Ordinary Lies

Ordinary Lies
Genre Drama/Action
Created by Danny Brocklehurst
Written by Danny Brocklehurst
Directed by John McKay
Juliet May
Misha Manson-Smith
Jon Wright
Starring Series 1
Jo Joyner
Michelle Keegan
Max Beesley
Jason Manford
Mackenzie Crook
Sally Lindsay
Shazad Latif
Series 2
Con O'Neill
Angela Griffin
Kimberley Nixon
Joel Fry
Rebekah Staton
Matt Di Angelo
Luke Bailey
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Nicola Shindler
Producer(s) Tom Sherry
Location(s) The London Studios Warrington
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Red Production Company
Original network
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Original release 17 March 2015 (2015-03-17) – present
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Ordinary Lies is a British drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One on 17 March 2015. The six-part first series, written by Danny Brocklehurst, is set in a car showroom.[1][2] The second, also in six-parts, is set in the warehouse of a sports goods company based in Wales. The series executive producer is Nicola Shindler.[3] The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore for the BBC. In Australia, the series premiered on BBC First from July 25, 2015.[4]


Series 1

JS Motors, a car dealership located in Warrington, near Manchester, employs a number of 'ordinary' people, each with dark secrets. As each episode unravels, it becomes clear how quickly lies can escalate with shocking consequences.

Series 2

Coopers Outdoors, a Sports Goods Company based in Cardiff, has a number of workers who each hold a dark secret. As each episode unfolds, and each characters story is revealed, it becomes clear just how fast secrets can be revealed and the shocking aftermaths that can follow.


Main cast

Series 1 (2015)

Series 2 (2016)

Supporting cast

Series 1 (2015)

Series 2 (2016)


Series 1 (2015)

No. Title Directed by Written by Ratings (in millions)[5]
Sourced by BARB.
Original airdate
1"Marty's Story"John McKayDanny Brocklehurst6.3417 March 2015
Salesman Marty (Jason Manford) is in trouble with company boss Mike (Max Beesley) for repeatedly arriving late for work. In order to escape being sacked, he tells a shocking lie - that his ill wife has died. Secretary Kathy (Sally Lindsay) homes in on his lie, but not before he has cheated with accountant Grace (Rebecca Callard). Meanwhile, Mike wants to embark on a future with the deputy manager Beth (Jo Joyner), but she is hung up on her husband, who has been inexplicably missing for a year.
2"Tracy's Story"John McKayDanny Brocklehurst6.9024 March 2015
Receptionists Tracy (Michelle Keegan) and Viv (Cherrelle Skeete) tell everyone at work that they are both going to Ibiza on holiday, when actually they are actually running an errand for Tracy's boyfriend Jimmy. When they discover that the errand involves heading to the Dominican Republic to smuggle drugs back into the country, the pair immediately try to back out, but Jimmy isn't having any of it. Whilst Tracy makes it back without being caught, Viv is arrested by local customs officials.
3"Kathy's Story"Juliet MayDanny Brocklehurst6.3131 March 2015
Secretary Kathy (Sally Lindsay) is tired of husband Ralf (Tony Maudsley) being unable to have sex, and decides to seek a partner to do it with after years of being celibate. After getting involved with Niall, (Edward MacLiam), she believes she has found the answer to all of her problems, until things start to escalate. When Kathy witnesses an attack whilst with Niall, she is forced to battle with her conscience. Does she tell the police, or does she keep her affair a secret from her husband?
4"Rick's Story"Juliet MayDanny Brocklehurst6.197 April 2015
Mechanic Rick (Shazad Latif) is suffering from marital problems. Mike allows him to stay as a guest in his spare room until he can get himself back on his feet, but Rick soon finds himself becoming too involved with Mike's 15-year-old daughter, Ruby (Holly Earl). Rick struggles to understand his feelings towards the immature Ruby. Though he is fully aware that legally she is a child, with her consent, he takes her virginity - but soon comes to realise exactly what he has done.
5"Pete's Story"John McKayDanny Brocklehurst6.4114 April 2015
Salesman Pete (Mackenzie Crook) is left to face the consequences when a woman that he had an affair, as well as her new partner, Lloyd (Darren Connelly), begin to demand money from him in order for him to see his illegitimate son. Pete organises a sting in which two of the most expensive cars on the company forecourt are hijacked during a test drive, but his actions come close to being exposed by Mike. Meanwhile, Jason (George Bukhari) reveals the truth about his relationship with his girlfriend.
6"Beth's Story"John McKayDanny Brocklehurst6.3521 April 2015
Deputy manager Beth (Jo Joyner)'s estranged husband Dave (Shaun Dooley) returns sixteen months after he disappeared, just as she is about to settle into a relationship with Mike. Torn over whether to allow her ex a chance, or form a relationship with her new beau, Beth's life begins to crumble around her. But when the real reasons behind Dave's disappearance start to come to light, Beth is forced to make a promise which she realises that she might not be able to keep.

