TV Times - - On Location - Caren Clark

we show how our work per­sona is so dif­fer­ent to what’s re­ally go­ing on in­side,’ says Con as he joins us. ‘As Brits, we’re good at con­ceal­ing our tur­moil from our col­leagues and Joe al­ways puts on his ar­mour.’

Un­known to his office pals, Joe is go­ing through huge dif­fi­cul­ties in his pri­vate life.

When he re­turns early from work to find his wife, nurse Belinda

(Jill Half­penny), act­ing oddly, he se­cretly in­stalls CCTV in his house. But the father-of-two gets more than he bar­gained for as sur­prises emerge about his whole fam­ily.

‘He be­comes para­noid that Belinda’s hav­ing an af­fair so he sets up cam­eras to catch her out, but that opens a host of se­crets that he had no idea about,’ says Con.

‘It un­bal­ances him and he be­gins to un­ravel in an un­ex­pected way and can’t cope with the fall­out.’

As the fam­ily’s prob­lems mount, Joe des­per­ately tries to hide the fact he has been spy­ing on his loved ones and 50-year-old Con has been given pause for thought about how, in to­day’s world, our lives are mon­i­tored re­lent­lessly.

‘I wouldn’t do what he does, but I un­der­stand why he does it,’ he says. ‘It’s ad­dic­tive to watch CCTV and I hope view­ers will sym­pa­thise, but if this was 10 years ago, I don’t think he’d go on this jour­ney.’

For Con, get­ting stuck into office life on set has been eye-open­ing.

‘I’m sur­prised there aren’t more work­place dra­mas be­cause most peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence this sort of life, but this is my first time in an office sce­nario,’ he says. ‘I couldn’t do this. It’s all open plan and I feel the con­stant ex­po­sure to ev­ery­one else. Just sit­ting there with ev­ery phone call be­ing over­heard and ev­ery email over­looked is weird, it’s like

Big Brother.’

Or­di­nary Lies comes af­ter a busy year for Con, which has seen him star in Sky At­lantic’s The Tun­nel and as Neil, the trou­bled boyfriend of Clare Cartwright (Siob­han Fin­neran), in Happy Val­ley.

‘I’m drawn to these im­per­fect char­ac­ters,’ laughs Con, who was plagued by fans wrongly sus­pect­ing he was the se­rial killer who kept us all guess­ing in Happy Val­ley.

‘I was in a café out­side Belfast and an old lady scowled at me and said, “I know it’s you killing those girls” and just walked away. Maybe I have that se­rial killer qual­ity.’

Al­though a third series of

Happy Val­ley is on the cards, writer Sally Wain­wright has said it won’t be for a while, but Con would jump at the chance to re­turn if asked.

‘I’d do any­thing for Sally, she’s phe­nom­e­nal and there’s a lot of laugh­ter on set, which you wouldn’t think in that show,’ he smiles.

‘I worked with Sarah Lan­cashire on Blood Brothers a gazil­lion years ago and I’m in awe of her. She’s first on set and last off and knows her lines in­side out, it’s just awe­some.’


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