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trans­gen­der, peo­ple on sec­ond mar­riages who have blended fam­i­lies. In some ways it’s all quite messy, but I think peo­ple’s lives are a bit messy. Ev­ery­body’s as­pir­ing to per­fec­tion – the per­fec­tion you see on so­cial me­dia – but deep down ev­ery­one’s floun­der­ing.’

That in­cludes most of Kate’s team. There’s stern Judy, played by Lewis ac­tress Re­becca Front, who’s spoil­ing for a fight af­ter be­ing beaten to the top job by Kate; Rick (Kenny Doughty), the deputy reg­is­trar who is go­ing through heart-break­ing IVF with his wife, but is in love with some­one else; and James (Mark Stan­ley), who’s about to turn his life up­side down. Only Anna (Rochenda San­dall) and Talia, played by new Doc­tor Who com­pan­ion Mandip Gill, seem im­mune from cri­sis. And then there are the sto­ries of the peo­ple they deal with.

‘Al­most all the tales have come via the reg­is­trars I met dur­ing my re­search,’ says Kay. ‘This is about real sto­ries that are hap­pen­ing up and down the coun­try. Some­times I’d go back over my work – some of it’s not po­lit­i­cally cor­rect – and won­der if I should change it. But then I’d re­mind my­self that I want to tell the truth, even if it’s not PC.’

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