Series 2 (2016)

No. Title Directed by Written by Ratings (in millions)[5]
Sourced by BARB.
Original airdate
1"Joe's Story"Misha Manson-SmithDanny Brocklehurst6.4218 October 2016
Head of Sales Joe Brierley (Con O'Neill) is forced to go home early one day following a workplace related accident. When he arrives home, he finds his wife, Belinda (Jill Halfpenny), acting strangely. Suspecting that she may be playing away, Joe decides to CCTV cameras inside his home. Although he discovers no evidence of an affair, he discovers Belinda is regularly meeting with another woman. When he decides to follow her, he discovers she is involved with something much darker than he ever expected.
2"Holly's Story"Misha Manson-SmithDanny Brocklehurst5.5925 October 2016
Social media addict Holly Pryce (Kimberley Nixon) makes the most of manager Jenna (Angela Griffin) being away, and decides to spice up her life by reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend, who claims to be recently divorced. Moving into Jenna's empty flat, and taking her place at a charity dinner at a swanky hotel, Holly finally believes she is living the life she has always wanted. But when she discovers her new beau is playing away, and she accidentally kills Jenna's cat, her dream lifestyle begins to crumble around her.
3"Toke's Story"Jon WrightDanny Brocklehurst4.061 November 2016
Warehouse manager Toke (Joel Fry) likes to dress up as a superhero, Rain Town Knight, in his spare time. When out patrolling the streets one night, he comes across a young girl named Chrissy, while she is being stabbed. He takes her to A&E, and the pair strike up a friendship. In order to get Chrissy off the streets, he allows her to sleep in his camper van. As the pair continue to bond, he inadvertently becomes involved in Chrissy's bid to gain access to her young son, who is in the care of her stepfather and his girlfriend.
4"Wendy's Story"Misha Manson-SmithDanny Brocklehurst4.538 November 2016
Forklift driver Wendy (Rebekah Staton)'s relationship with her girlfriend Katya is rocked when her ex, Nina, begins to target them with a campaign of harassment. Wendy decides to warn Nina off, but she responds by posting revenge porn online. Wendy realises that the only way to end Nina's torment is to fight fire with fire. She concocts a plan with work colleague Lenny to pay a group of thugs £5,000 to scare Nina. But when Nina is nearly killed in a hit and run, Wendy realises her plan has gone horribly wrong.
5"Fletch's Story"Jon WrightDanny Brocklehurst4.1915 November 2016
Office couple Fletch (Matt Di Angelo) and Caz (Elen Rhys) are happily married, but their marriage is rocked when Caz contacts Fletch's absent father Patrick (Griff Rhys Jones) without his consent. When Patrick rejects Fletch in favour of his other family, he goes into a destructive downward spiral, leaving Caz and nearly starting an affair with fellow office worker Sarah-Jane (Elinor Crawley).
6"Jenna's Story"Jon WrightDanny Brocklehurst-22 November 2016
General manager Jenna (Angela Griffin) is rocked when her troublesome sister Lizzie (Judi Shekoni) is released from prison. With her relationship with fiance Jake (Kingsley Ben-Adir) showing cracks after rounds of failed IVF, Jenna succumbs to Lizzie's bad influence and takes drugs on a night out. However, events come back to haunt her when she is arrested for dealing to a boy who had a bad reaction to the drugs. Meanwhile, Ally (Jennifer Nicholas) finally inspires Ash (Luke Bailey) to get help.


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