Ordinary Lies gets a second series with new characters

The BBC1 drama is returning — but it'll be set somewhere different and feature a new cast

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Ordinary Lies has been given a second series by the BBC, set in a different location with a new cast of characters hiding a new set of dark secrets.

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The first series of Danny Brocklehurst’s hit drama, which reached audiences of around 6 million on BBC1, starred Jo Joyner, Shaun Dooley, Jason Manford and Michelle Keegan and was set in a car showroom — but the new series will take place in the headquarters of a large national sports goods company with a new array of characters, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal. 

Brocklehurst, who wrote the drama, said, “we were incredibly lucky with a stellar cast for series one – all of whom gave gripping performances which not only translated into great ratings but also critical acclaim. The second series will explore the clandestine lives of a new group of colleagues whose 9 to 5 personas belie a much darker personal life.”

When RadioTimes.com interviewed Brocklehurst about the series one finale in April, he said that he envisaged a second series to be set in the same car showroom, but that he wanted to “inject some new characters in it to give you somewhere to go with new stories and secrets.”

Since then, the plan has changed in terms of the show’s setting, and it remains to be seen whether any of the series one faces will return, or whether it’ll be a completely new cast.

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The new episodes, which look set to be as full of shocking secrets as the first series, will go into production in 2016.