Brand new drama Ordinary Lies launched last night to high praise, with plenty chucked Jason Manford’s way for his surprising dramatic turn.
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.
@JasonManford ordinary lies – knew it be good in the first 30 secs – love it. Well done 🙂
— Helen Kendall (@hjkendall2003) March 18, 2015
— TheMrs (@MrsCocoC) March 18, 2015
@JasonManford You were ace on Ordinary Lies tonight. I can’t wait for the next ep!
— . (@_sweetenerx) March 18, 2015
— Natalie Beach (@natalietwit88) March 18, 2015
Stars of the screen were impressed too. Jo Joyner’s former EastEnders co-star Jake Wood showed his support:
— Jake Wood (@mrjakedwood) March 17, 2015
As did chat show host Alan Carr:
— Alan Carr (@AlanCarr) March 17, 2015
Gaby Roslin joined in the praise:
— Gaby Roslin (@GabyRoslin) March 17, 2015
Sherlock and Mr Selfridge star Amanda Abbington joined the fans:
— Amanda Abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) March 17, 2015
As did Lisa Riley, who’s pretty sure Manford stole the show:
WHAT A GREAT SHOW! @JasonManford nailed it babes but mainly you stole the show in your hometown! You should be seriously proud of yourself????
— Lisa Jane riley (@Reallisariley) March 17, 2015
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.
— sammy (@sammy57280488) March 18, 2015
— Paul Johnson (@paulozzy82) March 18, 2015
— tom (@tomdownes11) March 18, 2015
One to add to your iPlayer list if you missed it.