Raised By Wolves, Pulling), Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat), Con O’Neill (Happy Valley, Cucumber) and Joel Fry (Game Of Thrones, Plebs).
Ordinary Lies' writer and executive producer Danny Brocklehurst said: “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.”
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 web of 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). 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, forklift driver Wendy Walker (Staton) proves she will go to any lengths to protect those she loves, while warehouse manager Toke (Fry) has an alter-ego that puts his generous nature to the test and one half of office couple and warehouse picker Fletch (Di Angelo) finds his happy marriage threatened when he is reunited with his estranged father.
Ordinary Lies' executive producer Nicola Shindler said: “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.”
Ordinary Lies was a big success for BBC One when it premiered last year, drawing audiences of six million-plus to the deceitful lives of a cast that starred Jo Joyner and Sally Lindsey among a talented cast.
No word yet on when Ordinary Lies series two will screen.
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