Amanda Abbington, Alan Carr and Jake Wood rave about Ordinary Lies

Jason Manford cuts his drama teeth alongside Jo Joyner and Michelle Keegan, and viewers are sold on this "cracking" show

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Brand new drama Ordinary Lies launched last night to high praise, with plenty chucked Jason Manford’s way for his surprising dramatic turn. 

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The stand-up comic threw viewers in at the deep end of the show’s premise – how much harm can one little lie do? – by faking his wife’s death when it looked like he might lose his job as JS Motors car showroom. 

There was surprise that the comedian, usually found on a panel show, could do panicked and troubled. The show boasts big-name talent including former The Office star Mackenzie Crook and Mad Dogs’ Max Beesley. But it’s a casting that’s hit the right notes.

Stars of the screen were impressed too. Jo Joyner’s former EastEnders co-star Jake Wood showed his support:

As did chat show host Alan Carr:

Gaby Roslin joined in the praise:

Sherlock and Mr Selfridge star Amanda Abbington joined the fans:

As did Lisa Riley, who’s pretty sure Manford stole the show:

The drama also heralds Michelle Keegan’s return to screens after her dramatic exit from Coronation Street. The spotlight turns on her character, fun-loving receptionist Tracy, next week as she gets into all manner of trouble in the Caribbean. Viewers are certainly happy to see her back on their telly boxes.

One to add to your iPlayer list if you missed it.

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Ordinary Lies continues next Tuesday at 9:00pm on BBC1