Leeds’s Kay Mellor hopes to register another big hit with new BBC drama series

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Leeds writer Kay Mellor has never been shy about using her own experiences as an inspiration for her stories.

And she has once again drawn on life in her home city during work on her latest project, a six-part drama for BBC One called Love, Lies And Records.

Explaining how she came up with the idea for the series, Kay said: “When I was waiting to register the death of my mother at Leeds Town Hall, I was next to a couple who were waiting to register the birth of their much wanted baby girl.

“Later on that week, I attended the wedding of some friends of ours. I realised that the register office was a microcosm of life itself – tears, laughter and celebrations.

“As I sat watching the registrars marry my friends, I started to wonder about their lives and how they dealt with the rollercoaster of emotions that they go through on a daily basis. Not long after, a series started to develop in my head.”

The newly-announced cast for Love, Lies And Records includes Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty, Extras), Adrian Bower (Teachers, The Last Kingdom), Kenny Doughty (Vera, Stella) and Rebecca Front (War And Peace, Humans).

Filming gets under way next month, with BBC executive producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff telling viewers that the finished programme will take them on an “emotional rollercoaster”.

Bafta award-winning Kay’s previous work includes A Passionate Woman, a drama about the far-reaching impact of a love affair that was inspired by a real-life confession from her mother.

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