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Jo Joyner: 'I don't know how much they want to make a second series of Ordinary Lies'

Ordinary Lies star Jo Joyner says she hopes the hit BBC drama will get a second series, but it's nailed on, and she revealed fans have inundated her with advice about which man her character, Beth, should chose.

Beth was on the verge of settling down with car showroom manager Mike (played by Mad Dogs star Max Beesley) when her husband – who had been missing for 16 months – reappeared out of the blue in the final episode of the hit car sales yard drama, leaving things on a cliffhanger.

“I was thinking that a lot of people liked me and Max’s character together,” says Jo, who also plays Tanya Branning in BBC soap EastEnders. “But when you see Beth’s husband come back I thought they’d feel sorry for him because he had an awful breakdown. I thought they'd want them to get back together.”

“But lots of people just said ‘Yeah, but it wasn’t your fault he had that breakdown!’ People are a bit colder than I thought! Maybe it’s because Max is such a good-looking chap.”

Yet Jo, who was speaking at the press launch for her new BBC1 crime drama The Interceptor (opens in new tab), was blown away by how viewers took to Ordinary Lies and hopes BBC bosses will commission another series sooner rather than later.

“I’ve been really thrilled with the reaction," she explains. "It’s gone down brilliantly and it was up for some awards, so you’d think they’d make a second series? I don’t know how much they want to really. I hope they do and we should know by June.”

The Interceptor premieres on BBC1 at 9pm on Wednesday, June 10


Sean Marland
Feature writer for TV Times, What's On TV, TV & Satellite Week and

Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.