Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Literally Couldn't Put the Script Down; Some of Britain's Most Popular Actors Join the Ensemble Cast of This Six-Part Drama about Colleagues with Something in Common - Secrets and Lies the Big INTERVIEW by Neil Batey

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Literally Couldn't Put the Script Down; Some of Britain's Most Popular Actors Join the Ensemble Cast of This Six-Part Drama about Colleagues with Something in Common - Secrets and Lies the Big INTERVIEW by Neil Batey

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ORDINARY LIES Tue BBC1 9pm New series They say a secret is just a lie by another name. And the tangled web of tall tales told by the characters in this drama series leads to some truly shocking confessions...

The primetime six-parter features an allstar ensemble cast, including Jason Manford, Max Beesley, Sally Lindsay, and former soap stars Michelle Keegan and Jo Joyner.

Viewers will learn that the staff of JS Motors in Manchester all have skeletons rattling in their closets. As the series unfolds, their duplicitous lives spiral out of control.

Each episode focuses on a different character, with the first instalment telling the story of affable salesman Marty McLean (Manford). An outwardly happy family man, Marty is actually suffering from a midlife crisis. Stuck in a rut both at home and work, he's on his last warning for persistent lateness from boss Mike (Beesley).

When a hangover results in him sleeping in again, he tells an unforgivable falsehood - claiming he can't come into work because his wife Katrina (Erin Shanagher) has died.

"Marty acts out of desperation," explains Jason, 33. "He's stressed, has money worries and a sick wife. At first, he doesn't think he's done much wrong. It's only when things start to unravel that he sees the gravity of his lie."

As "grief-stricken" Marty skives off work, he's forced to tell more porkies when bouquets of flowers arrive from sympathetic colleagues.

Worse still, when he finally returns to JS Motors, he forms an inappropriate relationship with Grace (Rebecca Callard), a co-worker who's keen to provide a shoulder to cry on and much more!

Although Jason has had cameo roles in shows such as Shameless and Ripper Street, Ordinary Lies is by far the most high-profile drama on his acting CV.

"It definitely feels like a step up for me," he says. "To be on screen with these established actors was daunting, but I learnt an awful lot from them all. …

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