BBC One and Red Production Company have found the lead actor for their newest drama series Ordinary Lies.
Max Beesley – who just joined the cast of the Sky1/Cinemax co-production Strike Back for its final season – is set to topline the six episode series, which was created by The Driver scribe Danny Brocklehurst. He leads a cast which also includes 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).
Ordinary Lies focuses on the diverse staff of a car showroom and explores how desperation can lead to drastic solutions, even in the most everyday of workplaces. The series reveals the extraordinary, gradual unravelling of each individual’s torrid lies and secrets which, on occasion, lead to life-shattering consequences.
Max Beesley has been cast as Mike, the boss of the car showroom; Belinda Stewart Wright as Alison, Mike’s wife; Jo Joyner as Beth, the showroom’s Head of Sales who is still reeling from the disappearance of her husband; Jason Manford as Marty, a member of Beth’s sales team; Mackenzie Crook as Paracetemol Pete, a hypochondriac and former gambler; Rebecca Callard as Grace, Head of Online Sales; George Bukhari as Fat Jason; Sally Lindsay as Kathy; Michelle Keegan as Tracy; Cherrelle Skeet as Viv; and Shazad Latif as Rick.
Penned by Brocklehurst, Ordinary Lies has been in development at Red and the BBC for quite some time and initially received a green-light from BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson ahead of GETIF 2013. Red Production Company is producing, with Tom Sherry serving as the series producer, while Nicola Shindler and Polly Hill are executive producing. John McKay (Life on Mars) and Juliet May (Call the Midwife) are attached to direct.
“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”, said Danny Brocklehurst. “Red Production Company has a track record of making brilliant, powerful, life affirming drama and I hope Ordinary Lies continues that trend.”