BBC1 has called for more Ordinary Lies after renewing the Red Production Company drama.

Ordinary Lies

The broadcaster has ordered a second 6 x 60-minute series of Danny Brocklehurst’s show, which followed a group of ordinary people who harboured dark secrets.

Ordinary Lies launched in March and entertained an average of 5.8m (22.7%), above the channel’s slot average of 5.2m (21.1%) for the year-to-date.

While the first run was set in a car dealership located outside Manchester, the second series will be based in the headquarters of a large, national sports goods company with a different set of clandestine characters.

It will air in the new year after it was renewed by BBC drama commissioning controller Polly Hill and BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore. Brocklehurst and Red founder Nicola Shindler will exec produce with Emily Feller series producing.

“Danny’s brilliant scripts really do make the ordinary lives of our characters become extraordinary,” said Hill. “His warm, funny and clever stories will once again make gripping viewing for our BBC1 audience.”

Brocklehurst added: “The second series will explore the clandestine lives of a new group of colleagues whose nine-to-five personas belie a much darker personal life.”

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