Love, Lies & Records

Ash­ley Jensen on playing a mav­er­ick reg­is­trar in Kay Mel­lor’s much-an­tic­i­pated new drama…

TV Times - - Contents - Sarah Sel­wood

Thurs­day / BBC1 Writer Kay Mel­lor al­ways im­presses with crack­ing char­ac­ters and per­fectly paced plots mixed with north­ern re­al­ism and hu­mour. So I’m look­ing for­ward to this six-parter, which sees Ash­ley Jensen play a reg­is­trar try­ing to jug­gle her per­sonal life with the daily dra­mas of births, deaths and mar­riages.

On a chilly Tues­day in May, the mar­bled cor­ri­dors and sweep­ing stair­cases in­side Dews­bury’s Vic­to­rian town hall are a hive of ac­tiv­ity, as peo­ple from all walks of life pre­pare to reg­is­ter births, deaths and mar­riages.

TV Times is on set for award­win­ning writer Kay Mel­lor’s lat­est BBC1 drama, Love, Lies & Records, head­lined by Ex­tras and Ugly Betty star Ash­ley Jensen.

The six-part se­ries follows Ash­ley’s mav­er­ick reg­is­trar, Kate Dick­en­son, as she tries to jug­gle her per­sonal life with the daily dra­mas that her job brings.

Things are set to get even more com­pli­cated when a dis­grun­tled col­league threat­ens to ex­pose a se­cret from her past…

Dur­ing a break in film­ing, we booked an appointment with Ash­ley, 48, to find out more…

what sets Love, Lies & Records apart from other dra­mas? It’s about how other peo­ples lives af­fect us all on a daily ba­sis and there’s nowhere more dra­matic than a reg­is­ter of­fice. Most peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced a birth, a mar­riage or a death at some point and the drama that goes on around it, and the im­pli­ca­tions that it has on the peo­ple that work here. We cover ev­ery­thing – re­la­tion­ships, dif­fer­ent cul­tures, dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties, trans­gen­der, same-sex mar­riages.

Tell us more about Kate’s home life… She has a son, Tom, from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, a daugh­ter, Lucy, with Rob, her De­tec­tive Sergeant part­ner, and a step­son, Liam, who is Rob’s son. Kate’s do­ing what a lot of women do now – she’s try­ing to jug­gle fam­ily life and be­ing a good mum and a good part­ner with her work.

How would you de­scribe Kate and rob’s re­la­tion­ship?

They do, deep down, love each other, but they’re not re­ally find­ing a great deal of time for one an­other at the mo­ment, with chil­dren pulling them in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, want­ing dogs and new phones. Kate is a mav­er­ick at work, isn't she? Yes, some­times the way she goes about things is not nec­es­sar­ily con­ven­tional be­cause she follows her heart and is a peo­ple per­son.

we bet that goes down well with her col­league Judy, who’s a stick­ler for the rules! Judy is Kate’s neme­sis; they work in very dif­fer­ent ways. Judy has a rule­book, Kate’s thrown hers out of the win­dow. Kate’s in­tu­itive and Judy likes to have a bit of or­der and she finds Kate chaotic, which she sort of is.

Your char­ac­ters have some fab­u­lous slang­ing matches, don’t they? Yeah, we do! Judy holds some­thing over Kate and has her in a metaphor­i­cal vice­like grip. It’s some­thing that has to be dealt with that has huge im­pli­ca­tions on Kate’s life and her whole mo­ral code.

is there more im­pli­ca­tions for Kate’s friend­ship with col­league rick? (Laugh­ing) There might be, there might not be!

what re­search did you do?

We went to Leeds town hall and met these won­der­ful peo­ple who showed us what they did. You’ve got to be a peo­ple per­son to work in that place, be­cause you’re deal­ing with peo­ple who are at their most vul­ner­a­ble.

Hav­ing now played a reg­is­trar, is it a job that ap­peals to you?

I can re­ally re­late to Kate be­cause I love peo­ple, but like Kate, I think I’d get too much in­volved with ev­ery­body’s sto­ries!

Love, Lies & Records THURS­DAY / BBC1 / 9.00Pm

The real deal:

Kay’s life ex­pe­ri­ences in­form her

dra­mas Rick Sev­ers

Kenny Doughty The pop­u­lar Deputy Reg­is­trar is try­ing for a baby with his part­ner Olivia but an­other failed round of IVF

is tak­ing its toll.

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