TV preview: Love, Lies and Records

FOR THE RECORD: The cast of Love Lies and Records, inspired by Leeds Town Hall, Rochenda Sandall, Kenny Doughty Rebecca Front, Ashley Jensen, Mark Stanley and Mandip Gill. PIC: Ben Blackall

Kay Mellor’s Love, Lies and Records gets its first airing the BBC next week.

The series follows registrar Kate Dickenson (Ashley Jensen) as she tries to juggle her personal life with the daily dramas of births, marriages and deaths and the impact they have on her.

After a dream promotion to the top job of superintendent, Kate finds herself increasingly torn by the endless responsibilities of being a modern working mother. Her daughter’s hiding suspicious messages on her mobile, her son hates her because she’s bought him the wrong trainers and now her stepson’s turned up unannounced to stay.

As Kate tries to hold her work, life and relationship together, things go from complicated to impossible when a disgruntled colleague threatens to expose a secret from her past. The series explores how women in particular have to juggle their lives. Kate has reached the top of her profession but with everything she’s worked for in jeopardy, can she sustain herself when it’s not just her job that’s on the line?

Leeds-born Mellor says the idea for the series began when she was waiting to register the death of her own mother at Leeds Town Hall.

“I was next to a couple who were waiting to register the birth of their much wanted baby girl,” she says. “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.”

Love, Lies and Records, BBC1, 9pm, Thursday, November 16

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