Thurs­day Love, Lies & Records 9pm, BBC One

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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.

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