Thursday Love, Lies & Records 9pm, BBC One
GAWD blimey. When you see the names of some of the actors featured in this new six-part series – specifically, Ashley Jensen and Rebecca Front – you’d be forgiven for assuming bright, spiky comedy was afoot. Instead, writer Kay Mellor serves up a lukewarm drama, following the exciting scrapes, finger-on-the-pulse issues, and the whole crazy circle of life, love and death, as confronted daily by your friendly neighbourhood registrars. Queen of the registrars is Kate (Jensen), who has just been promoted, and tries to juggle the problems of having a massive heart and just caring too damn much with the pressures of her interesting home life. This week, she’s moved by a dying bride. Meanwhile, the stress at work gets worse when her disgruntled colleague Judy (Front) reveals she knows a secret that could make Kate’s life very difficult. The first episode manages to be both predictable and unconvincing, while the weepy worthiness gets almost overpowering.