The cast has been announced for the second season of BBC One’s Ordinary Lies.
Filming has begun in Wales on six new episodes of Shameless writer Danny Brocklehurst’s acclaimed drama series from the makers of Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax.
The first season launched on BBC One in March last year, averaging a consolidated audience of over 6 million.
Season 2 will explore “the lives, loves and lies” of a brand new workforce.
Heading up the all-new cast are Angela Griffin (Lewis), Rebekah Staton (Pulling), Matt Di Angelo (Hustle), Kimberley Nixon (Critical), Con O’Neill (Cucumber) and Joel Fry (Plebs).
Also joining the cast are Welsh comedian Griff Rhys Jones, 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 teased: “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 opening episode of the second season will see 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, whilst 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 commented: “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 added: “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.”
Watch the Season 1 trailer…
Season 2 is expected to air on BBC One later this year.
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