Ordinary Lies script
Ordinary Lies  Season #2 Episode #1 (2015)
Synopsis: 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. 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. The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore for the BBC. In Australia, the series premiered on BBC First from July 25, 2015.

Upbeat music...

Joe Brierley’s car parking in the large car park of Coopers

Outdoors, a Sports Direct type call centre and warehouse -

taking orders and distributing sports goods to the whole


Other workers park, tread in, we see work couple Caz and

Fletch amongst others.

We go with Joe, as he lets onto people, he is popular - HEAD

OF SALES, he wears suit and tie, but notably, he’s unshaven -

he isn’t naturally a smart guy - he is older than everyone

else that works here, 40s.


Music continues...

Joe heading inside, and suddenly we are in a LARGE CALL

CENTRE, THE MODERN OFFICE, small booths in clusters, ‘teams’

sectioned together - desks, phones, computers, everyone has

personalised their space. Everyone wears headsets.

46% of call centre workers are under 30. 10% are over 50. The

rest are in between...

People are already here, talking into headsets, gossiping

with one another, perched on desks. No one wears a uniform,

but most are dressed smart - shirt and tie or nice blouse...

with one or two exceptions, the scruffs...

As Joe heads through he passes a few people who will become

our regulars - Caz Connor, CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPERVISOR

(stunning looking, one half of the office couple, the

Branjelina of Coopers - Caz and Fletch), TELESALES ADVISORS

Ray Finch (a scruff) and Karl Shelvey (ex-army, deadpan,

extremely leftfield)...


(for the amusement of the

staff, loudly announces)

So there’s this inflatable school -

it’s got inflatable chairs,

inflatable tables, inflatable

pupils and inflatable teachers...

People turn to listen, love Joe and his morning jokes.


But one day someone brings in a

large knitting needle.


Ordinary Lies 2 Episode 1 Pink Amends 2.


The head discovers the culprit and

calls him to his office, he says to

the kid, ‘This is totally

unacceptable - you’ve let yourself

down, you’ve let your friends down,

you’ve let the whole school


Laughter/groans. Joe just carries on regardless. He’s their

boss but he acts like their mate...

...and then, coming this way, a life force, TELESALES ADVISOR

Ally Jones (20s, Welsh, self absorbed in a strangely

endearing way). She holds aloft a poster -

DECREE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, Ally’s freedom drinks (with a

photoshopped photo of her being released from chains).


Joe, I’m putting these up, Thursday

night - everyone welcome -

She motions to Karl.


Well, not everyone

Joe just laughs and heads on...

...passing Holly Pryce, early 30s, quirky looking, PA to the

General Manager -


The promo costumes are here - head

office say everyone, no




Great - so where’s yours

She’s away with a playful smile.

He heads on, to a large glass office - the only part of the

whole space that isn’t open plan. This is the office of the

GENERAL MANAGER, Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Moss - early 30s,

immaculate, pristine. For a long time we won’t penetrate her

business exterior, she is quite unknowable. She exudes

confidence and a kind of perfection -


Morning Jenna


Joe - you know today’s


(through gritted teeth)

I know, I’m on it

Ordinary Lies 2 Episode 1 Pink Amends 3.


Sorry. Head office...


I assume you’ll be wearing one - to

support the troops.


Of course.

She closes her door, no intention of.

Joe heads back to his desk, starts delving through TWO HUGE

BROWN BOXES DUMPED by his desk... his heart sinks as he


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Danny Brocklehurst

Danny Brocklehurst (born 1971, Hyde, Cheshire, England, U.K.) is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning English screenwriter. Brocklehurst worked as a journalist for several years (as a freelancer for The Guardian, City Life and Manchester Evening News and senior feature writer for The Big Issue) before becoming a full-time screenwriter. more…

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